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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 12.6.–26.9.2021.

Helsinki Biennial will present 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.

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 is free to attend. There is a fee for the ferry to Vallisaari.

Helsinki Biennial and responsibility

Vallisaari Island, which is located next to Helsinki, offers a unique environment for Helsinki Biennial. The nature on the island has given Helsinki Biennial strict boundaries.

Helsinki Biennial emphasises responsibility and maintaining nature’s ecological sustainability, and these values are being respected as much as possible in the implementation of the event.

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Contact information

You can contact us at

Jonna Hurskainen

Head of Helsinki Biennial

+358 40 128 6070

Jenni Kuisma-Dillemuth

Marketing and communications

Maija Eränen

Customer Service Manager

+358 40 507 5305

Satu Metsola

Coordinating Curator

+358 40 482 4091

Annika Pråhl


+358 40 184 1837

Anna Vihanta

Communications Officer

+358 40 509 3408

Kiira Kivisaari

Environmental Coordinator

+358 40 489 4470

Erno Tainio

Production Assistant

+358 40 191 8209

Niko Kurola

Technical Manager

+358 40 487 7213

Anneli Kanninen

Biennial Shop and Guiding

+358 40 610 9782

Mirkka Hekkurainen

Customer Service Group Leader

+358 40 198 5646


Helsinki Biennial is a member of the International Biennial Association.