HOW A SMALL INDUSTRIAL TOWN WAS CONVERTED INTO A WELL-KNOWN CENTRE OF ART
The exhibition has been devised with a strong humoristic grasp and introduces visitors to the birth, development and present day of the art town.
The detective story from which the exhibition was woven was inspired by the series "Charlie's Angels" that was such a big hit on TV in the late 1970s. The secret of the art town is revealed by Gustaf's Angels, the detective agency that bears the name of Gustaf Serlachius, Mänttä´s first paper baron and a famous art collector and patron of the arts.
The exhibition takes visitors on a tour through the mysterious recesses of the detective agency and allows them to immerse themselves in the essence of the art town with the aid of short video films and other material.
The films, specially made for the exhibition, contain interviews with influential figures in the cultural life of Mänttä and officials there as well as artists and residents with an enthusiasm for art. The themes in the videos are the main monuments in the art town's street scenes and present-day cultural attractions like the Serlachius museums Gustaf and Gösta as well as the Honkahovi Art Centre. Highlighted are the major, even nationally significant festivals that are held in town, the annual Mänttä Art Festival, which is a major review of contemporary art, and the Mänttä Music Festival, an international event for young rising piano stars.
Mänttä – European Cultural Capital?
In 2006 Mänttä astonished the Finns when it announced that it had handed in its application to be designated a European Cultural Capital for the year 2011. The mighty effort that the small town made has also been woven into the story that the exhibition tells.
A solution in a playful mood, one that reveals the result of the investigations made by the angels of the Gustaf Detective Agency will provide an answer to the mystery of the art town!
Exhibition ends on 5 March 2017.
R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, Mänttä
In summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.
Wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm. Mondays closed.
Adults 10 €, under 18s free of charge.