Marita Muukkonen, the curator of the FRAME Finnish Fund of Art Exchange, took us on a pleasant journey through the unknown and fascinating world of Art Exchange.
Since 1992, funded primarily by the Finnish Ministry of Culture, FRAME Finnish Fund of Art Exchange has worked within the Finnish Fine Arts Academy Foundation inviting foreign curators, critics and art historians to Finland through its Visitor’s Programme as an efficient way of expanding the international art exchange, gathering and disseminating information about Finnish contemporary art.
FRAME’s curator Marita Muukkonen explains that FRAME works on collaborative projects with Finnish or international partners and also independently produces contemporary visual art projects, exhibitions and publications.
Through the Curatorial Programme, international curators who are interested in doing research in Finland can apply to come here and FRAME also invites curators to Finland.
“We choose the curators based on the ideas and the concepts they have, and their interests. We look at the CV and see if he or she is an interesting person to invite. The system is flexible, so there are no deadlines,” says Muukkonen
International Frame of collaboration
In collaboration with the HIAP (Helsinki International Artists-in-residence Programme) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, FRAME promotes links between Finland and the international contemporary art scene providing residencies for both curators and artists.
“If the visual art curators come for one month they can stay and live at the HIAP residence where curators and researchers can work, meet more artists and have exhibitions,” adds Muukkonen.
The aim of the programme is to provide curators with professional experience in organising visual art projects with an opportunity to carry out research on Finnish fine art, to contact Finnish art practitioners and to develop international curatorial projects involving Finnish artists.
“We have an Open Call for Finnish artists or artists who live in Finland for certain residencies we have in collaboration with HIAP. Every year there is a residence place in New York. If a Finnish artist applies for a residency abroad, FRAME grants it and sends him abroad. HIAP hosts foreign artists as we don’t have our own residencies,” explains Muukkonen.
FRAME participates in collaborative projects with international art institutions. There is an extensive exhibition in New York until 15 September, Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland, which is an intergenerational and interdisciplinary exhibition featuring 16 Finnish artists who will introduce New York audiences to outlandish visions of aliens, utopias, animals, and psychedelia.
The exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in collaboration with the Artist’s Association of Finland and FRAME.
Framework: The Finnish Art Review, is a bi-annual magazine dedicated to contemporary art, culture and cultural criticism.
Susan Fourtane – Helsinki Times