Nov 2, 2017

Patrons object to Australia Council’s new Venice Biennale transparency measures

Why are wealthy philanthropists upset about changes to Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale? Maybe because they can no longer run their own show.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

The art world was abuzz this week with the announcement that the Australia Council is reforming the selection process for Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale.

Australia’s presence at the world’s most prestigious art fair is funded through a mix of public and private support. The federal government chips in funding through the Australia Council, but donors and philanthropists like fashion mogul Naomi Milgrom and merchant banker Simon Mordant – current and former “independent commissioners” to Venice – also dig into their own pockets to help.     

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  1. Hoojakafoopy

    This is good news and a much more informative article than the gossipy sour grapes from John Kelly in the Daily Review. The pulling of funding from Mordant and Balnaves just demonstrates that they’re not real philanthropists, only wealthy people seeking to buy power.

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