Rauma Biennale Balticum

Since 1985, Rauma Biennale Balticum has presented every second year an overview of topical contemporary art of the Baltic Sea region at the Rauma Art Museum.

  • Abstract / What is the main idea of the project?
    The serial of exhibitions arranged by the museum began in 1977, when the first Gulf of Bothnia Biennial was held, assembling artists from the coastal towns and cities of Finland and Sweden. In 1985, the exhibition was expanded to cover the whole Baltic Sea Region and was renamed Rauma Biennale Balticum.

    In the early years of the exhibition, artists' associations and cultural offices were invited to propose artists to the exhibition. From 1990 onwards, exhibitions regarding different themes have been curated by guest curators or curatorial teams of a museum. A catalogue with artist presentations and articles for each exhibition has been published and is available at the museum.

    By now the series of exhibitions and its publications provide a perspective of several decades on cultural and social change and developments in contemporary art in the Baltic Sea region. Over the years, the themes of the exhibitions have particularly emphasized ecological and environmental concerns and the issues of human life at the levels of the individual and the community.
  • Who is the target group?

    People who are interested in visual arts, artists from the whole Baltic Sea Region and curators who are organising the biennial.

    In 2010 there were 3272 visitors and twenty artists and artist groups participating in the exhibition.
  • Next edition of the project

    Estimated the next edition will be in autumn 2016.


"ARS BALTICA is not a bureaucratic construction for political posturing, but a concept that stands for unconventional and committed collaboration in real cooperative projects." (Rainer Haarmann, former ARS BALTICA Coordinator, 1997)

Key Facts

  • start of the project in 1985
  • accredited with the ARS BALTICA logo since 2000
  • located at Rauma (Finland)
  • countries involved are: Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden



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Rauma Biennale Balticum