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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.


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

summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm
wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm
Closed 6 Dec, 24–25 Dec, 31 Dec, 25 Mar and 30 Apr

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Thursday 12. June 2014

At Serlachius Museum Gösta's exhibitions SuperPop!, Sakkinen and Ahtila

The pavilion of the Serlachius Museum Gösta will open to the public Saturday 14 June. The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation's collection exhibitions in Gösta will receive company in the form of top-class exhibitions of contemporary art: SuperPop! curated by Timo Valjakka, Museum of No Art established by Riiko Sakkinen and Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s video installation Studies on the Ecology of Drama 1.

The art museum's main summer exhibition, SuperPop!, presents a wide range of pop art. The exhibition’s curator, Timo Valjakka, has collected together classics of pop art from the USA and Finland. Works by international and Finnish contemporary artists enter into dialogue with them.

The exhibition contains 130 works by 23 artists. It includes works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, among others. They influenced Finnish artists of the 1960s and 70s such as Paul Osipow and Raimo Reinikainen.

The other side of the exhibition comprises works by international and Finnish contemporary artists. They belong to a generation that has grown up amidst popular culture and for which pop art is part of their world of experiences. - I didn’t build the exhibition on a generational basis, and in any case the exhibition is not an overview of the history of pop art, says Timo Valjakka.

More about the SuperPop! exhibition can be read by clicking on this link:

Watch a video in which Timo Valjakka tells about the SuperPop! exhibition:

Studies on the Ecology of Drama 1

Internationally-renowned Finnish contemporary artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila's four-channel video installation Studies on the Ecology of Drama 1 is premiering in Gösta’s pavilion. The work has been acquired for the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s collection.

The work is a12-minute installation of moving images about an attempt at empathetic dialogue with other living organisms. Actress Kati Outinen plays the human role in the work. Other living creatures are a bush, a tree, a worm, a house martin, a butterfly and horses.

According to Ahtila, the aim of the artwork is to present athropocentrism, or belief in the centrality of the human race, in film narration, and to utilise moving images as means of expression in the creation of an ecological drama and story.

A monograph broadly presenting Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s production is also being shown along with the installation. A book written by Pauli Sivonen, Director of the Serlachius Museums, considers the treatment of the Man’s relationship with nature in Ahtila’s works from the mid-1990s to the present day. The book is published by the Finnish Literature Society.

Museum of No Art

Artist Riiko Sakkinen is establishing a new museum in Gösta's pavilion, the Museum of No Art, a.k.a. MuNA. This is a fictional and dystopic museum where the most important things are business and the ego of the museum director. Art has no meaning in this museum.

- The most important picture in art museums is the large metal one in the lobby. It shows the names of the sponsors and often also those of the members of the board. Money and power play a key role. The Museum of No Art has taken this concept so far that the museum no longer needs any art at all, says Sakkinen.

MuNA contains art only on advertising posters outside the museum. It does not, however, disturb the actual business of the museum, which is the sale of products in the museum shop. Sakkinen also showcases the museum as an institution, in which art is needed merely to legitimise and advertise the museum, not for content.

Read more about the Museum of No Art by clicking this link:

Watch an interview with Riiko Sakkinen, in which he tells about the Museum of No Art:

Gösta’s Friends

In Gösta’s old manor are two exhibitions, which have been put together from the Fine Art Foundation’s own collections. The Gösta’s Friends exhibition displays works by artists who were important to Gösta Serlachius, the founder of the Foundation.

Gösta Serlachius acquired works from the artists of his time, and particularly liked to buy contemporary art of his time. Following his example, the Fine Arts Foundation now also acquires contemporary art, a few examples of which can also be seen in the exhibition.

The Model and the Mad Painter

The first floor of the old manor houses an exhibition that transcends the boundaries of a traditional art exhibition. In it, artworks and installation architecture punctuated by literary texts play a major role. The exhibition showcases Finnish art from the Golden Age as well as Modernism, following the timeline of art history.

This time, the work’s models get to have their say: the owner of Ekola Farm, Eerikki, a nude model posing in an art school in Paris and a butterfly that has landed on a worker's trousers. Through texts by Riikka Ala-Harja, we get to experience the age and to imagine the moment when paintings are made.

Laura Kuurne is curating the exhibition, and its visual expression has been created by Tarja Väätänen, Chief of Exhibitions at the Serlachius Museums. The texts are the work of author and dramatist Riikka Ala-Harja.

Read more about the exhibitions in the old manor by clicking this link:

Further information: Director of the Serlachius Museum Pauli Sivonen, +358 (0)50 566 1355,

Image requests: Susanna Yläjärvi, +358 (0)40 166 3480,

Thursday 12. June 2014

Serlachius Museum Gösta is a triumph of international cooperation

International and Finnish skills are combined in an extraordinary way in the new Gösta pavilion of Serlachius Museums. As a result of this co-operation, on 14 June, Mänttä will see the opening of an art museum that respects its surroundings and our most traditional Finnish building material, wood, all while showcasing unique structural engineering solutions.

Building the Gösta pavilion posed all manner of challenges. Regardless, the new museum building was completed on schedule, within roughly 18 months.

Architecture agency MX_SI from Barcelona won the international design competition organised for the Gösta pavilion, and architects Héctor Mendoza, Boris Bezan, and Mara Partida designed the building. Their design is based on connecting the new building to the old manor milieu. ‘Now that the building is finished, it feels like the dialogue has begun,’ they say.

The greatest challenges for the architects included preserving as many of the characteristics of the original competition submission in subsequent stages as possible. These included the relationship between inside and outdoor areas and the building’s subtle and delicate geometry.

A construction project brimming with challenges and successes

Even though the Serlachius Museums construction project posed many challenges, the designers, construction workers, and the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation stress that the project enjoyed an immense team spirit. Many saw the Gösta pavilion as the kind of project that comes along only once in a lifetime.

The building is supported by approximately 100 glulam frames that are visible from both the interior and exterior of the building. They support the building, create space, and give the building its unique character. The concrete floors are connected to the wooden support structure with innovative joints. This is a building with almost no 90-degree corners, which is testament to the importance of work done by hand.

The architects at MX_SI consider finishing the project in time their greatest accomplishment. A lesser, but nonetheless important, success was creating a three-dimensional effect on the wooden façade by inventing an ingenious way of rotating the boards.

‘We have studied the use of wood as a construction material, along with the related techniques, to create a space that houses valuable and fragile artworks in addition to fulfilling all its other functions, and we learned a lot. The technique in this museum building is very advanced, and it offers flexible opportunities to use the spaces within for various exhibitions,’ the architects say.

The largest design competition in Finland

The Gösta pavilion construction project started with the announcement of the international architectural design competition, in December 2010. The competition received no fewer than 579 submissions and became Finland’s largest ever architectural design competition.

For its next phases, a Finnish partner handled the project: architect Pekka Pakkanen of Huttunen–Lipasti–Pakkanen Architects. A-Insinöörit Oy was in charge of the structural engineering. Architects from MX_SI remained closely involved in further design and in honing the details throughout the project. Local company Jämsän Kone- ja Rakennuspalvelu Oy was the main contractor for the pavilion.


Serlachius Art Museum Gösta

The old manor was built in 1935. Architect Jarl Eklund designed it for Gösta Serlachius to be used as an official residence.
The manor has been in use as an art museum since 1945.
The gross area of the new pavilion is approximately 5,700 square metres.
The building is 135 metres long and 17 metres tall at its highest point.
The building contains three exhibition spaces, of various sizes, along with a restaurant, a ballroom, and customer-service facilities.
Museum staff has work space in the building, and the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s collections also have appropriate storage and collection areas.
The total cost for the museum extension and alterations to the old manor was roughly 20 million euros.
The entire project was carried out with funds from the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation.

Background material: Questions put to MX_SI architects and their answers.

Further information: Director of the Serlachius Museum Pauli Sivonen, +358 (0)50 566 1355,

Image requests: Susanna Yläjärvi, +358 (0)40 166 3480,

Thursday 3. April 2014

Near handover


The completion of Gösta’s pavilion comes closer day by day. The handover of the spaces starts 17 April, even though the work will continue for about two weeks after that at some parts of the house. The coating work of the interior of the house has almost been completed. The delivery and installation of the restaurant’s furniture and fixed furnishings are in the making. The wood furniture for the foyer, restaurant and office spaces is also under way, as well as the metal furniture for the collection spaces.

The facade cladding of the building is close to finish. The tile cladding of the facade and work on glass link are in progress. The installation of the camera columns has begun. The landscaping work starts weather permitting. The renovation of the old manor is coming to an end and the change work of Autere cottage begins in mid-April. The foundations of the bridge to Taavetinsaari have been constructed and the bridge itself will be lifted to its place on the second week of April. About 130 persons still work on the site. Image: Juha Roponen.


Tuesday 4. March 2014

The link connects the old and the new museum

Finishing work is under way throughout the new pavilion. Inside the building, the main work will be done with the suspended ceilings, because all concealed technical installations must be performed first. The suspended ceiling installation will go on until the end of May. The most of the parquet and stone floors have been completed. The floor installation in the office part will be started during the next couple of days, as well as the finishing of the basement floor. As for the work outside the building, facade weatherboarding starts to reach its final stage, and cast of loading routes and facade weather tiling are equally under way. The floor of the glass link has been cast and the roof completed. Glazing of the link starts within few days. The renovation in the old manor has been commenced, and change work in the Autere cottage begins in April. The foundation work of the bridge leading to Taavetinsaari is also in progress. The steel frame arrives in Mänttä at the beginning of April. Altogether 130 people work at the area. Image: Juha Roponen

Tuesday 4. February 2014

Ready surfaces inside as well as outside

At present, people dig into work practically everywhere within Joenniemi area. Installation walls of the exhibition spaces and surfacing of the floors are under way at Gösta’s pavilion. Currently, work at false ceilings and waterproofing of wet spaces is in progress around the whole building. Technical installation work such as electrical, ventilation and plumbing installations progress side by side with the construction work. Foundation work related to the brigde leading to Taavetinsaari has commenced and a walking path around the island as well as particular panorama spots have been cleared. Foundation work for these paths has begun. The thinning-out work aimed to open the landscape has been completed. Also the renovation of the old manor has begun. The construction contractor of the pavilion building Jämsän Kone- ja Rakennuspalvelu as well as Energiatekniikka Oy along with Sähkötyö Ari Heinonen are responsible for the work. Restoration of Autere cottage starts in April. Until then, the cottage operates as site lunch canteen. Currently 130 people work within the area of Joenniemi. Image: Susanna Yläjärvi