Record Number Of Australian Artists Invited To Present Works At The 56th Venice Biennale

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Friday 06 March 2015.

The Australia Council for the Arts announced today that seven Australian artists have been selected to exhibit in the official curated program of the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Daniel Boyd, Emily Floyd, Marco Fusinato, Newell Harry, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth and the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye have each been chosen by internationally acclaimed curator and art critic Okwui Enwezor for the Biennale’s headline International Art Exhibition, All the World’s Futures.

Enwezor announced the inclusion of these artists in the central exhibition at the first official press conference of the 56th Venice Biennale today. The inclusion of these artists in the central exhibition, along with other exhibitions showing at the Biennale, means a record number of over 40 Australian artists will be showing works at this year’s Biennale.

“This is an incredible result, one that raises Australia’s international profile and demonstrates the quality of work coming from our visual arts sector. This international recognition highlights the global interest in Australian art, and marks an impressive year for Australian visual art and artists” said Mr Tony Grybowski, Chief Executive of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Australian Commissioner Simon Mordant AM said “the Venice Biennale is the most prestigious event for contemporary visual arts globally. The 56th Venice Biennale is an important milestone for Australia, with Fiona Hall’s exhibition Wrong Way Time being the first exhibition presented in the new Australian Pavilion, opening not just a beautiful new building but a new chapter for Australian design and visual arts internationally.”

In 2014, the Australia Council for the Arts supported Okwui Enwezor’s visit to Australia during which he met with artists and visited key visual arts institutions in Sydney and Melbourne. Mr Grybowski said that the Australia Council was thrilled that Enwezor’s strong engagement with Australian art has culminated in seven artists receiving invitations to exhibit in the curated exhibition, which is the centrepiece of the Venice Biennale.