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Institut finlandais launches its online shop!
Monthly Feature: Sonya Lindfors
Photographie : Hannakaisa Pekkala



Launching our online shop!

Institut finlandais is proud to launch its online shop! Not only a selling platform, this online shop is also the occasion for us to introduce you to our exhibition Nouvelle Saison! COVID-19 had us close our gallery but in no case did it stop our teams from redoubling their efforts to be able to keep presenting you the new generation of Finnish art, design and crafts!

We hope you’ll be won over by this new tool deployed by Institut finlandais and more importantly by the creations of the artists members of UU Market, a Finnish designer collective and independent organisation with whom we collaborate on Nouvelle Saison.

Photographie : Veera Mietola



Summer opening hours

The Institute’s Café Coutume will be open during the regular hours this summer (Tuesday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm). The entrance is from 33, rue du Sommerard.

The current exhibition, Nouvelle Saison, is on view online as well as in the Institute’s gallery windows on 60, rue des Écoles. The exhibition and event programming in the Institute’s premises continue from September onwards.

Photography: Veera Mietola

Photographie : Hannakaisa Pekkala



Nouvelle Saison - Preview

Flowers bloom and birds sing as nature keeps to resiliently run its course and so does Institut finlandais. The announced exhibition, Nouvelle Saison (14.05 – 27.08.2020), created in collaboration with UU Market, is finding a new form online. Here is a little glimpse at what to expect from the exhibition’s selection of eight emerging artists highlighting the recent generational shift in Finnish arts and design.

Video directed by Hannakaisa Pekkala.

Photo: Paavo Lehtonen



The Young Designer of the Year 2020

Institut finlandais congratulates ceramist Matias Liimatainen, the laureate of Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year 2020 award! Liimatainen creates strong and original sculptural figures, jewellery and lighting from ceramics, glass and wood using self-developed techniques. The Young Designer of the Year prize is an encouragement award with the intention to support young designers in their uncompromising and unique work. The winners have demonstrated creative vision, competence, daring and entrepreneurship in the field of design and have also received some international visibility. According to the prize jury Liimatainen has a touching and strong signature style that stands out. The prize also includes a participation in IF-Studios visit program and an exhibition at Institut finlandais’ gallery in spring 2021.




On March 23rd, The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network launched the Together Alone project: a fast progressing open call for artists and creatives, many of whose projects were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19. Nine weeks and 437 applications later, we have now commissioned 20 artists, creatives and collectives around the globe to reflect upon the current situation through diverse artistic practices.

Discover how the chosen projects  have mirrored the major social upheavals of our times through the arts, and have bravely cultivated new forms of expression and artistic practices, and most importantly, have done so together.

Carte Blanche à Laura Väre, exhibition view. Photographie : Aurélien Mole.


Institut finlandais proposes a multidisciplinary programme through its various on-site events and off-site collaborations.
Image from Emilia Kuurila's MA collection. Photo: Sofia Okkonen


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

Monthly Feature: Sonya Lindfors

Helsinki-based choreographer, founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices, Sonya Lindfors took the time to answer our questions within the frame of her Together Alone project, Soft-Variations - ONLINE.

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