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Aalto-paviljonki. kuva: Ugo Carmeni


The International Architecture Exhibition has been organised in Venice since 1980. It alternates with the International Art Exhibition, which was established in 1895. The architecture exhibition has developed into the most esteemed international arena for showcasing architecture, with over a quarter of a million visitors in the last edition, in 2016. This year the exhibition will open to the public on 26 May 2018 and remain open for six months until 25 November 2018.

The curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition are Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell and the theme is ‘Freespace’. In 2018, Archinfo Finland is for the first time in charge of Finland’s presentation at the Venice Biennale.

All Finnish participation at La Biennale di Venezia 2018

This year’s Venice Biennale presents Finnish architecture at four locations: Talli Architecture & Design at the main exhibition in Arsenale, Another Generosity curated by Eero Lundén at the Nordic Pavilion, Corte del Forte dance pavilion by Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson in Mestre, and our own exhibition Mind-Building at the Pavilion of Finland.  Talli Architecture & Design at Arsenale Talli …

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Mind-Building: Supporters and Partners

Main supporter Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland Main partner City of Helsinki Partners Embassy of Finland in Rome, Visit Finland, Visit Jyväskylä, Visit Seinäjoki, Artek, Konto Acoustics, MTAB Finland, The Building Information Foundation RTS, Arkkitehti – Finnish Architectural Review, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki City Library

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Mind-Building: Curator and Exhibition Team

Mind-Building is a study of Finnish public libraries and library architecture. Anni Vartola, curator Anni Vartola (b. 1965 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Helsinki-based freelance architecture critic and scholar in postmodern architectural theory. Vartola graduated as an architect in 1994 and finished her doctorate in 2014. Currently, she works as senior lecturer in theory of architecture at Aalto University, School …

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The Pavilion of Finland unveils Mind-Building on 24 May

Finland’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale is a tribute to public libraries and library architects. The vernissage of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia takes place on 24–25 May. Finland’s exhibition, titled Mind-Building, explores the development of Finnish library architecture throughout times, leading up to the opening of Oodi Helsinki Central Library in December 2018. Mind-Building …

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Finnish architects featured at La Biennale Architettura 2018 main exhibition

Talli Architecture & Design has been invited to the Venice Biennale main exhibition ‘Freespace’. The practices participating in the exhibition were chosen by the main curator duo Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell. Talli Architecture & Design is best known for the block of loft flats ‘Tila’ completed in Helsinki’s Arabianranta district some ten years ago. The concept adopted the principles …

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The relationship between nature and built environment will be explored in the 2018 Nordic Pavilion

Lundén Architecture Company has been chosen to design the exhibition of the Venice Biennale Nordic Pavilion. Eero Lundén’s proposal, entitled Another Generosity, explores the relationship between nature and the built environment. The goal is to examine new ways of making buildings that emphasise the delicate but often invisible interactions between the built and natural worlds. The Nordic Pavilion, designed by …

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Finnish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018 to Explore Libraries

 Finland’s representation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia responds to the theme ’Freespace’ by transforming the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland into a temporary library space. The exhibition explores the development of Finnish library architecture and looks towards libraries of the future. It centres around the construction of the new Helsinki Central Library designed by …

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