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Minister Multala to attend opening of Finnish exhibition at Venice Art Biennale

Ministry of Education and Culture
Publication date 12.4.2024 14.53
Press release
Ministeri Multala

Minister of Science and Culture Sari Multala will travel to Italy to attend the opening of the Finnish exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale on Wednesday 17 April. The Minister will also visit the Pavilions of the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the United States and Iceland, among other things.

The Finnish Pavilion will present an exhibition titled ‘The pleasures we choose’ at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The working group behind the exhibition consists of artists Pia Lindman, Vidha Saumya and Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen, curators Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela, and architectural designer Kaisa Sööt. Minister Multala will open the exhibition on 17 April.

“Finnish artists have taken part in the Venice Biennale since its inception over 120 years ago. The importance of the Venice Biennale on European contemporary art and on Finnish artists and art professionals cannot be underestimated. In these times when there are so many serious conflicts in the world, arts and culture, along with international cooperation and exchange of ideas, play an increasingly important role,” says Minister Multala.

Minister Multala will also attend the opening of the exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion. This year, Sweden is responsible for the Nordic Pavilion exhibition, titled ‘The Altersea Opera’, and the artists behind the exhibition are Lap-See Lam, Kholod Hawash and Tze Yeung Ho

The Venice Biennale is the oldest contemporary art biennale in the world. It is held every two years and it brings together exhibitions from a number of different countries to the Giardini della Biennale park. The exhibition at the Finnish Pavilion was commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland. The Biennale will be open to the public between 20 April and 24 November 2024. 

-    Santeri Lohi, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 330 353
-    Mari Karikoski, Senior Ministerial Adviser for Cultural Affairs, tel. +358 295 330 209