Installation ‘Imminence’

11.10.2019. in 20h, MMSU

As part of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project, in 2019 and 2020, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka is presenting a series of art interventions and installations dedicated to the subject of public space, which would contribute to the physical and symbolic modifications of Rijeka’s urban landscape.

The installation ‘Imminence’ by Croatian artist Ivana Franke and Finnish artists Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, made as part of the Rijeka 2020 – ECoC programme, Sweet and Salt flagship, occupies the currently empty spaces on the ground floor of the Rijeka Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

‘Imminence’ unites the elements of water, light and sound, breathing life into the new cultural center of this city – the postindustrial compound Benčić.

Placed in the old, deteriorated part of the Museum, the work will convey the idea of water as a regenerative and dynamic element threatened by climate changes that violate our living conditions and jeopardize the whole ecosystem.

In the spring 2020, during the Croatian presidency of the EU Council, the work will be exhibited at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki.


Ivana Franke is a visual artist who works with light, with an interest in the boundaries of perception. She participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as Schering Stiftung Project Space in Berlin (2017), Shanghai Biennale (2016), Peggy Guggenheim, Venice (2011), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2012), Manifesta 7 (2008), Venice Biennale (2007), and MoMA P.S.1. (2001).

Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen are a duo of artists based in Helsinki, who started working together in the 1990s, after completing their studies in architecture. They have created numerous public commissions and took part in exhibitions in venues such as Powerlong Art Center, Hangzhou (2018), MUDDAM Luxembourg (2015), Marrakesh Biennial (2014), Moscow Biennial (2009), Sao Paulo Biennial (2007), Art Unlimited / Art Basel (2005), Yokohama Triennial (2001), Venice Biennale (2001) and Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1996).

Franke, Grönlund and Nisunen had simultaneous exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb in 2017.

ECOC Sweet&Salt program coordinator: Morana Matković
MMSU Curator: Sabina Salamon