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.
On this site you can find a selection of our past activities.
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.
Biennale of Sydney 2018
Two Finnish artists, Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Tuomas A. Laitinen participated the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018. 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 14 March until 11 June 2018.
Manifesta 10 On Board 2014
As part of the M10 Education program MANIFESTA 10 On Board brought together artists, students, and arts professionals on an overnight ferry trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg on October 7-8 to engage in a dynamic dialogue about the context in which MANIFESTA 10 is presented and the issues related to its controversial presentation in Russia in 2014.
The On Board program offered a socio-cultural context for viewers to examine MANIFESTA 10 by discussing what censorship/self-censorship means in this region and its impact on the work of artists and arts organizations. The program began on board the St. Peter Line ferry in Helsinki and was followed by a program of events within the main venues of the Biennial at the State Hermitage Museum and at various cultural organizations across St. Petersburg.
Manifesta 10 On Board was realised in partnership with Frame Visual Art Finland, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.
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