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Monthly feature: Man Yau
Révélations: TLmag launch & meet the curators
Our new exhibition Keep Your Garden Alive is on view through July 13, 2019
EMBODIED - Jarkko Hartikainen at Institut finlandais
Photo: Aurélien Mole.



Finnish language courses

Would you like to learn Finnish?

Sign up for the Finnish courses organised at Institut finlandais. The courses will start in mid-September 2019.

There will be three different levels:
– Basics courses on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm
– Higher intermediate courses on Saturdays from 9:15 am to 11:15 am
– Advanced courses on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Please address all enquiries and questions to the teacher Lea Lagerblom:

A limited number of places.

Laura Laine, Clipping Path. Photography: Paavo Lehtonen.



Keep Your Garden Alive

Exhibition opening on April 23rd, 2019, from 6.30 pm to 8 pm

Keep Your Garden Alive is a group exhibition with eighteen Finnish renowned and emerging artists and designers who are currently reshaping the contemporary Finnish art and design scene. The exhibition is curated by Lise Coirier, Pro Materia & Spazio Nobile Gallery, and Kati Laakso, Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, in collaboration with Institut finlandais.

Photo: Sofia Okkonen



We are happy to introduce our new visual identity and our new website!

We are excited to introduce our new visual identity and website! Designed by Piëtke Visser, our new logo, the custom-made typeface and fresh palette all take inspiration from the Institut’s architecture, colours and structure. The custom typeface is designed by Piëtke together with Juho Hiilivirta and Niklas Ekholm from Helsinki Type Studio. The idea for the typeface came from the connective role of the Institut finlandais and is firmly rooted in the notion of cultural exchange: the letters all reach out to each other.

It has been a privileged position, being able to design materials that represent Finnish culture in some way. I think it has been good to be an outsider, I take things at face value, separate from personal history. In fact, it is vastly different from the visual and cultural references that I know well, but discovering the world of Finnish art and design has been very rewarding.

Photo: Mikko Ryhänen


Institut finlandais proposes a multidisciplinary programme through its various on-site events and off-site collaborations.
Collection: Heidi Karjalainen. Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi


Institut finlandais supports the mobility of artists and other cultural professionals through the IF Studios and TelepART programmes.

Monthly feature, May 2019 – Man Yau

For the Monthly portrait of May, we talked with sculptor and artist Man Yau whose works are presented in the recently opened exhibition Keep Your Garden Alive at the Institut finlandais. Man started her studies at Aalto University in the degree programme in Ceramics and Glass design. The career as a designer she aimed for soon changed its direction towards fine arts when the examination of materials conquered the pursuit of functionality. Man who is living and working in Helsinki shared her thoughts with us about the meanings of working in residency and materials, Brancusi and her future plans among other things.

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Photo: Mikko Ryhänen

About us

Institut finlandais is an independent and multidisciplinary platform between Finland and France.