Venice Biennale 2019

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

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

Frame Contemporary Art Finland is seeking project proposals for the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland. The pavilion is situated in the Giardini in Venice. We are looking forward to a wide range of exhibition proposals which take into consideration the scale of the Pavilion space. The proposal may be submitted by artists or curators.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018. 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.


Pavilion of Finland

For a floor map and images of the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, please visit:

Information on previous entries from Finland


The jury members

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


Application guidelines

Who can apply?

Proposals may be submitted by a curator working together with an artist or vice versa. The curator and the artist can be an individual or a collective. The project must include one or more artists who are Finnish citizens or based in Finland.

What are the requirements?

  • A curatorial statement describing the relevance of the artist(s) in the context of Venice Biennale.
  • The project must have a curator with experience in curating international exhibitions and managing complex projects, budget control and project reporting, and who is committed to realising the project within the agreed schedule and to participate  in meetings with the artist(s) and with the commissioner.
  • The artist(s) must have significant exhibition experience in Finland and/or internationally.

How do I apply?

The proposal shall include in pdf form:

  • A concise outline of the proposal (max 5 A4);
  • The name and CV of the curator;
  • The name, CV and portfolio of the artist(s).

Send your proposal to Frame Contemporary Art Finland by 10 January 2016 11.59pm (GMT +2) by email: All supporting material must be stored online and cannot be sent by post.


What is the procedure?

  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10 January 2018.
  • Shortlisted entrants must submit a detailed plan by 18 March 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,


Image: Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, photo Ugo Carmeni.

More about the jury members

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.

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.