Valokuva Mikkelin taidemuseosta

Mikkeli Art Museum

The M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art is on display in Mikkeli Art Museum in 2021.

The M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art is an overview of contemporary art in East Finland that is held every two years. The participating artists are selected by representatives of art museums together with a curator or curator team serving for a set period.

Artist Jani Leinonen has been chosen as the curator of the second M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art, which will open in the summer of 2021 at the Mikkeli Art Museum. The round of applications for artists wishing to participate in the biennale will start at the 15th January 2020.

The Theme

“At present, both the media and the political sphere from right to left focus in their messages in an emphasised on dystopias and threat scenarios. We are told that according to a recent demographic study, the population of the Savo region will decrease by over 15% and how large areas of Finland will decline and wither and how climate change will force us to give up a great many things, unless the end of the world will come. We are addressed mainly in terms of fears and concerns and reminded of what will go wrong in the future and how uncertain that future looks. The opposite of a dystopia is a utopia where solutions have been found for problems and a better world has come about. I would hope that in this exhibition artists would imagine without restrictions what the future of our dreams would be like. How the problems that beset us have been solved and how this is reflected as a feeling of security and the best of all possible worlds.”’

Something new is always being sought for realising M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art. A different exhibition venue and a new curator make it possible to renew the biennale every two years. The aim in Mikkeli will be to expand the event beyond the walls of the art museum to be part of the streetscape and public spaces.

How to submit?

Projects may be submitted only through the on-line application. The on-line application opens 15th January 2020 in web site:

The completed application form no later than the deadline, February 16, 2020.

Artists can propose new work or projects. Artists will need to write as part of the application  an explanation for how their work fits the theme. The application form and images must be completely filled and sent by the deadline. The images must be sent together with the completed application form no later than the deadline, February 16, 2020. To submit images, please submit according to the following specifications:

max. 5 images
max. 1MB
accepted formats: JPG

More Information:
Curator Paula Hyvönen, Mikkeli Art Museum,, tel. 040 1294957
Chief Curator Marja Louni, Kuopio Art Museum,, tel. 044 718 2639
Chief Curator Pauliina Kaasalainen, Joensuu Art Museum,, tel. 050 341 9502
Regional Artist Harri Heinonen, Arts Promotion Centre Finland,, tel. 029 5330923