Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) is creating a new Australian pavilion for the Giardini della Biennale in Venice to replacing the Philip Cox-designed temporary structure. Australia’s best contemporary art and architecture will soon be on display within its walls.
Residing at the Giardini della Biennale since 1988, the pavilion’s restructure has in talks since 2008, and once completed it will be the only 21st century pavilion in the Giardini.
Home to 29 national pavilions, the Giardini has become a place of eclectic heritage buildings. Visitors from all over the world are able to see architectural history unfold when walking through the gardens.
According to Australia Council project director Elaine Chia who is collaborating with DCM, the project combines culture, communication and design. The international nature of the project demands patience and cooperation.
An art enthusiast himself, John Denton jumped at the chance to be a part of this project stating, “Small projects require more rigour, and they’re good training for the younger people in the office, an opportunity to do something tight and minimal,”.
Envisioned as a space with art as the main focus, DCM’s building will complement the exhibition inside.
The design is simple and makes the most of the location and new orientation of the pavilion that now overlooks one of the Venetian canals.
Allowing for the building to age with grace, DCM’s design is perfect for showcasing modern art and architecture.
The new pavilion is set to help propel Australian art on a global scale, attracting a range of new contemporary artists.
To coincide with the 56th International Art Exhibition, the pavilion will open its doors in May. South Australian artist Fiona Hall is the first to exhibit her work.
Katrina Strickland goes into further detail in her article Australian art has a new home at Venice Biennale, which appears in the latest edition of the Australian Financial Review magazine.