Margriet Vollenberg to curate Helsinki Design Week’s exhibition at Olympic Stadium

6 February 2020

Helsinki Design Week has announced that its 2020 edition will see Margriet Vollenberg will curate an exhibition at the city's newly renovated Olympic Stadium.

Vollenberg, the founder of Milan's Ventura Projects and Organisation in Design, will curate the design week's headline exhibition, themed "Commitment Matters".

Vollenberg said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The Olympic Stadium provides the selected artists and designers with a blank canvas, the city is celebrating the re-opening and the exhibition will change the visitor’s perception of the building. I’m looking forward to curating an exhibition which connects to the values of sport, such as fun, entertainment and bringing people together.”

The exhibition will take place in September 2020 in the city's newly renovated 1952 Olympic Stadium. The stadium was designed by Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti in 1938, and is an example of Finnish functionalist architecture. It has been undergoing renovation since 2016.

Helsinki Design Week's 2019 edition, themed "Learning Climate: took place at the city's Erottaja 2 palace.

Kari Korkman, the founder and director of Helsinki Design Week, said: “After the success of last year’s main exhibition at a neo-Renaissance palace we wanted to raise the bar even higher by securing the Olympic Stadium as our main venue for 2020. Our aim is to increase the impact of design and to gain increasing interest from a wider and more international audience. Margriet was the perfect choice for helping us achieve this.”