Special projects

Coordinating Finland’s participation in the Venice Biennale is Frame’s most extensive international project. In addition to that, we support and execute numerous other projects, that give opportunities for Finnish artists and professionals to participate in major art events around the world. Most of our projects are produced in collaboration with other organisations and professionals, and we seek partners actively both in Finland and abroad.


HIAP at the Gwangju Biennale 2018

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is a platform for international collaborative projects and residencies for art professionals from around the world. Participating in the Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project of 2018 held in Gwangju, South Korea, the exhibition and public programme, titled Fictional Frictions, sets out to explore shifting understandings of borders. Following HIAP’s tentacular way of operating, the exhibition builds a bridge for artists and thinkers from Finland and South Korea to gently collide and coexist for a moment.

The exhibition investigates diverse mechanisms of boundary making, and fosters unexpected entanglements. Finnish artists Elina Vainio (b.1981) and Nestori Syrjälä (b.1983) will examine humans’ influences and ways of relating to ecological transformations. For Gwangju Biennale, they will realise context-specific iterations of their recent installations. The pavilion is curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi (HIAP) who has in recent years worked extensively on Frontiers in Retreat, a five-year project on art and ecology.

HIAP Pavilion is realised as part of the 12th Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project, with the support of Gwangju Biennale Foundation, and in partnership with Frame Contemporary Art Finland. The 12th Gwangju Biennale runs from September 7 until 11 November 2018 in Gwangju, South Korea.


Finland Represented at Untitled Miami 2014

Three Helsinki based galleries along with Komplot collective from Brussels gave an introduction to the Finnish contemporary art scene at the Untitled. Miami art fair on Miami art week 3–7 December. Finland Represented – Initiatives for Individuality presented a selection of galleries and art spaces showcasing a variety of actors from the independent to the commercial and from the agency to the collaborator.

The participating galleries were selected by curator Aura Seikkula. Gallery ARTag presented works by Emma Helle, Teemu Korpela and Hans Rosenström. SIC art space exhibited works by Olli Keränen and Maija Luutonen, and Sinne gallery of the Pro Artibus Foundation an performative installation by Anastasia Ax.

Initiatives for Individuality exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Finland in New York and Frame Contemporary Art Finland. The exhibition was supported by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.


Biennale of Sydney 2014

Three Finnish artists, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Sasha Huber and Anna Tuori participated the 19th Biennale of Sydney. In the exhibition, called You Imagine What You Desire, Halonen and Huber presented video works, and Tuori paintings. The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale is a three-month exhibition, with an accompanying programme.

The biennale was held form 21 March until 9 June 2014.


ARCOmadrid 2014: FocusFinland

Finland was the focus country at the international ARCOmadrid art fair in Spain in February 2014. The Finnish programme at the fair consisted of 13 galleries and the #FocusFinland Pavilion featuring two video installations by the Finnish artist Heta Kuchka. Each gallery presented a solo exhibition at their stands. The Finnish programme at the fair was curated by Leevi Haapala from Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

#FocusFinland was a joint effort of various organisations. The programme was coordinated by Frame Contemporary Art Finland. The programme at the fair was a collaboration between Frame and the Finnish galleries in the ARCOmadrid programme. The Kiasma Lounge was hosted by Frame and Kiasma. The accompanying programme was organized by Frame, the Finnish Institute in Madrid and the venues in Madrid.


Participating galleries in #FocusFinland:

Gallery Ama: Elina Brotherus
Galerie Anhava: Antti Laitinen
Forum Box: Mia Hamari
Galerie Forsblom: Leena Nio
Gallery Heino: IC-98 (Patrik Söderlund & Visa Suonpää)
Helsinki Contemporary: Ville Andersson
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte: Perttu Saksa
Korjaamo Gallery: Riiko Sakkinen
Make Your Mark: Egs (ARCO: #Opening-programme)
Showroom Helsinki: Jiri Geller
SIC (#Opening-programme): Olli Keränen, Karri Kuoppala, Maija Luutonen, Kalle Leino, Muriel Kuoppala, Konsta Ojala, Sauli Sirviö, Timo Vaittinen ja Laura Wesamaa
Sinne: Anna Rokka
Gallery Taik Persons: Niko Luoma