Institut finlandais
The exhibition "Keep Your Garden Alive" unites the artworks of 18 Finnish contemporary designers and artists representative of the new Nordic scene.

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.

The exhibition suggests a narrative on how to observe what is fragile around us, and how to protect it. How to make your garden flourish in times of drastic environmental changes? Applied arts remind us of how the earth and the natural elements remain as the best source of innovation and creation. The use of design-led craftsmanship such as ceramics, glass, metal, and wood bring us back to our human roots and sense of our material culture. The notion of the garden stands as a symbol for living objects, and how we need to cherish them to pass it onto the next generations. The exhibition implies a metaphor for the inner and outer life as well as a real-life illustration of our mineral and organic man-made world.


Inka Bell
Johanna Gullichsen
Antrei Hartikainen
Mari Isopahkala
Renata Jakowleff
Harri Koskinen
Veera Kulju
Tero Kuitunen
Laura Laine
Päivi Rintaniemi
Kristina Riska
Sami Ruotsalainen
Teemu Salonen
Perttu Saksa
Kustaa Saksi
Caroline Slotte
Heikki Viinikainen
Man Yau