The least-known part of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation´s collection. ?
Exhibited 12 May, 2012–2 September 2012
AUTHENTIC OR FORGERY
There are also art forgeries on display. Visitors now have the opportunity to reflect on the concept of authenticity.
The Gösta´s Rarities exhibition presents items from the collection of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation that have rarely been on show. The more than 70 works are by nearly 50 artists.
They mainly represent Modernism: the most recent items date from the 1970s. Indeed, it may come as a surprise to the visitor that the Foundation´s collection contains works other than those from the Golden Age.
The exhibition offers a diverse set of the art of Modernism. Expressivist colours glow in powerful paintings by artists that include Erik Enroth, Reidar Aulie and Per Krogh. Works by Gösta Diehl and Ragnar Ekelund convey the tradition of Surrealism and Cubism. The French artist Roland Oudot´s works have a contemplative grasp.
Now also geometric surfaces can be seen in Gösta´s exhibition rooms in, for example, a relief by the Finnish sculptor Eero Hiironen. The lithographs on display include, among others, some by Helene Schjerfbeck.
The exhibition includes also icons from Foundation´s collections that reflect the Byzantine tradition.
The Gösta´s Rarities exhibition also turns the light of publicity onto an issue about which museums generally keep quiet - art forgeries. We present forged art and works that at some stage have been suspected to be fakes. They include fake Helene Schjerfbeck and Akseli Gallen-Kallela pictures, which were added to the Gösta Serlachius art collection in 1956 when a loan for which they had been put up as collateral was not paid.
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.