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The National Museum in Norway is teaming up with Helen & Hard for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice next year.

Press release   •   Oct 11, 2019 12:15 BST

The Nordic Pavilion in Venice, architect Sverre Fehn.Photo Annar Bjørgli, The National Museum in Norway

In 2020, the National Museum in Norway will have the curatorial and organisational responsibility for the Nordic Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. The biennale is regarded as the world’s most important architecture exhibition, and the next instalment will open on 23 May 2020.

For the exhibition in Venice, the National Museum in Norway will work with the Norwegian architectural firm Helen & Hard. The project will relate to the concept by main curator Hashim Sarkis, “How Will We Live Together?”, which pertains to how architects can create new communities. The complete programme for the Nordic Pavilion will be presented in the beginning of 2020.

Helen & Hard
Helen & Hard was founded in 1996 in Stavanger by Norwegian architect Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf. The firm currently employs a staff of 26, and it is known for their innovative use of wood and experimental housing projects.

Nordic Collaboration
The Nordic Pavilion in Venice is co‑owned by Sweden, Finland, and Norway. In 2020, the National Museum in Norway will be in charge of carrying out the exhibition, on behalf of commissioner Stina Högkvist and co-commissioners Reetta Heiskanen at the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Kieran Long at ArkDes, Sweden's National Centre for Architecture and Design. Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, will renovate the pavilion before the opening in May.

Exhibition Team
Curator of the project is Martin Braathen and project manager is Cathrine Furuholmen, both from the National Museum. The press contact is Elise Lund (, tel. +47 99 32 19 42).

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