Our project focusing on Finnish art and design stretches across the entire year and aims to highlight Finnish designers in central Europe. Finland has a strong tradition and reputation in the field of design and our talented artists and designers should be more widely known among international collectors, gallerists and professionals in other fields. The project will foreground both young designers as well as designers who already have extensive careers.
Together with Brussels based Spazio Nobile gallery we will be participating in several prominent design fairs as well as organise a number of exhibitions, all the while striving to redefine the wide range of skills and expertise in design and art that can be found in Finland. The overall project is curated by the founder of the Spazio Nobile gallery, Lise Coirier, and the director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Kati Laakso. The project also extends to the spaces of our colleagues at the Finnish Institute in Paris in the spring and summer of 2019 with the Keep Your Garden Alive exhibition.
Please join us for the first phase of the project at Collectible Fair
VANDERBORGHT BUILDING, BRUSSELS
From 14 until 17 March
Spazio Nobile will be on the 1st floor, booth 1-11
Preview and opening on 13 March (by invitation only)
Featured artists and designers: Carine Boxy (BE), Jeanine Cohen (BE), Javier Fernandez (ES),Vincent Fournier (FR), Kaspar Hamacher (BE), Mari Isopahkala (FI), Harri Koskinen (FI), Veera Kulju (FI), Laura Laine (FI), Garnier & Linker (FR), Päivi Rintaniemi (FI), Sami Ruotsalainen (FI), Marcin Rusak (PL), Damian O’Sullivan (UK/FR), Perttu Saksa (FI), Teemu Salonen (FI), Bela Silva (PT), Piet Stockmans (BE), Adi Toch (IS/UK), Man Yau (FI)
The Finnish Season will also take part in the following renowned exhibitions :
ART BRUSSELS, Tour & Taxis, BRUSSELS, 26.-28.4.2019
RÉVÉLATIONS BIENNALE, Grand Palais, PARIS, 23.-26.5.2019
BRUSSELS DESIGN SEPTEMBER
Do girls and boys have equal opportunities in education and self-expression? Join the Nordic diplomatic representations and cultural institutes in Brussels for a breakfast debate on International Women’s Day.
In the Nordic countries, researchers and educators have been studying the subject for decades, but we still have a lot to learn. With the panel discussion, we wish to take a look at what role gender plays in education and learning in our systems today.
Finnish Cultural Institute would like to get to know Finnish professionals working in the creative field in the Benelux better.
The new EUNIC Brussels conference cycle questioning the future of Europe. The ambition of the project is to rethink the social contract, so that it no longer relies on the relationship between citizens and the state but goes beyond this by taking into account the different dimensions of life today and the crucial issues citizens are facing.
Prolific entrepreneur and senior advisor Risto Kuulasmaa has been chosen as the Institute’s new advisor in the Netherlands for autumn-spring 2018-2019
In 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux together with Zodiak – center for contemporary dance, SPRING Festival Utrecht and Baltic Circle Festival, commissions a new work by choreographer Sonya Lindfors and writer-activist Maryan Abdulkarim. The work is a combination of workshops, lectures and performances, where choreographers and activists come together, imagining radical utopian common futures. Lindfors and Abdulkarim work closely together with local activists in Utrecht, Brussels and Helsinki.