BIENNALES AUSTRALIA ART PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
One of the world’s longest running biennales, the Biennale of Sydney, has announced architect and arts supporter Penelope Seidler AM as a new Board Director. Though new to the event’s board, Seidler is by no means new to the event. She was at the inaugural Biennale of Sydney in 1973 and has visited each Biennale since.
Seidler said: “I am pleased to join the board of this inspiring institution. I am excited to be working with an organisation that brings contemporary art – something I have been involved with for many years through our architectural practice – to the forefront of public awareness.”
Chairman Luca Belgiorno-Nettis said he is extremely delighted with Seidler’s appointment to the board. “Penelope has been a long-time supporter of the Biennale and is a highly-regarded figure in Sydney’s cultural fabric. With her, she brings a deep passion for contemporary art and a broad working knowledge of both Australian and international arts organisations.”
Penelope Seidler AM currently holds a number of leadership roles in the business and community sectors, both locally and internationally, including: Board of Directors, International Council, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Member, International Advisory Board MAK (Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art), Vienna; Member, Australian Commissioner’s Council, Venice Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011); Member, University of New South Wales Built Environment Advisory Council; Chairman, Acquisitions Committee and Council Member, The Australiana Fund; and CEO, Harry Seidler & Associates. She is an avid art collector, with a focus on acquiring artwork by young local and international contemporary artists.
We stumbled upon a video (24m:43s) created by Art Gallery NSW in which Seidler discusses the function of biennales in the lead-up to the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.
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