Australia’s artistic team for Biennale Arte 2021
Please note: La Biennale di Venezia has announced that the 59th International Art Exhibition curated by Cecilia Alemani which was to take place from May 2021 has been postponed by one year. The exhibition will now be open to the public from Saturday 23 April to Sunday 27 November 2022.
The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announced the appointment of Cecilia Alemani as the Director of the Visual Arts Department, with the task of planning and curating the upcoming 59th International Art Exhibition. Cecilia Alemani is a curator who has organized many exhibitions of contemporary artists, she is currently Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, the programme of public art of the renowned urban park build on an elevated railroad in New York, and is a past curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017.
On the occasion of her appointment, Cecilia Alemani said: 'It is a great honor to be able to take on this role in one of the most prestigious and recognized Italian institutions in the world. As the first Italian woman to hold this position, I understand and appreciate the responsibility and also the opportunity offered to me and I intend to give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society.'
As Commissioner for Australia, the Australia Council is pleased to announce Marco Fusinato and Alexie Glass-Kantor have been selected as the artist and curator for Australia’s representation at the 59th Venice Biennale. Fusinato’s exhibition will be presented at the Australian Pavilion within the historic Giardini della Biennale precinct from May to November 2021.
Marco Fusinato has led a distinguished career as a contemporary Australian artist and musician. Combining gallery practices and live performance, Fusinato works extensively across installation, photography, performance, recording, and publishing. His overall aesthetic project combines allegorical appropriation with an interest in the intensity of a gesture or event.
Alexie Glass-Kantor is one of Australia’s most highly regarded curators, currently the Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney and the curator of Encounters for Art Basel Hong Kong.
Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette AM said: “We are excited to announce Marco Fusinato and Alexie Glass-Kantor as Australia’s representatives at Biennale Arte 2021 and look forward to the realisation of this work that will reflect the richness of Australia’s creativity. Representing Australia at the Venice Biennale offers one of the most significant international opportunities for Australian contemporary visual artists. Australia’s continued participation at Venice maintains our commitment to Australian contemporary visual arts and artists and connecting Australian and global audiences.”