Turku Biennial

An important window to Finnish and other European contemporary art has been the Turku Biennial, which was held in Ars Nova for the first time in 1998.

Since 2003, the Turku Biennial has been organised regularly every odd numbered year. Though organised every other year, the exhibition and its fringe events are actually a continuous process, some stage of which is always ongoing. The Biennial is a considerable challenge for the invited artists, too, as new works are created for each thematic exhibition.

Free rein. The eighth Turku Biennial lives in a time interpreted by contemporary art

The application time for Turku Biennial 2017 has ended.

The Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum organizes the eighth Turku Biennial in 2017 in collaboration with Turku Artists' Association. In Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, the Turku Biennial exhibition will be on display from November 2017 to the end of February 2018. In Turku Artists' Association's Gallery Å, four briefer biennial exhibitions will be presented during the same time period.

The artists selected for the exhibition are:

Anna Estarriola (b. 1980)
Teemu Korpela (b. 1980)
Riikka Kuoppala (b. 1980)
Reija Meriläinen (b. 1987)
Juha Mäki-Jussila (b. 1967)
Pekka Niskanen (b. 1961)
Tuula Närhinen (b. 1967)
Anssi Pulkkinen (b. 1982)
Minna Rainio (b. 1974) & Mark Roberts (b. 1970)
Simo Ripatti (b. 1975)
Minna Suoniemi (b. 1972)
Päivi Takala (b. 1970)
Nora Tapper (b. 1961)
Nita Vera (b. 1986)
Hanna Vihriälä (b. 1974)

The jury responsible for the selections consisted of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's museum director Johanna Lehto-Vahtera, curators Eeva Holkeri, Silja Lehtonen and Laura Ruohonen, Turku Artists' Association's executive director Riina Kotilainen, Helsinki Art Museum's (HAM) acting chief curator Pirkko Siitari and the representative of the public Hanne Mustiala

The work of 12 artists will be seen in the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum and the work of three artists will be presented in Turku Artists' Association's Gallery Å in the winter season of 2017. All of the works in the exhibition will be on display for the first time.

The artists have free rein

Change is a constant part of contemporary art and Turku Biennial. The eighth Turku Biennial lives in a time interpreted by contemporary art. Diverging from the previous years, in 2017 the exhibition is not assembled around a particular theme. Turku Biennial makes room to what engages the makers of art at that very moment: the core of the exhibition is in works that embody the most interesting subjects, thoughts and deliberations of that moment. The exhibition provides a view on the state of the 100-year-old Finland in 2017.

In the winter of 2017, we will see art born for possibilities in an open-minded atmosphere. Turku Biennial 2017 open its doors to free thinking, doing and experimenting. The museum creates possibilities and connections. The artists have free rein.


Biennial Foundation