What Price Australia's New Venice Biennale Pavilion?

What Price Australia's New Venice Biennale Pavilion?
Rupert Myer AM, John Denton, The Hon Tony Burke MP, Simon Mordant AM, and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM
(Nicholas Forrest)

The Australian Government today announced that they will pledge $1 million towards the development of Australia’s new Venice Biennale Pavilion, due for completion in time for the 56th International Art Exhibition in 2015. The $1 million brings the current total pledges for the project to over $6 million.

Minister for the Arts, The Hon Tony Burke MP, made the announcement at the Australia Council headquarters in the presence of a number of the private benefactors. He praised the generosity and level of support given to the project by Australia’s creative and philanthropic community.  

One of the most significant contributions to the project has came from Simon Mordant AM, Australian Commissioner for the 2013 and 2015 Venice Biennales. Mr. Mordant initially pledged $1 million but increased his pledge to $2 million after seeing the plans for the new Pavilion. Other major contributions have come from the Belgiorno-Nettis family, Allan Myers AO QC and Maria Myers AO, Andrew and Cathy Cameron, the Neslon Meers Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Designed by world renowned architectural practice Denton Corker Marshall, the new Australian Pavilion will see the current Phillip Cox designed Pavilion replaced with the only 21st century building in the historic Biennale Gardens. Construction of the Pavilion is due to begin in December and will take twelve months to complete.

Architect John Denton of Denton Corker Marshall describes the new Pavilion as “a white box inside a black box, a completely free space for artists to do whatever they want.” It will be clad in South-Australian black granite and will have what Denton describes as an “enigmatic character.”

Watch a flythrough of the new Australian Pavilion below

Australian Pavilion Venice Flythrough from Australia Council for the Arts on Vimeo.