Helsinki Biennial 2021
Date and time12.6 – 26.9.2021
Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari island from 12 June to 26 September 2021.
Helsinki Biennial presents 40 international artists or groups of artists from both Finland and around the world. The artists have been invited to come to Vallisaari and create new site-specific and temporary artworks or to exhibit existing artworks that will engage in a dialogue with the island. You can spot artworks outside along the cobbled path and inside historical buildings, gunpowder cellars and empty residential buildings.
Presented by Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), the biennial is directed by HAM’s director Maija Tanninen-Mattila, and curated by HAM’s head curators Pirkko Siitari and Taru Tappola.
Helsinki Biennial emphasises responsibility and maintaining nature’s ecological sustainability. The nature on Vallisaari island has given the biennial strict boundaries, within which the event will be implemented. The idea and placement for each artwork has been assessed with Metsähallitus and the Finnish Heritage Agency with a focus on conservation of both nature and historical buildings. An environmental programme is also being created for the biennial on the basis of the EcoCompass environmental management system.
Helsinki Biennial is free to attend. There is a fee for the ferry to Vallisaari.