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A sign stating "Finlandia" hanging on strings among vines next to a blue-painted wooden wall.
Pavilion of Finland. photo: Ugo Carmeni

Biennale Architettura in Venice

Appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Archinfo Finland is in charge of the Pavilion of Finland’s exhibition at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. An Open Call for Finland’s presentation at the 2023 Biennale Architettura was launched on 21 March.

The 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia will be organised from 20 May to 26 November, 2023. For the second time, Archinfo seeks for exhibition concepts through an Open Call. The selection panel comprises Curator Taru Elfving (FI), Professor and Director Andres Lepik (DE) and Architect Helena Sandman (FI). The panel is chaired by Commissioner Katarina Siltavuori, Director of Archinfo Finland. Read more about the Open Call through this link.

La Biennale di Venezia has appointed architectural academic, educator and best-selling novelist Lesley Lokko to curate the Biennale Architettura 2023. Read more about the curator from the Biennale’s website through this link (opens in new tab).

The previous Biennale Architettura, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. Curated by Hashim Sarkis, the Biennale was themed “How will we live together?”. For more information, please visit the Biennale website through this link.

The exhibition of the Pavilion of Finland, commissioned by Archinfo Finland, was curated by Laura Berger, Philip Tidwell and Kristo Vesikansa, a Finnish-American trio of Aalto University scholars. New Standards revisited a moment of history when architects and industry came together to address the urgent question of resettling Karelian refugees. Puutalo Oy’s new approaches to pre-fabricated housing not only modernised Finland’s construction industry but also became a worldwide export, helping to establish Finland’s international reputation for architecture and wood production. Get to know the exhibition through this link.

In 2018, the Pavilion of Finland presented the exhibition Mind-Building, curated by Anni Vartola and produced by Archinfo. The exhibition was a study of over 100 years of Finnish library architecture leading up to the opening of the new Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The Mind-Building catalogue may be read here.

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 more than 300,000 visitors in 2021.

The Museum of Finnish Architecture, Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design ArkDes and The National Museum of Norway jointly commission the exhibition of the Nordic Pavilion. In 2021, Norway produced the exhibition, which was curated by Martin Braathen. What we share presented a Nordic example of democracy, communal housing and sustainable wood architecture, designed by Helen&Hard Architects.

On this page, you can find information on all Finnish participation in the Biennale Architettura.