04 Jun 2009

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Updated coverage on New Zealands Venice Biennale representation

The streets of Venice rang with the unlikely sounds of a kapa haka performance announcing New Zealand's presence at the world's oldest contemporary art event on 3 June 2009.

The 53rd Venice Biennale, set up in 1895, attracted over 70 countries to the famous city ahead of the public opening on 7 June 2009.

New Zealand ambassador Laurie Marks said the Biennale was a fantastic event. ``What better location than Venice to experience the transposition of the South pacific with such a historical centre of Italian art.''

New Zealand's opening festivities included an early morning procession with award winning kapa haka group Te Waka Huia. There was also an official blessing of artist Judy Millar's exhibition venue, the historic La Maddalena church, and sculptor Francis Upritchard's Fondazione Claudio Buziol, an intimate former residence that looks directly onto the main canal. This was followed by a powhiri at Venice's historic Piazzo St Marco.

Jenny Harper, who with Creative New Zealand commissioned the Biennale artists, said `The exhibitions created by Judy Millar and Francis Upritchard are making us feel so proud and are sure to create a sensation here in this amazing city.''

The ceremony was viewed by an international audience. Click to see coverage in the following media outlets.


New Zealand

Stuff website(04 June 2009)

The Press (05 June 2009)

Dominion Post (05 June 2009)

NZ Herald (05 June 2009)

The Big Idea

The Press' Arts Editor Chris Moore's Blog on Stuff - direct from Venice

Radio New Zealand Morning Report - (08 June 2009)

Pulp magazine Winter 09

Taranaki Daily News - 20 June 09

Sunday Star Times - 21 June 09

MiNDFOOD August edition

NZ Listener review 4 July 09

NZ Herald Viva, David Moreland NZ Room

Radio New Zealand Arts on Sunday 19 July 09




Xinhua News
The Washington Post
Getty Images

The Independent

Il Giornale (in Italian)

La Stampa(in Italian)

The Independent (5 June)

The Sunday Observer

WGSN Creative Industry

L'Uomo Vogue June 09

The Daily Beast

Artkey magazine (in Italian)

Tate Shots with Francis Upritchard

Koelner Stadtanzeiger

(German Translation: Kiwis for the arts
New Zealand pavilion opens with a Maori-ceremony on St Mark's square. In Venice opens the 53. Biennale for the arts, the oldest and most important exhibition of contemporary art. )


Apollo International Magazine for Collectors


Keep up to date with New Zealand at the Venice Biennale at www.nzatvenice.com