Fiona Hall to represent Australia at Venice 2015 - Art Collector

Fiona Hall, Mourning Chorus, 2007-8. Resin, plastic bottles, lights and vinyl in vitrine, 217 x 157 x 88cm, installation shot of Big Game Hunting at Heide Museum of Modern Art 2013. Courtesy: the artist, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

27 November 2013 | Fiona Hall has been announced as the sole artist to represent Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

Linda Michael, deputy director and senior curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, will curate the exhibition. She also curated Australia's official exhibition of Patricia Piccinici at the 2003 Venice Biennale.

Speaking at the announcement at the Art Gallery of New South Wales yesterday, chair of the Australia Council Rupert Myer stated that the 2015 Venice Biennale "is a particularly exciting one for Australia, as it will be the first year the new pavillion, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, will be open."

Hall stated that it was a great honour to be chosen to create the first exhibition in the new pavillion, and that curator Linda Myer's "acute analysis of the emotive and political dimensions of my work and the numerous intriguing conversations that have taken place between us about recent projects made her the right choice for this next major venture.”


Fiona Hall, Breathing in the Afterlife, 2009-11. Aluminium and video, 21 x 21cm, edition of 5. Courtesy: the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Hall's work, which has explored the relationship between nature and culture for over three decades, is held in all the major Australian state galleries, regional galleries, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

She was selected to represent Australia at Venice 2015 by a seven member expert panel comprising Simon Mordant, Australian Commissioner for the 2013 and 2015 Venice Biennales; Danie Mellor, artist and chair of the selection advisory panel; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, curator; Max Delany, senior curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne; Rachel Kent, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney; Suhanya Raffel, director of collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney; and Leigh Robb, curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.


Alexandra Djurichkovic



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