Fiona Hall to Represent Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale

Fiona Hall will represent Australia at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Her exhibition will inaugurate the Australian Pavilion, which was designed by Australian architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall. Replacing the 1988 temporary pavilion by Philip Cox, it is the first twenty-first century and only water-facing pavilion to be constructed in the historic Giardini. Linda Michael, deputy director and senior curator at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, will curate the exhibition. Said Simon Mordant, commissioner for the Australian pavilion: “When selecting an artist to represent the nation, we found that Hall’s ideas and work stood out for their unique aesthetics and sensibility and their examination of universal themes of today that transcend borders, particularly environmental degradation and globalization. Next year, we look forward to seeing her installation in dialogue with Denton Corker Marshall’s visionary design of Australia’s new pavilion, and welcoming visitors from around the globe to join us in experiencing Hall’s provocative and challenging work.”