© Alix Helfer
After a year-long renovation, the K41 gallery space was opened to the public. The gallery is an initiative of Brussels-based Finnish artist Krista Autio and aims to create a bridge between the local audience and artists from the Nordic countries. The three-storey apartment located in a quiet courtyard houses an exhibition space, Autio’s own studio as well as a shared workspace that can be rented.
In the exhibition space, the artist plans to run her NordiKeye project in the future, which helps to connect Nordic contemporary artists in the Benelux region to the local arts scene and to new audiences. Besides having a focus on Nordic countries, the space also acts as a meeting place for other artists from the European borderlands. The gallery’s shared workspace can, for example, be used to organise workshops and gatherings.
Autio’s exhibition am I supposed to be a better person that opened the K41 gallery on Saturday drew a large audience. Projecting the strength of colour, the minimalist works engage with deeper existential questions and the uncertainties of everyday life: “am I good enough for this life?”, “can I trust myself?”. The K41 gallery’s first exhibition is open until 8 April 2017 and is located at 41 Rue Keyenveld, 1050 Ixelles.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux supported the establishment of the K41 gallery space. The Nordic Key project creates a meeting place for Nordic contemporary art in Brussels.
This summer, BOZAR centre for fine arts opens an exhibition together with artist-run galleries from across Europe. Jaakko Pallasvuo & Viktor Timofeev are represented by the Brussels-based Komplot gallery.
Kaarina Kaikkonen is creating a new work called If I had Wings – Social Elevator in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels.
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.
Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.
2 May 2018: 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.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.