The Mänttä Art Festival (est. 1993) is one of Finland’s leading summer exhibitions of contemporary art. Every year, a new curator brings a fresh perspective to the exhibition. Pekilo, a former factory building near the Mänttä mill chimneystack, has been the main exhibition venue for over a decade. The first Mänttä Art Festival was organised exactly 30 years ago. Since then, the festival has risen to become Finland’s largest survey of contemporary Finnish art and awarded with the Finnish National Prize in 2017. Read more about the history of the Mänttä Art Festival.
The exhibition 2023
XXVII Mänttä Art Festival will be open from June 11 to August 31 2023. Minna Suoniemi and Petri Ala-Maunus have been chosen as curators for the Mänttä Art Festival 2023. Out of Nowhere is the title for the 2023 Mänttä Art Festival. This year, the curators have invited many young artists. – Most of our artists are showing in the Art Festival for the first time, the curators are happy to announce. In this summer’s exhibition, 36 artists or artist groups were invited, for a total of 44 participants.
– The exhibition’s name, Out of Nowhere alludes to an unexpected surprise, that even we, as the curators, are waiting to see. What will happen when the artists install their work in the space? Even the artists are not yet aware of what will happen when the audience encounters the artwork. What will happen between the exhibition and the audience?
XXVI Mänttä Art Festival takes place from June 11 to August 31, 2023 in Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (including Midsummer day).
Pekilo Exhibition Centre, Tehtaankatu 21 FI-35800, Mänttä Finland. See map.
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Mänttä Art Festival
Pekilo, Tehtaankatu 21
FI-35800 Mänttä, Finland
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The Mänttä Art Festival has been organized by its founding association the Mäntän kuvataiteen ystävät (Mänttä Art Lovers) since 1993. A biennial event during the early years, the festival has been arranged annually since 1999. It is one of Finland’s leading summer reviews of contemporary art and every year, a new curator brings a fresh perspective to the exhibition. Pekilo, a former factory building near the Mänttä mill chimneystack, has been the main exhibition venue for over a decade. Read more about the history of the Mänttä Art Festival.
- List of the curators 1993-2022
- List of all the artists who have participated in Mänttä Art Festival 1993 - 2021
Pekilo is a former industrial building which has undergone extensive alterations and renovations to make the facilities as audience-friendly as possible. We continually strive to to further improve and increase accessibility. Read more!