The Alvar Aalto -designed Pavilion of Finland in the Giardini, Venice. photo: Ugo Carmeni

Open Call for Exhibition Proposals

Archinfo Finland is looking for exhibition proposals for the Pavilion of Finland at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The Biennale Architettura runs from 23 May to 29 November 2020 with preview days on 21–22 May.

With the 2020 exhibition in the Pavilion of Finland, we seek to address and communicate about architecture’s importance in shaping our cultures and societies. We are looking forward to a wide range of exhibition proposals that stem from topical issues relevant to Finnish architecture while resonating with a wide international audience and the global architecture community. The winning proposal will be suited for presentation in the context of the Venice Biennale and will take into consideration the special nature of the Pavilion itself.

The exhibition will be chosen by a Selection Panel including Beatrice Galilee, Independent Curator based in New York, Anniina Koivu, Writer, Curator and Educator based in Milan and Lausanne, Tuomas Siitonen, Architect, Graphic Designer and Exhibition Designer based in Helsinki, Ilkka Suppanen, Architect and Designer based in Milan and Helsinki, and Hanna Harris, Commissioner, Director of Archinfo Finland and Chair of the Panel.

The selection process takes place in three stages:

Stage 1: Open Call for submitting proposals
12 June – 8 August

Stage 2: Shortlisted teams develop proposals
16 August – 10 September
A flat fee of 500 euros is available for shortlisted teams to develop their proposal.

Stage 3: Meetings with the Selection Panel
12–13 September
Shortlisted teams from Stage 2 are invited for a 1-hour project presentation and interview.

Following the appointment of the winning proposal, the exhibition production starts in October running up to the Biennale opening in May 2020. Archinfo Finland is responsible for overall project management in close collaboration with the appointed team. The appointed project has a starting budget of 40,000 euros towards team fees and exhibition expenses.

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