14 September 2015
Naomi Milgrom AO has been appointed Commissioner for the Australian representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017.
In addition to her duties as owner and executive chair the Sussan Group, Ms Milgrom has a distinguished record of leadership and philanthropy in the arts, sciences and education.
A committed and passionate supporter of the arts, Ms Milgrom recently established the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to initiate bold public art, design and architecture projects including MPavilion, a new temporary cultural space in Melbourne.
She was the Chair of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art from 2005 – 2011 and is a former Trustee of both the National Gallery of Victoria and The Jewish Museum of Australia.
Ms Milgrom is also a member of the International Council for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Basel Global Patrons Council and former Chair of The Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission for ANZ Trustees.
"I'm honoured to be invited to work with the Australia Council to deliver the Australian representation in 2017," said Ms Milgrom. "The Venice Biennale is the most important event on the international contemporary art calendar and something that continually inspires me. Australia's participation places our artists in the centre of the global contemporary art scene. I look forward to building on the success of this milestone year."
Mr Tony Grybowski, Australia Council Chief Executive said "We look forward to working closely with Naomi over the coming months on the selection of the 2017 artist for Venice as well as securing private support for this flagship public-private partnership. The role of Commissioner is vital to the advocacy and fundraising programs around our participation in each Biennale."
Naomi Milgrom AO will take over from Simon Mordant AM as Commissioner following the 2015 Venice Biennale.
During his time as Commissioner, Mr Mordant led a highly successful campaign to fund the new Australian Pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall in Venice and the pavilion's inaugural exhibition by Fiona Hall AO.