Back in 1988, Philip Cox designed what was meant to be a temporary pavilion to represent Australia in the Giardini of Venice, during that year’s Biennale. Twenty-six years later, it’s finally ended its tenure and headed to a more permanent home on the Coldstream winery grounds belonging to art patron and restauranteur, Ronnie di Stasio. It’s done a terrific innings, and it’s great to see the structure getting a final resting place. Even more exciting, though, is to see the construction of the permanent pavilion, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and on track to open on May 9th next year as part of the unveiling of the 2015 Biennale. The DCM building will be the first 21st century building in the Giardini, and probably the most significant since Francois Pinault’s Fondazione opened in 2009 near the Santa Maria della Salute, designed by Tado Ando. Backing directly onto the canal that divides the main garden from the Venice Pavilion, it’s a majestic setting for a no less magnificent building. It’s a monolithic black box, the kind of thing Kubrick envisaged plonked down to earth in 2001, A Space Odyssey. And like Kubrick’s vision, this structure’s intriguingly otherworldly. It’s a great context in which to show our country’s greatest artists – and such a wonderful setting for 2015‘s artist, Fiona Hall, who is bold enough in every way to stand up to this rigorous setting. The 56th Biennale di Venezia, bring it on!