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Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important visual arts event in the world. Every two years, Venice becomes the world stage, showcasing the latest in contemporary art. It attracts 30,000 key international curators, critics, collectors and artists to the three-day Vernissage (preview) period alone. Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale is managed by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.

Since 2007, the Balnaves Foundation has been the Major Partner of Australia's participation in the Venice Biennale. The Foundation recognises the importance of participating in The Venice Biennale as it provides Australian artists with critical international exposure to build their careers and connect them to new audiences and markets. The Venice Biennale also helps build the profile of Australian contemporary visual arts generally and facilitates the establishment of significant international cultural links. Australia's official representation for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 was artist Fiona Hall at the Australian Pavilion in the Giardini. This exhibition entitled 'Wrong Way Time' and was curated by Linda Michael.

The Balnaves Foundation will again be supporting the Australian Representation at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The artist that will be representing Australia is Tracey Moffatt; one of Australia’s most successful artists, both nationally and internationally. Highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, her work draws on the history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies. This exhibition will be curated by Natalie King. The Balnaves Foundation has also donated funds towards the construction of the new Australian Pavillion in the Giardini.

For more information about Australia's representation at the Venice Biennale please visit

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Tracey Moffatt - Australias Representation at the 2017 Venice Biennale
Fiona Hall's Wrong Way Time
Artist Fiona Hall with her Work 'Wrong Way Time'

Title : Tracey Moffatt for Next Venice Biennale

Dec 15, 2015

Moffatt is the first Indigenous Artist to present a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Title : Australian Artist Announced for 2017 Venice Biennale

Dec 15, 2015

The Australia Council for the Arts today announced Tracey Moffatt has been selected to represent Australia at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017.

Title : Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale opened by George Brandis and Cate Blanchett

May 22, 2015

Australia's new permanent pavilion at the illustrious Venice Biennale has been officially opened with a traditional indigenous Australian smoking ceremony and warm words from arts minister George Brandis, actress Cate Blanchett, and Melbourne architect John Denton.

Title : Venice 2015: the 5 best pavilions

May 21, 2015

Fiona Hall’s wunderkammer of glimmering objects in the brand new Australian pavilion, opened by Cate Blanchett, shows her extraordinary gift for juxtaposing ideas and materials

Title : Venice Biennale: Cate Blanchett and George Brandis open $7.5m Australian pavilion - The Gaurdian

May 15, 2015

Black box part-funded by Australia Council houses Fiona Hall’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and nods to the arrival of European settlers on Indigenous land

Title : Australian Art has a new home in venice - AFR

Feb 27, 2015

When the 56th Venice Biennale opens in May, Australia will have a new base in which to show off its contemporary art and architecture.

Title : Private Sector Funds New pavilion at Venice Biennale - AFR

Feb 27, 2015

Australian art lovers have a new pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale - thanks to the private sector.

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