Thursday 18. June 2015
International architecture experts assess Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion
The publication Göstan paviljonki – pohjoisessa valossa/Gösta’s Pavilion – in a Nordic Light, containing the reviews of international distinguished architecture experts, has been published about Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion, located in Mänttä, Central Finland. Professors Jaime J. Ferrer Forés, Peter MacKeith and Juhani Pallasmaa have contributed to the publication. Impressive photographs have been taken by architecture photographer Pedro Pegenaute.
According to Professor Juhani Pallasmaa, a member of the Finnish Association of Architects, the fundamental task of architecture is a dialogue with both landscape and cultural background. In his opinion, Gösta’s timber-frame pavilion is appealingly adapted to its old manor house environment. “The southern designers have also recognised the variation of the northern seasons as well as the special visual essence and atmosphere of winter time,” he says in praise.
In Professor Jaime J. Ferrer Forés’ view, the building’s timber cladding is reminiscent of Finnish vernacular building tradition, and the variation of light and shade – of the forest. “Like the forest, the resonance of building frames and façade repeat the rhythm of the trees in the surrounding landscape. Northern light filters between the frame beams into the interior just like it does in the forest.”
Professor Peter MacKeith suspects that the competition programme’s desired use of wood as the main building material could have felt challenging to architects born far from the tree zone of northern latitudes. “The strengths of the design of Gösta’s Pavilion – appraisal of the site’s characteristics and sense of place as well as familiarisation with the material and tectonic inventiveness – spring from a fresh and invigorating approach, from a foreign, external perspective.”
Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion, which opened in Mänttä in June 2014, was designed by the Barcelonian architectural studio MX_SI. Since it opened, the timber-framed pavilion has attracted lots of attention in Finland and Europe. The pavilion and the architects who designed it, Héctor Mendoza, Mara Partida and Boris Bezan, have also won a number of architecture awards.
Göstan paviljonki – pohjoisessa valossa / Gösta’s Pavilion – in a Nordic Light is a 50-page soft-cover book with fascinating content and excellent print quality. Reasonably priced (€10), it is will satisfy the wishes of countless museum visitors and others interested in the pavilion’s architecture to obtain further information about the building.
The book is printed in both English and Finnish.
If you would like a review copy, please send a request to Serlachius Museums’ email address email@example.com.
Editor: Päivi Viherkoski
Graphic design: Teija Lammi, Grafemi
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Estudio de Fotografia Pegenaute
Printed by: Lönnberg Print & Promo, Helsinki
Serlachius Museums publication no. 23
Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, Mänttä, Finland
More information: Head of Development Päivi Viherkoski, p. +358 (0)50 352 2567, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 12. June 2015
Touching from a Distance and Vision 2015 open Serlachius Museums’ summer
In Serlachius Museums’ new exhibition Touching from a Distance, well-known photographic artists from Finland and abroad encounter a small town in Central Finland called Mänttä. The exhibition is curated by photographic artist Ville Lenkkeri. Sculptor Antero Toikka’s exhibition Vision 2015, on the other hand, combines art, architecture and landscape. Both exhibitions will open to the public on Saturday, 13 June.
Touching from a Distance / Kaukainen kosketus arose as the result of a visit made to Mänttä in autumn 2014 by nine photographic artists. The purpose was for the artists to photograph the small Finnish town honestly from their own outlooks, backgrounds and working methods.
The artists of the exhibition are Roger Ballen (USA/South Africa), Elina Brotherus (Finland), Petros Efstathiadis (Greece), Aino Kannisto (Finland), Trish Morrissey (UK), Esko Männikkö (Finland), Pekka Niittyvirta (Finland), Inta Ruka (Latvia) and Pekka Turunen (Finland).
Some of the artists came to Mänttä with a prepared plan. Others wanted to document the life of the community just as they found it. From these encounters, a diverse exhibition, which includes a video and installations as well as photographs, has been created in Art Museum Gösta.
A house inside a museum
In autumn 2014, Roger Ballen, who has something of a cult following worldwide, built an extraordinary installation in a abandoned house condemned for demolition. This installation has now been transferred in its entirety to Art Museum Gösta. Entitled Resurrected, the installation includes photographs in addition to the house.
Petros Efstathiadis has also worked among installations. He assembled devices and appliances from abandoned materials and photographed them. For Petros, they symbolise a small northern paper industry community that arose in the middle of the Finnish forest.
Touching from a Distance includes a video and photographs from women artists, who use themselves as the models of their images. The artists are Elina Brotherus, Aino Kannisto and Trish Morrissey. Each artist’s approach to and implementation of the theme is very different, however. Inta Ruka interviewed and photographed people whose family roots are in Finnish Karelia.
Esko Männikkö and Pekka Turunen are known particularly for their depictions of the life and people of Finland’s remote areas. Pekka Niittyvirta worked a lot in the evenings and nights, photographing the people he met by chance as well as the surprise encounters that led him to new places and situations.
According to Ville Lenkkeri, the artists he selected usually depict people in their own environments and work on their exhibitions for a long time. Now they had to complete a project in a few days. According to Lenkkeri, this was actually a mission impossible that, even so, proved to be a success.
– The exhibition is diverse, which was my goal when I started to put this team together. I wanted the exhibition to be more a synthesis of different approaches and responses, like a surprising touch – a caress or squeeze – reaching out from afar, he explains.
Vision 2015 in Gösta’s park and pavilion
Sculptor Antero Toikka’s retrospective exhibition Vision 2015 spreads across Art Museum Gösta's park and continues from there into a small exhibition space in the pavilion. Toikka brings to Art Museum Gösta his large steel sculptures, which depict the museum as a cradle and home of art.
In addition to painted steel, Vision 2015 includes stone, wood and photographs. Toikka explains that the exhibition crystallises a vision of sculpting at the focal point of past, present and future. Sound Artist Timo Humaloja has created a sound world for two of his works.
– The undeniable power of art is in the present moment. It’s said that a thousand years old work you see tomorrow can provide building materials for the day after tomorrow. And what if the impression of my art received by the public were, in this respect, to be the future of my own art? he ponders.
Claude Monet’s work on show
The painting Haystack in the Evening Sun (1891) by Claude Monet, the master of Impressionism, will also be exhibited at Serlachius Museum Gösta until 31 August. The artwork from Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s collection gained a lot of publicity earlier this spring when it was studied with latest technology and authenticated as genuine Monet.
The Foundation originally acquired the painting in 1957 through a London art broker. Ever since its acquisition, the painting has been assumed to be a Monet. As the artist’s signature is not visible and the painting is largely unknown, its authenticity has at times been questioned by others.
The artwork was studied with hyperspectral imaging layer by layer. This examination revealed underneath the layers of paint in the lower right corner the signature of Claude Monet along with the year 1891.
The Serlachius Museums are open in summer 1 June–31 August, every day 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.
Friday 15. May 2015
Serlachius Museums presents a major collection of Outsider Art
The Outsider Art collection of Korine and Max E. Ammann is one of the most important in the world. An exhibition, The Art of Others, assembled from the collection, opens to the public at Serlachius Museums located in Central Finland. Outsider Art, which originates outside the official art world, tells of the creative power and passion for art of its creators. Exhibition opens on 16 May.
Outsider offers a different perspective on art. The works are characterised by fantasy, curiosity, otherness, creativity, sights and visions. The subject may be the politics or ideology of today, public life, fairy tales or the unconscious paths of the human mind.
As a group, Outsider artists consist of highly varied individuals. In addition to naïvists and visionaries, they include people who live outside of society voluntarily or by compulsion. Some of them are intellectually disabled or psychically ill. What they have in common is principally a need to express themselves through art.
In French, the terms Art Brut or Art Differencié are used for Outsider Art, in German, Volkskunst, and in English, the terms Folk Art and Raw Art are also used. In Finnish, the name ITE art is generally used. The abbreviation stands for “self-made life”.
Own discoveries the foundation of the collection
Max E. Ammann, from Switzerland, began to collect Outsider Art in the mid-1990s. He had acquired contemporary art since his youth, but was disappointed with its development. After seeing Outsider Art, it attracted his interest and he began to collect it systematically, together with his wife, Korine.
The Ammanns have travelled all over the world due to their work. On their travels, they have searched for Outsider artists. An important part of their collecting activity are visits to artists in their work locations. They have met in person a large proportion of the artists whose works they have purchased.
Today, the Korine and Max E. Ammann Collection comprises around 6,000 works by 600 artists from 30 countries. The foundation of the collection is formed by artists discovered by the Ammanns themselves. They include, among others, Martine Copenaut, Yves Fleuri, Evert Panis and Han Ploos van Amstel.
“In principle, we buy art that we like and which touches us. Of course, as our collection grows, we have also started to consider what it might look like in the future. We have formed our own concept by discussing the issue with other collectors of Outsider Art and by reading literature and journals covering the field,” says Max E. Ammann.
Finnish ITE art in the collection
The couple have visited Finland ten times or more and have driven around the country meeting ITE artists. Their collection includes works by 18 Finnish ITE artists. Last year, for example, they acquired three Tuula Husko drawings and three wood sculptures by Markku Valtonen.
The exhibition assembled from the Ammann Collection has already been shown in Erfurt in Germany, and in Lille and Sables d’Olonne in France. It is curated by the Director of the Thurgau Museum of Fine Arts, Markus Landert, and again for Serlachius Museums by scenographer Tarja Väätänen
Further information: Pauli Sivonen, tel. +358 50 566 1355 email@example.com
Friday 27. March 2015
A work of art from the Serlachius Museums’ collections has been authenticated as a genuine Claude Monet
The painting Haystack in the Evening Sun, acquired in 1957 by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, which maintains the Serlachius Museums in Finland, has been authenticated as a genuine Claude Monet, following thorough examination.
Ever since its acquisition, the painting has been assumed to be a Monet. As the artist’s signature is not visible and the painting is largely unknown, its authenticity has at times been questioned. The painting has, however, been on display at the Art museum Gösta located in Mänttä, in Central Finland.
The Foundation originally acquired the painting through a London art broker. It is believed to have been displayed at a sales exhibition for impressionist art organised by Parisian art gallerist Paul Durand-Ruel at the Grafton Gallery in London in 1905.
The piece is part of a group of ten paintings analysed in Mänttä by the Recenart research team from the University of Jyväskylä. Recenart applies cutting-edge expertise and technology from the fields of art history, chemistry, physics and information technology into the scientific study of art.
In the autumn, the painting is due to be displayed at the Monet and the French Impressionists exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark. Prior to the international exhibition, the Foundation wanted to submit the painting for further analysis with new methods developed in the Recenart project over the past two years.
The researchers quickly made an interesting discovery about the painting in Mänttä. Underneath the paint layers they uncovered the artist’s signature along with the date, 1891. An analysis of the pigments and canvas fibres also confirmed the painting is by Monet.
Further information: Direktor of the Serlachius Museums Pauli Sivonen, +358 (0)50 5661355, firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about the research: https://www.jyu.fi/en/news/archive/2015/03/tiedote-2015-03-25-20-28-46-577011
Friday 23. January 2015
Neo-Rococo and Nordic Masters at Serlachius Museum Gösta
The exuberance of Rococo style comes alive at Art Museum Gösta’s exhibition The Marquise and the Baron – Neo-Rococo and the North. This international exhibition showcases a wide selection of paintings by Nordic masters of 18th-century Rococo, Neo-Rococo and its interpretation in contemporary artists’ works. The exhibition will be on display 24 January–26 April 2015.
The exhibition presents an array of works by Nordic artists who embraced Neo-Rococo: Albert Edelfelt, Gunnar Berndtson, Carl Larsson and Kristian Zahrtmann. They lived in France in the late 19th century absorbing the influences of the Neo-Rococo that had become highly fashionable at that time.
Also the works by 18th century Rococo artists, such as Antoine Watteau, Alexander Roslin and Ulrica Pasch are exhibited. They have inspired the artist of the sequent century and in the exhibition engage a dialogue with the art of the Neo-Rococo era.
The exhibition The Marquise and the Baron contains original items from the Rococo era: costumes, furniture and decorative items to characterize the spirit of the period, for example genuine Meissen porcelain and magnificent Rococo-costumes from 1760s. The costumes are on loan from the Swedish Royal Armoury.
The curator of the exhibition, French art historian Laura Gutman is a specialist of the 19th century European art. She has created an exhibition with a strong narrative background. – It facilitates the identification of analogous features in furniture, costumes and artwork from original Rococo, Neo-Rococo or modern interpretation of those.
Helena Hietanen’s wig sculptures have been inspired by French Queen Marie Antoinette. Hannu Palosuo’s sculptures and paintings made of metal remind one of decorative crystal chandeliers. Emilie Mazeau-Langlais’ cardboard furniture imitate the original furniture of the Rococo period. Modest material is far from precocious woods, and yet the sprit of Rococo lives in its forms and handicraft skills.
– Genuine costumes and artworks from Rococo period, 19th-century paintings, Yrjö Ollila’s costume sketches created for the operetta Madame de Pompadour in 1929 as well as artworks made by contemporary artists create an illusion of never-ending Rococo masquerade, describes Laura Gutman.
The Spirit of the Enlightenment Lives on
The title of the exhibition The Marquise and the Baron refers to the connection that developed in France between pre-Revolutionary old rule and the new power. The gentile that became rich by industry, adopted the Rococo style and aristocratic way of life in the late 19th century. They adorned their residencies with genuine artworks of Rococo era or their reproductions and favoured the artists of Neo-Rococo time.
One of the key pieces of the exhibition is Art Connoisseurs in the Louvre painted by Gunnar Berndtson in 1879. Gösta Serlachius acquired the artwork for his collection in 1929. In the exhibition and in its title the world history’s most seductive mistress the marquise de Pompadour meet with a modern industrial baron.
In the Nordic countries, rather than eroticism associated to Rococo more attention was put on the thoughts of the philosophers of the Enlightenment Rousseau and Voltaire. According to Laura Gutman, the historic connection to Sweden was emphasized in Finland when Russia tightened the noose against the Grand Duchy. – Neo-Rococo was a political statement against the Russification policy, she emphasizes.
– Even in our own time, we feel the urge to refer to the philosophy of the Enlightenment whenever the importance of irony and freedom of thought needs to be reminded against Obscurantism, she states referring to the recent incidents in France
An exhibition catalogue Neo-Rococo and the North has been published. In their articles Laura Gutman and Maria Vainio-Kurtakko shed light into the art and thoughts of Neo-Rococo era in the Nordic countries. The book has been published by Finnish Literature Society and is sold by the Serlachius Museums.
Easier access to the Serlachius Museums
You can reach the Serlachius Museums in winter time more conveniently than before. Serlachius bus starts to operate during weekends from 24th January. The bus transports passengers from the trains arriving at Vilppula railway station to the museums and to Mänttä. The bus provides a link to the trains to Tampere and Helsinki. Detailed information at serlachius.fi
The increased opening hours of the museums contribute also to an easier access starting from 24 January. The museums are open in wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue-Sun at 11 am–6 pm and in summertime daily at 10 am–6 pm.
Curator of the Neo-Rococo exhibition Laura Gutman tel. 040 743 1969, email@example.com
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