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summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm
Closed 6 Dec, 24–25 Dec, 31 Dec, 25 Mar and 30 Apr

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Friday 17. May 2019

Serlachius Museums presents American artist Matthew Day Jackson’s first solo exhibition and role-playing game in Finland

Maa, a new exhibition by Matthew Day Jackson at the Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä, imagines a post-apocalyptic world thousand years in the future, made uninhabitable by humankind. What has become of life on Earth’s surface without human influence, and how has the world recovered from the destruction? And what of the human survivors who have become subterranean refugees, and the scouts that are sent to explore the devastated surface and assess its healing process? What does it feel like the first time you see the Moon and stars that are only known through myth and storytelling?

Maa is comprised of two complementary parts that interweave archaeology, evolution theory, occult ritual, Gothic cathedrals, colour theories, horror and sci-fi literature, and the history of the conquest of space. The first component is an installation of figurative sculpture made at human scale, created over the past ten years. These works exemplify Jackson’s return to the human form as a wry testament to anthropocentric self-regard. The sculptures are mapped within the exhibition space on the Golden Section, the calculation studied in Ancient Greece to the present day, and a recurring schema in Jackson’s work.

The sculptures are unique works but, grouped together, the figures speak to each other and the other component of the exhibition, the role-playing game Maa. The post-apocalyptic landscape of the game and engagement with its world is another possible access point for engagement with the sculptures. Maa may be played within the exhibition space in the company of the figurative sculpture, or in the location of one’s choosing, in a group or as a solo experience. The Maa game box replaces the traditional exhibition catalogue.

Matthew Day Jackson is an artist of the information age. He is insatiably curious and interested in the interconnectivity of ideas, places, people and objects, and making skilful use of the hits that search-engine algorithms offer him. His works, whose conceptual offshoots are multi-directional, are reminiscent of complex maths equations or the forking paths in Jorge Luis Borges’ imaginary gardens. They are intellectual stages on which history and age-old myths view their own mirror-images in the distant future.

The exhibition Maa is curated by Timo Valjakka with exhibition design by Tarja Väätänen. The role-playing game Maa is designed by Matthew Day Jackson together with Tom Morton (Contributing Editor, Frieze magazine) and Juhana Pettersson (Vampire the Masquerade, 5th Edition). The exhibition has been co-produced with Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

Museums in the middle of the forest

The Serlachius Museums Gösta and Gustaf form an exceptional museum complex in Finland. The museums are situated in small town in the middle of the forest. In 2014, Art Museum Gösta received alongside it a timber-frame extension, the Pavilion, designed by the Barcelona architecture studio MX_SI.

With addition of the Pavilion, Serlachius Museums have also become a major player in the field of contemporary Finnish art. Each year, the museums present a number of fascinating Finnish and international contemporary art exhibitions. The Serlachius Museums are renowned for their high-quality art collection, which is constantly being supplemented with thoughtful acquisitions.

The Serlachius Museums are open:

in the winter season 1 September–31 May, from Tuesday to Sunday 11 am-6 pm

in the summer season 1 June–31 August, every day 10 am–6 pm

Visiting addresses:
Serlachius Museum Gösta, Joenniementie 47, 35800 Mänttä, Finland

Serlachius Museum Gustaf, R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, 35800 Mänttä, Finland

www.serlachius.fi
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Further information:
Timo Valjakka, Curator, timo.valjakka@kolumbus.fi
Juhana Pettersson, Game Designer, juhana.pettersson@gmail.com

Image requests:
Susanna Yläjärvi, Information Officer of Serlachius Museums, susanna.ylajarvi@serlachius.fi, +358 (0)50 560 0156.


Thursday 18. April 2019

Masterpieces from Serlachius Museums’ own collection now on show

Serlachius Museums’ new collection hanging Classic Works of Fine Art at the Manor presents works of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, one of the Nordic countries’ most significant private collections. The permanent hanging opened on 6 April 2019.

One of the collection’s most important artists is Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931), whose works occupy a central role in the Golden Age of Finnish art of the late 19th century/early 20th century.

Gösta Serlachius (1876–1942), owner of the major Finnish paper company G. A. Serlachius Ltd., amassed a significant art collection and, to preserve it, established in 1933 the Fine Arts Foundation that bears his name. Serlachius was particularly interested in the output of Gallen-Kallela, who is known as the national artist of Finland.

Classic Works of Fine Art at the Manor also presents a substantial set of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) works, including a series of portraits of men painted in the 1920s. Over the decades, the Fine Arts Foundation has acquired a significant collection of Schjerfbeck’s art.

In the Fine Arts Foundation’s collection, representatives of the Golden Age of Finnish art and early Modernism of the beginning of the 20th century include Albert Edelfelt, Hugo Simberg, Ellen Thesleff, Magnus Enckell, Pekka Halonen, Eero Järnefelt and many others. All in all, the hanging features around 150 works from 100 artists.

An important segment of the hanging consists of a collection of Spanish, Flemish and Dutch art from the 16th and 17th centuries, including works of Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), Juan de Zurbarán (1620–1649) and Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652).

Museums in the middle of the forest

The Serlachius Museums Gösta and Gustaf form an exceptional museum complex in Finland. The museums are situated in small town in the middle of the forest. In 2014, Art Museum Gösta received alongside it a timber-frame extension, the Pavilion, designed by the Barcelona architecture studio MX_SI.

With addition of the Pavilion, Serlachius Museums have also become a major player in the field of contemporary Finnish art. Each year, the museums present a number of fascinating Finnish and international contemporary art exhibitions. The Serlachius Museums are renowned for their high-quality art collection, which is constantly being supplemented with thoughtful acquisitions.

The Serlachius Museums are open:
in the winter season, 1 September–31 May, from Tuesday to Sunday 11 am–6 pm
in the summer season, 1 June – 31 August, every day 10 am–6 pm.

Visiting addresses:
Serlachius Museum Gösta, Joenniementie 47, 35800 Mänttä, Finland
Serlachius Museum Gustaf, R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, 35800 Mänttä, Finland

Additional information and image requests:
Susanna Yläjärvi, Information Officer, Serlachius Museums, tel. +358 (0) 50 560 0156 susanna.ylajarvi@serlachius.fi

Artists of collection hanging

Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966)
Fredrik Ahlstedt (1839–1901)
Aarne Aho (1904–1978)
Tor Arne (* 1934)
Hannes Autere (1888–1967)
Gunnar Berndtson (1854–1895)
Irina Bäcksbacka (1919–2002)
Bror Börjeson (1903–1999)
Jan van de Cappelle (1626–1679)
Birger Carlstedt (1907–1975)
Alwar Cawén (1886–1935)
Fanny Churberg (1845–1892)
Ina Colliander (1905–1985)
Marcus Collin (1882–1966)
Camille Corot (1796–1875)
Gustave Courbet (1819–1877)
Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861–1919)
Gösta Diehl (1899–1964)
Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905)
Ragnar Ekelund (1892–1960)
Magnus Enckell (1870–1925)
Erik Enroth (1917–1975)
Giovanni Antonio Fasolo (1530–1572)
Alfred William Finch (1854–1930)
Gunnar Finne (1886–1952)
Peter Frie (* 1947)
Akseli Gallen–Kallela (1865–1931)
Noora Geagea (* 1981)
Pekka Halonen (1865–1933)
Sasha Huber (* 1975)
Heikki Häiväoja (* 1929)
Väinö Hämäläinen (1876–1940)
Eero Järnefelt (1863–1937)
Dzamil Kamanger (* 1948)
Väinö Kamppuri (1891–1972)
Harry Kivijärvi (1931–2010)
Nils Kreuger (1858–1930)
Antti Laitinen (* 1975)
Pieter Lastman (1583–1633)
Blas de Ledesma (n. 1546–1614)
Jani Leinonen (* 1978)
Bruno Liljefors (1860–1939)
Amélie Lundahl (1850–1914)
William Lönnberg (1887–1949)
Mauno Markkula (1905–1959)
Åke Mattas (1920–1962)
Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Hjalmar Munsterhjelm (1840–1905)
Eemu Myntti (1890–1943)
Jussi Mäntynen (1886–1978)
Eero Nelimarkka (1891–1977)
Elin Nordlund (1855–1932)
Yrjö Ollila (1887–1932)
Sami Parkkinen (* 1974)
Oscar Parviainen (1880–1938)
Tuulikki Pietilä (1917–2009)
Ben Renvall (1903–1979)
Essi Renvall (1911–1979)
Ilja Repin (1844–1930)
Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652)
Riku Riippa (* 1974)
Juho Rissanen (1873–1950)
Walter Runeberg (1838–1920)
Jalmari Ruokokoski (1886–1936)
Riiko Sakkinen (* 1976)
Martin Saks (1902–1962)
Tyko Sallinen (1879–1955)
Greta Schalin (1897–1993)
Sigrid Schauman (1877–1979)
Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946)
Lennart Segerstråle (1892–1975)
Ida Silfverberg (1834–1899)
Hugo Simberg (1873–1917)
Wilho Sjöström (1873–1944)
Frans Snyders (1579–1657)
Louis Sparre (1863–1964)
David Teniers, nuorempi (1610–1690)
Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954)
Verner Thomé (1878–1953)
Aimo Tukiainen (1917–1996)
Katja Tukiainen (* 1969)
Ragnar Ungern (1885–1955)
Aukusti Uotila (1858–1886)
Ville Vallgren (1855–1940)
Sam Vanni (1908–1992)
Anthonie van Verstralen (1593/94–1641)
Sebastian Vrancx (1573–1647)
Johanna Väisänen (* 1972)
Isak Wacklin (1720–1758)
Torsten Wasastjerna (1863–1924)
Maria Wiik (1853–1928)
Victor Westerholm (1860–1919)
Rogier van der Weyden, ateljee (1399/1400–1464)
Emil Wikström (1864–1942)
Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906)
Magnus von Wright (1805–1868)
Anders Zorn (1860–1920)
Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664)
Juan de Zurbarán (1620–1649)

 


Wednesday 6. February 2019

Olli and Bucklan – The Life and Art of the Ehrströms

An exhibition showing the production and life of the artist couple Eric and Olga Ehrström, who represented Finnish Art Nouveau, has opened in the Serlachius Museums, Mänttä. Olga Gummerus-Ehrström (1876–1938) and Eric O. W. Ehrström (1881–1934) have been almost forgotten in Finland’s art history. The Serlachius Museums’ exhibition tells about their art and life more extensively than ever before.

The exhibition is spread over two museums. Serlachius Museum Gustaf presents the Ehrströms’ industrial art production and sketches as well as the couple’s life and joint projects. Art Museum Gösta features Olga Gummerus-Ehrström’s works, most of which have never been on public display before. Her production is a wonderful addition to the story of Finland’s women artists.

Gösta Serlachius (1876–1942), who led the paper industry company G. A. Serlachius Ltd, was an important patron and friend of the Ehrströms in the early decades of the 20th century. The childless couple bequeathed their entire artistic estate in the mid-1930s: over 4,000 works and sketches to the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation.

The Ehrström collection has been very little studied and displayed over the decades. As a result of cataloguing and research that began in 2011 and lasted for years, parts of the valuable collection have finally been unveiled. The exhibition is curated by Serlachius Museums’ researcher Helena Hänninen and by Pälvi Myllylä, museum director of the Visavuori Museum, who is well acquainted with Olga Gummerus-Ehrström’s art.

Olga Gummerus-Ehrström (nicknamed Olli), who studied at art schools in Finland and Paris, was an artist whose talent, particularly as a portrait painter, was recognised at an early age. At the turn of the 20th century, she met the young Eric O. W. Ehrström in Paris, and the couple soon married. Olga became her husband’s work partner in his projects, to a large extent giving up her own career as a painter.

As a young man, Eric O. W. Ehrström (Bucklan) wanted to be a painter, but while studying with Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who became internationally famous, he found his calling in industrial art and crafts and as a graphic artist. He worked with Gallen-Kallela on, among other things, fresco paintings for the Finnish pavilion at the 1900 Paris Exposition.

For many years, Ehrström designed and executed interior design details and decorative themes for Art Nouveau buildings designed by the well-known Finnish architectural firm Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen. The architects’ most famous works are the Hvitträsk and Hvittorp villas in Kirkkonummi, the Pohjola Insurance Company and Pohjoismaiden Osakepankki buildings in Helsinki, Suur-Merijoki Manor in the rural municipality of Vyborg and Haus Molchow (Haus Remer) north of Berlin.

As an artist, Ehrström was exceptionally versatile. He was skilled in metal embossing as well as enamel and jewellery work. He designed and made stained glass and fresco paintings as well as graphics, heraldic items, dishware and textiles. He wrote and illustrated books, drew and painted. In addition to all of this, Ehrström also worked as a conservator, teacher, curator and artistic director.

The Serlachius Museums are open:
in the winter season, 1 September–31 May, from Tuesday to Sunday 11 am–6 pm.
in the summer season, 1 June–31 August, every day 10 am–6 pm.

The museums’ visiting addresses:
Serlachius Museum Gustaf: R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, Mänttä
Serlachius Museum Gösta: Joenniementie 47, Mänttä

Additional Information and image requests: Susanna Yläjärvi, Information Officer, Serlachius, +358 (0)50 560 0156, susanna.ylajarvi@serlachius.fi


Friday 12. October 2018

Time of Stone – Harry Kivijärvi and six Finnish contemporary sculptors

The modernist stone sculptures of Harry Kivijärvi (1931–2010) contributed to the international success of Finnish sculptural art in the 1960s/70s. The Time of Stone exhibition, opening at Serlachius Museums on 13 October 2018, presents a wide selection of Kivijärvi’s production as well as his activities as a collector and as a researcher of the tradition of stone sculpture. The production of six Finnish contemporary sculptors is presented alongside Kivijärvi’s works.

Harry Kivijärvi had deep knowledge of the long history of stone sculpture in art, and his work was marked by respect for past cultures. Kivijärvi derived his own expression from international modernism. Typical to his works are precisely curving contours of stone as well as a dialogue between smoothly polished surfaces and areas left rough.

In his time, Kivijärvi was one of Finland’s most international sculptors. He represented Finland, for example, at the Bienal de São Paulo in 1961 and 1967, the Venice Biennale in 1966 and 1972 and Paris FIAC in 1978, 1980 and 1983. He worked for a long time as an art teacher and as an influential figure in the field of art, fostering the continuation of the art of stone sculpture in Finland. He is known in Finland for his many public works, such as the monument to President J. K. Paasikivi and the memorial at the grave of President U. K. Kekkonen.

In the Time of Stone exhibition, the tradition of stone sculpture is continued by six Finnish contemporary sculptors: Maria Duncker (1963), Timo Hannunen (1969), Aaron Heino (1977), Anne Koskinen (1969), Laura Könönen (1980) and Ville Mäkikoskela (1975). They represent very different ways of art working. Like Kivijärvi, each of them has found their own distinctive style in working with stone.

Kivijärvi established a foundation of key works while he was still alive. After the artist’s death, the collection was donated to the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation in 2011. It included 24 of Kivijärvi’s works as well as parts of an art collection accumulated by the artist. Kivijärvi’s sculptures have been placed in a permanent exhibition in the park of Serlachius Museum Gösta.

The Fine Arts Foundation supplemented the collection by acquiring artifacts from Egypt collected by the artist as well as sculptures from the early part of Kivijärvi’s career. Now they can be seen for the first time in the exhibition opening at the Serlachius Museums. The exhibition is curated by Serlachius Museums’ Head Curator, Laura Kuurne.

Exhibition catalogue Time of Stone as well as a reprint of Harry Kivijärvi’s book How Were the Pyramids Built?, first issued in 1990, will be published at the time of exhibition opening. Both books will be available also in English language.

Art and the history of the paper industry

The Serlachius Museums are located in Mänttä-Vilppula, a small town in Central Finland whose growth centred on the paper industry. The Serlachius Museums, surrounded by forest and lakes, present Finnish and international art as well as the history of the Finnish paper industry.

The museums are maintained by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, which was established in 1933 and owns one of the Nordic countries’ most significant private art collections. The collection includes some of the most famous works of the Golden Age of Finnish art, for example paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck and Albert Edelfelt.

A timber-frame extension, the Pavilion, completed in 2014, now also presents international contemporary art. The Serlachius Museums have hosted major exhibitions by, among others, Anselm Kiefer, Mark Wallinger and, most recently, Koen Vanmechelen.

Time of Stone – Harry Kivijärvi and six Finnish contemporary sculptors is at Serlachius Museum Gösta from 13 October 2018 to 14 April 2019.
The Serlachius Museums are open in the winter season, 1 September–31 May, from Tuesday to Sunday 11 am–6 pm.

For further information, please contact:
Laura Kuurne, Head Curator, Serlachius Museums, tel. +358 (0) 44 269 6677, laura.kuurne@serlachius.fi

Requests for photos:
Susanna Yläjärvi, Information Officer, Serlachius Museums, tel. +358 (0) 50 560 0156 susanna.ylajarvi@serlachius.fi


Wednesday 13. June 2018

Elina Brotherus opens doors to a playful and strange world at Serlachius Museums, Finland

The exhibition playground / leikkikenttä at Serlachius Museums in Mänttä presents a new development in Elina Brotherus’ work. The photographs and video works from 2016–18 are humorous and adventurous and at the same time absurd. They take their inspiration from the ‘event scores’ of the 1960s’ Fluxus artists.

Fluxus artists were typically arbitrary, whimsical and absurdist in their work. These pioneers of conceptual and performance art used everyday life, chance operations and humour in their practice. Truly international, they opened up questions about what could and could not be considered art.

Elina Brotherus has worked for two decades with photographs and moving image. Recurring themes in the artist’s work have often been autobiographical or linked to art history as well as the interaction between the human figure and landscape. She has photographed herself throughout her entire career.

Brotherus adopted as a starting point for her work the ‘event scores’ developed by the artist George Brecht in the early 1960s. Interpreting these in her own style she has expanded the idea of a score, also seeking inspiration from film makers, poets, painters and photographers. In many works, she has collaborated with the dancer and choreographer Vera Nevanlinna.

The exhibition also includes new works, in which Brotherus partners with the sculptor Erwin Wurm and the Austrian avant-garde feminist artist VALIE EXPORT.

The result is an exceptionally rich series of photographs and short videos that turn a new page in Brotherus’ production. The exhibition, overflowing with energy, creates a link between artists over the decades. A continuum, extending from the past to the present, challenges the artist and encourages the viewer to reflect on the nature of art, history, repetition, authorship and interpretation.

Brotherus won the prestigious Carte blanche PMU award in France in autumn 2017. The exhibition Règle du jeu / Rules of the Game, associated with the award, was shown in the Pompidou Centre in Paris. A more extensive exhibition playground / leikkikenttä, continuing with the same thematic, is now presented at Serlachius Museum Gustaf. The exhibition is curated by Dr Susan Bright.

Elina Brotherus' work has been given prominence in numerous art and photography books and magazines. She has previously published eight monographs. In connection with the exhibition playground / leikkikenttä, a limited edition hand-made box is released in 250 numbered and signed copies, that contains all the exhibited works on separate cards.

Further information: http://www.serlachius.fi/en/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/59-playground/

Serlachius Museums

Serlachius Museums are located in the small town of Mänttä-Vilppula in Central Finland. The locality, which developed 150 years ago around the paper industry, has undergone an industrial upheaval, but it has risen in recent years to become one of Finland’s most important art towns.

Serlachius Museums are maintained by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, which has been operating for 85 years. The foundation’s own collections include master works from the Golden Age of Finnish art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Through a museum extension, completed in 2014, the museums have also become a strong influence in the field of contemporary art. The timber-frame new building, designed by the Barcelona architectural studio MX_SI, has been awarded many international and Finnish architecture prizes. In Finland, Serlachius Museums has won the Museum of Year 2015 award and Finland’s Best Tourism Destination 2015 and 2016.

playground / leikkikenttä is open in Serlachius Museum Gustaf 16 June 2018 – 6 January 2019
Serlachius Museums are open in summer 1 June–31 August, every day 10 am–6 pm.

Further information: 

Elina Brotherus, elina.brotherus@gmail.com
www.elinabrotherus.com
Curator Susan Bright, susan@susanbright.net

Requests for photos:
Serlachius Museums’ Information Officer Susanna Yläjärvi, tel. +358 (0)50 560 0156 susanna.ylajarvi@serlachius.fi