The Model and the Mad Painter
At art museum Gösta's old manor, the boundaries of a traditional art exhibition are boldly broken. A total artwork has been installed at the first floor of the manor. It combines literary texts with artworks and installation architecture.
The name of the exhibitions The Model and the Mad painter refers to Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who lived and worked in the late 1880s at Ekola cottage in Keuruu. Among the local people he was consided to be mad and people used to referto him as "the Depictor".
The exhibition puts on display Finnish art of the Golden Age and as well as Modernism, following the timeline of art history. This time, the well known story of Finnish art will be told from the viewpoint of the models of the artwork, rather than from that of the artists and art history. The owner of Ekola Farm, Eerikki, a nude model posing in an art school in Paris and a butterfly that has landed on worker's trousers have a chance to express their view.
Fictional texts by Riikka Ala-Harja are backed up by facts from art history. Chief Curator at the Serlachius Museums, Laura Kuurne has curated the exhibition, and its visual expression has been created by Tarja Väätänen, Scenographer of the Serlachius Museums.
Joenniementie 47, Mänttä.
In summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.
In wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm.
Adults 10 €, under 18s free of charge.