The Australian Pavilion

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Australia has had a national pavilion in the prestigious Giardini since 1988 – one of only 29 countries to have a permanent national presence at the Biennale.

The original pavilion, designed by Phillip Cox, was built as a temporary structure and was opened in 1988.  Australia will be the first country to redevelop and build a 21st century pavilion in the Giardini.

Australia’s new pavilion, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, will provide an elegant home to showcase the best of Australian art and architecture. The redevelopment will be delivered through a public-private partnership, in the same manner that the Philip Cox pavilion was realised a quarter of a century ago.

The new Australian Pavilion will be completed in time for the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015. This is a significant opportunity to affirm Australia’s commitment to the Venice Biennale and to present the best of Australia’s contemporary visual art and architecture.

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