Finland is the protagonist of two exhibitions, one at its own Pavilion and another at that of Nordic Countries, and it is also exhibiting a special project in Forte Marghera

This year Finland is the protagonist in three venues at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale (open until 25th November 2018) titled Freespace, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (Grafton Architects). It participates with the Finnish pavilion, designed and built by Alvar Aalto in 1956, with the exhibition ‘Mind-Building’; while it is a guest at the Nordic Pavilion, designed by Sverre Fehn in 1962, with the exhibition Another Generosity’ curated by Finnish architect Eero Lundén. Lastly, it is also present in Forte Marghera (Mestre) with the installation by architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson.

Finnish Pavilion, Alvar Aalto 1956 [Photo: Ugo Carmeni, Frame Contemporary Art Finland]

‘Mind-Building’, commissioned by Hanna Harris, Director of Archinfo Finland, supported by Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture, is curated by Anni Vartola, architectural theorist and critic.

Exhibition Mind-Building, Finnish Pavilion [Photo: Ugo Carmeni]

The exhibition respects the Freespace theme, turning the pavilion into a temporary library to show, by means of a selection of projects realized from the end of the 19th century to nowadays, the important role played by libraries in social and cultural education in Finland. In particular, attention is focused on the new project for the Helsinki Central Library, designed by studio ALA Architects, whose opening is slated for December 2018.

Exhibition Another Generosity, Nordic Pavilion [Photo: Andrea Ferro, courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

The other exhibition, ‘Another Generosity’ at the Nordic Pavilion, is curated by Finnish architect Eero Lundén, with the intention to foster the discovery of new ways of shaping the built world and the reconsideration of the relationship between building and environment through a new generosity shared not only with other human beings but also with nature.

The exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion has been commissioned by the directors of three museums: Juulia Kauste (in charge until April 2018) and Reetta Heiskanen of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Nina Berre of the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and Kieran Long of ArkDes. The three museums aim to make the common pavilion a hub for research and debate on contemporary Nordic architecture, presenting the most interesting emerging projects. During six years, the focus of the pavilion will move from Finland to Sweden and to Norway, in order to ensure an equal participation of all the countries involved.

Corte del Forte, Forte Marghera, Rintala Eggertsson Architects [Photo: Andrea Avezzù, courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

‘Freespace – Corte del Forte’ in Forte Marghera, Mestre, is the installation by architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson. The building fully reflects the theme of the 2018 edition both in the project of the structure and in its use during the Biennale. The building, conceived to house different scheduled events in Forte Marghera, is made of wood: open, usable and overlooking the sea, it creates a close relationship between man, water and nature. [Text Arianna Callocchia]

Corte del Forte, Forte Marghera, Rintala Eggertsson Architects [Photo Andrea Avezzù, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia]