Simon Mordant named next Venice Biennale commissioner - Art Collector

Simon & Catriona Mordant at home with a work by Bronwyn Oliver, photographed for Australian Art Collector by Stephen Oxenbury in 2008.

28 February 2011 | Simon Mordant has been named the Australian commissioner for the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Mordant is currently the deputy commissioner for the 2011 biennale presentation, working with commissioner Doug Hall, which will see Hany Armanious exhibit in the Australian pavilion.

Alongside overseeing the selection of Australia’s representing artist, the commissioner is responsible for fundraising. Mordant is not short of experience in this area having played a pivotal role in fundraising for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s $53 million redevelopment. He has since been named chairman of the MCA.

Mordant commented on the fundraising challenge for the Venice Biennale: “Behind this showcase is an important public/private partnership to deliver the event … I look forward to further building the ongoing financial sustainability behind our representation of Australia at Venice and creating a great event.”

Mordant is also co-chief executive of Greenhill Caliburn, and sits on the boards of the Sydney Theatre Company, the Tate International Council, and the Leadership Council for the New Museum in New York.

Jane O'Sullivan

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