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Discover our autumn exhibition Duddjot (06.09-20.12.2019)
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Juha van Ingen - ASLAP

Juha van Ingen, one of the noteworthy artists in Finland’s contemporary scene, is known for his extensive use of digital art forms. His work ASLAP (As Long as Possible), a 1000-year GIF loop, will be displayed in France for the very first time on 11th of October from 10:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m at Institut finlandais. A discussion will be held on the same day with the artist and many art specialists, to further discuss digital art and its preservation challenges.

In relation with this event, SometimeStudios Gallery is dedicating an entire exhibition to van Ingen’s exceptional works, for example the Stripe Portraits and digital loops, from 10th to 26th of October.




On 28th and 29th of September, Finnish artist Kalle Nio will be a part of the line-up of the 20th Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes, taking place in Charleville-Mézières, France. He’ll be performing his latest solo production called The Green, whose strong visual identity combines various technical elements creating spaces with magic and dreamlike atmosphere in order to reflect on the emptiness of consumerism.

This international collaboration is made possible by TelepART program that financially supports artists to showcase their work internationally. The applications are now open for projects and initiatives in the fields of music, theatre, dance, circus and performance arts. Productions must be a collaboration between the participating countries.



IF Screenings n°10 – Les Créatrices

Institut finlandais’ cinema program IF Screenings is back! The first session on the 26th September is dedicated to Sámi female artists.





Duddjot, the autumn 2019 exhibition is on view from September 6 onwards, presenting the culture, arts and crafts of the Sami people from the North. The gallery exhibition focuses on traditional duodji. Scarves, knives, jewellery, mittens and handbags – all items meant for everyday use. Next to more traditional duodji items, Outi Pieski’s installation Ruossalas Bálgát (2014, “Crossing Paths” in English) can be found in the main hall of the Institute.

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.

Sámi Objects Return to the Sámi Country – Anni Guttorm

Sámi Objects Return to the Sámi Country

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Photo: Mikko Ryhänen

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