Full steam ahead for Venice redevelopment - Art Collector

The new Australian pavillion, view from the canal. Courtesy: Denton Corker Marshall, Melbourne

24 April 2013 | The redevlopment of Australia’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale has gained significant financial support in the past week. It has been announced that the total public and private donations towards the project have exceeded $6 million.

A special reception was hosted by the Australia Council on Friday, where minister for the arts Tony Burke confirmed that the federal government will contribute $1 million to the project.

The private contributions to the new pavilion have been spearheaded by the Australian commissioner for the 2013 and 2015 biennales, Simon Mordant. Having made an initial pledge of $1 million the Mordant family have now doubled their donation, gifting a total of $2 million to the project after seeing the new design for the pavilion. The pavilion has been designed by architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall.

Front view of the new Australian pavillion. Courtesy: Denton Corker Marshall, Melbourne

Denton Corker Marshall’s successful design for the new pavilion is based around the concept of of a white box within a black box. Clad in South Australian black granite, the building will consist of offices and storage at ground level and an elevated single-level 250 square metres of exhibition space above.

Other significant contributors to the project include the Belgiorno-Nettis family, Allan Myers AO QC and Maria Myers AO, Andrew and Cathy Cameron and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Mr Mordant stated that due to the level of generosity, the new pavilion is "full steam ahead" to open as anticipated in 2015. The first breaking of ground for the project is scheduled to take place in December this year.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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