The Mänttä Art Festival is the largest summer exhibition of Finnish contemporary art. The Festival will 2020 take place from June 14 to August 31, 2020 in Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland. This year’s exhibition title is Erehtyminen / To Err Is Human.
The XXV Mänttä Art Festival has selected Anna Ruth as the curator for the 2020 exhibition. Canadian-raised but settled in Jyväskylä, Ruth is a visual artist, award-winning art event organizer and versatile cultural activist. In recent years, Ruth has enriched the cultural scene of her adopted home city with several innovative cultural projects. Anna Ruth has participated in exhibitions in several countries and her artworks have been acquired by various art collections in Finland and abroad. The Mänttä Art Festival has been near to Ruth's heart for many years. Her relationship with the Art Festival was established already in 2002, the year of her arrival, and since then, she has visited every Mänttä Art Festival exhibition excluding one. Read more!
This year’s exhibition presents 47 artists or artist groups. Individually, 62 artists are participating in the exhibition as many work in pairs or as groups. The exhibition highlights the diversity of contemporary art in artistic mediums, styles, perspectives, languages and nationalities. Out of the 62 artists, 55 will be shown in Mänttä for the first time. Almost half of the artists come from multicultural backgrounds. Their personal histories are from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Colombia, Hungary, Italy, Intiaan, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Mexico, and Pakistan among other places. Read more!