Venice Biennale

Australia Council and the Venice Biennale

Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest and most prestigious biennale of international contemporary art. Unique for its dual exhibition model, the Venice Biennale comprises of a curated show and individual exhibitions of ‘national participations’.  It is an important forum for countries to affirm their nation’s artistc and cultural identity.

Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale began in 1954, and since then 36 distinguished contemporary visual artists have exhibited under the Australia banner. Click here to see all the Australian representations at the Venice Biennale. 

The Australia Council proudly owns and manages the Australian Pavilion and Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale.

Tracey Moffatt will be the sole artist representing Australia at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017. Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful artists, both nationally and internationally. Highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, her work draws on the history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies.  

The 2017 exhibition will be curated by Natalie King, who is also a widely published arts writer with more than two decades experience in international contemporary art. Her unique cultural footprint has seen her develop expertise and networks across indigenous as well as contemporary arts.

Naomi Milgrom AO is the Commissioner for the Australian representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017. Ms Milgrom is an exceptional business leader and entrepreneur with a distinguished record of leadership and philanthropy in the arts, sciences and education.

Click here to read the full media release.


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