Venice Biennale 2019

Australia at the Venice Biennale

March 19 2019, Sydney, Australia - Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition ASSEMBLY opens with the ‘Michela’ machine, a 19th century stenographic machine, modelled on a piano keyboard, which is used in the Italian Senate for official parliamentary reporting to ensure transparency within the democratic process. The machine’s inventor, Antonio Michela Zucco, was originally inspired by musical notation as a universal language. 

Mesiti uses this device to code “To Be Written in Another Tongue,” a poem by David Malouf, which is then arranged into a musical score by composer Max Lyandvert, and played by an ensemble of musicians whilst performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that make up cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite.

The Australia Council for the Arts announced Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at the 58th Biennale di Venezia will be a multi-screen installation titled ASSEMBLY. One of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally profiled contemporary artists, Angelica Mesiti works across video, performance and installation.  Mesiti has developed a practice characterised by large-scale video and sound works. She is known for using cinematic language and performance to explore stories of the individual and the collective.

Australia has been represented at the Venice Biennale since 1954 by many distinguished contemporary visual artists. The Venice Biennale provides Australian artists with critical international coverage, exposing them to key new audiences, markets and contexts. The Venice Biennale 2019 sees artistic team, Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg representing Australia at our pavilion in the Giardini.

Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale is a signature project of our international strategy, realised through significant co-investment from the Australia Council and supporters who are committed to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts across global borders. Become a Champion and join us in celebrating the impact of this international project. The May Champions’ Program runs from Sunday 5 May to Friday 10 May 2019 (Vernissage 8-10 May), or attend later in the year during the September Champions’ program; from Sunday 29 September to Thursday 3 October 2019.

Venice Biennale Professional Development Program

The Venice Biennale 2019 Professional Development Program supports the Australia arts sector by providing a range of opportunities for arts professionals to further their experience and professional skills in Venice. 

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New details announced for ASSEMBLY, Angelica Mesiti's exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2019

March 19 2019, Sydney, Australia - Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition ASSEMBLY opens with the ‘Michela’ machine, a 19th century stenographic machine, modelled on a piano keyboard, which is used in the Italian Senate for official parliamentary reporting to ensure transparency within the democratic process. The machine’s inventor, Antonio Michela Zucco, was originally inspired by musical notation as a universal language.

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The 2019 Cross Family Fellowship Recipients

This initiative is made possible thanks to the generous donation from Paul and Samantha, and Anthony and Clare Cross. The Cross Family Fellowship offers participants in the Venice Biennale 2019 Professional Development Program.

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Jan
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Assembly Angelica Mesiti's Exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at the 2019 Biennale Di Venezia

Australia Council for the Arts will present ASSEMBLY Angelica Mesiti’s Exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at the 2019 Biennale di Venezia December 11, 2018, Sydney Australia —The Australia Council for the Arts today announced Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at the 58th Biennale di ­Venezia will be a multi-screen installation titled ASSEMBLY.

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Ambitious Australian Arts Professionals assemble in Venice

An impressive team of emerging arts professionals, exhibition team leaders and volunteers will support Australia’s exhibition in Venice, as part of the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Professional Development Program.

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Venice Champions' Program

Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale is realised through a long standing co-investment project managed by the Australia Council for the Arts. The generosity and passion of the individuals and organisations who share our commitment to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts globally ensures the continued success of Australia at Venice.

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