The Quest for Happiness, installation. Photo: Sampo Linkoneva
The Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now, installation. Photo: Sampo Linkoneva

Press release 8 October 2019

The Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now
Serlachius Museums 26 October 2019 – 29 March 2020

The Quest for Happiness of Italian artists on display in Serlachius Museums

The Quest for Happiness – Italian Art Now presents a selection of the most interesting Italian contemporary artists following the scarlet thread of the pursuit of happiness. The majority of them have never exhibited in Finland before.

For many of them, creativity and energy have been the answer to the economic and political crisis that struck Italy in 2008 – as well as the whole Western world. After a decade of geopolitical overturn, happiness became a value of rising importance and a remarkably popular subject in many fields: personal achievement, job contexts, academic researches, consumerism and environment protection, to name a few. 

The exhibition’s artists present through their artworks a kaleidoscopic interpretation of the concept of happiness today, touching on key topics such as spirituality and materialism, family and communities, time and nature, history and identity, politics and freedom, feelings and technologies. The show offers a chance to investigate what happiness means in contemporary art from the viewpoint of young and mid-career Italian artists who have already experienced one of the most severe political, economic and social crisis in generations.

Yuri Ancarani, Silvia Camporesi, Loris Cecchini, Federica Di Carlo, Goldschmied & Chiari, Francesco Jodice, Marzia Migliora, Matteo Montani, Okkult Motion Pictures (Alessandro Scali & Marco Calabrese), Federico Pietrella, Pietro Ruffo, Marinella Senatore, Federico Solmi and ZimmerFrei: 14 artists from Northern to Southern Italy, working with a variety of media (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, video, new media) to form a wide and fresh spectrum of the contemporary art production in Italy in the recent years, away from the Italian clichés abroad.

The exhibition is curated by Maria Stella Bottai, Lorella Scacco and Pirjo Immonen.

Artists Loris Cecchini, Marzia Migliora, Matteo Montani and Goldschmied & Chiari are present at the exhibition opening and the press meeting in the Serlachius Museums on 25 October 2019. 

Additional programme of the exhibition:
25 October 2019 Press meeting at Serlachius Museum Gösta 12.30 pm.
25 October 2019 Exhibition vernissage at Serlachius Museum Gösta on 6 pm.
26 October 2019 The curators present the exhibition in Finnish and in English languages at 1 pm and 3 pm.
8 March 2020 Marinella Senatore’s performance which is completed in workshops that her The School of Narrative Dance organises at Serlachius Museums.
8 March 2020 Outi Pinomaa’s lecture: The use of Italian words in the terminology of art, music and gastronomy in Finnish language.
7–8 March 2020 Italian Food Weekend at Serlachius Museums’ Restaurant Gösta.

To accompany the exhibition, a catalogue in three languages has been published by Parvs Publishing Ltd.

Further information, image requests, notices of an intention to attend the press conference and exhibition opening: Susanna Yläjärvi, Information Officer of Serlachius Museums,, +358 (0)50 560 0156.

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

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The Spectre of Malthus by the artist Marzia Migliora in the exhibition is promoted by MA*GA, Gallarate Art Museum (Gallarate, Italy), winner of the Italian Council prize (2019), a programme of the Directorate-General for Contemporary

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Creativity and Urban Regeneration, a body of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities that promotes Italian contemporary art around the world. The Serlachius Museum has participated in the production of the site-specific installation on display.