Venice Biennale 2019

Open call for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2019

In January 2018 Frame Contemporary Art Finland invited proposals for the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.

The international jury will invite 3–4 applicants to develop their proposals further.

In April 2018, one project will be selected to be realised for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2019.

The jury members

Sabine Breitwieser, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Natasha Ginwala, Independent Curator
Terike Haapoja, Artist, Nordic Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale
Maija Tanninen-Mattila, Director, HAM Helsinki Art Museum
Chaired by Raija Koli, Director, Frame Contemporary Art Finland

What is the procedure?

  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10 January 2018.
  • Shortlisted entrants must submit a detailed plan by 1 April 2018.
  • Shortlisted entrants will personally present their proposals to the jury and the final selection will be made in April 2018.

For more information

Raija Koli, Director, Frame Contemporary Art Finland,

Members of the jury



Sabine Breitwieser is an international curator and museum director and became the Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in September 2013. Since 2014 she also became again the Artistic Director of the Generali Foundation. She previously served as Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010–2013), and as Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna (1988–2007).  In 2012 Sabine Breitwieser was a recipient of the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award. In 2015 she served in the jury for the 56th Biennale di Venezia.

Sabine Breitwieser has organized more than 150 monographic and thematic exhibitions in Europe and the United States and has also edited and published about 100 catalogs and books.

Natasha Ginwala is an independent curator and writer. She has been curator of Contour Biennale 8 Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium and curatorial advisor for documenta 14 (2017). Recent projects include My East is Your West featuring Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana at the 56th Venice Biennale; Still Against the Sky featuring Hajra Waheed at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Corruption…Everybody Knows with e-flux, New York within the framework of the SUPERCOMMUNITY project.

Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and has curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke) and at Muzeum Sztuki (with Daniel Muzyczuk). From 2013–15 she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings with Vivian Ziherl. Her upcoming projects include Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future at ifa Gallery, Berlin and Stuttgart in 2018. Ginwala writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications.

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish visual artist based in New York. Haapoja’s large scale installation work, writing and political projects investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism.

Haapoja represented Finland in the 55 Venice Biennale with a solo show in the Nordic Pavilion, and her work has been awarded with several prizes, including ANTI prize for Live Art (2016), Dukaatti-prize (2008) and Ars Fennica prize nomination. History of Others, Haapoja’s collaboration with writer Laura Gustafsson has been awarded with Finnish State Media art award (2016) and Kiila-prize (2013). Haapoja is a part time lecturer at Parsons Fine Arts, New York.

Director Maija Tanninen-Mattila has a long and diverse background in the visual arts, museums and audience engagement. She has led a variety of visual arts institutions: Ateneum Art Museum, the Finnish National Gallery (2006–2013) and the Helsinki Kunsthalle (2001–2006). Currently she is Director of HAM the Helsinki Art Museum (2013–). HAM is one of the largest art museums in the Nordic countries and is situated . In addition to an extensive international exhibition program and collection, HAM is responsible for public art in Helsinki.