The Helsinki Biennale, new on the map of European contemporary art events, is heading towards its third edition. In the summer of 2025, the Biennale will take place on Vallisaari Island, which together with the Helsinki Art Museum are the main exhibition venues for the event, as well as in areas around Helsinki. The 3rd Helsinki Biennale, curated by Blanca de la Torre and Kati Kivinen, will present around 35 contemporary artists from Finland and abroad.

In her speech, the co-curator of the Helsinki Biennale 2025, Kati Kivinen, will examine the ambitions of the event and talk about ecological and social responsibility in curatorial work, production and everything that is built around it.

The lecture takes place in the framework of the International Curators Visiting Programme / EMST

The speech will be held in English and there will be simultaneous translation.


Dr Kati Kivinen (PhD) is an art historian and curator, who currently holds the position of Head of Exhibitions at the HAM (Helsinki Art Museum) in Helsinki. Previously she was head of collections curator at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (2017-2022) and curator of temporary exhibitions also at Kiasma (2003-2017). From 2009 to 2010 she was artistic director of AV-arkki – Media Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, curating screening programmes for the Tampere Film Festival. In her curatorial practice, she examines contemporary artistic approaches to socio-political and ecological issues in the specific context of an art exhibition. Her independent curatorial work includes numerous interdisciplinary exhibitions. Some of her recent curatorial projects include Coexistence – Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma’s Collections (2019, in collaboration with S. Hacklin & S. Oksanen), and Fragile Times at Galerie im Körnerpark in Berlin (2020, with Dorothee Bienert).


Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis with tickets that will be distributed at the Museum half an hour before the event.

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