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+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

Open summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm, wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm.


+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm
summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm

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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:

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,
Curator Susan Bright,

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