Fiona Hall wins visionary award - Art Collector

Fiona Hall, Understorey, 1999-2004, detail, glass beads, silver wire, plastic vitrine, 176 x 150 x 87cm. Courtesy: the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

21 September 2011 | Fiona Hall has been named a visionary in the the biennial Melbourne Art Foundation’s awards for the visual arts, run in the Melbourne Art Fair’s off year.

The award recognised a career spanning almost four decades. She has worked in photography, sculpture and installation, often collaborating with scientists, historians and museologists.

Collectors and philanthropists Marc and Eva Besen were also recognised as visionaries. The Besens established Australia’s first privately funded public museum, opening the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria in 2002, and are known for their philanthropic efforts through the Besen Family Foundation. They also have a well-regarded collection which has been developed over the past 60 years.

Hall and the Besens received a bronze trophy sculpted by Marea Gazzard at a gala dinner in Sydney last week.

Jane O'Sullivan

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