The town of Mänttä (one hour´s drive from Tampere) was founded in the middle of forests around the ground wood mill, later paper mills established in the region by the Serlachius family. Both the founder, Gustaf Adolf Serlachius and Gösta Serlachius, who followed his uncle as a director of the G.A. Serlachius Ltd., were great collectors and patrons of art.
The great days of forest industry in Mänttä are now over but the town has been able to create a new identity as an art town with world class museums as well as an art and music festival each summer. Our tour will include a visit to the two most important museums in Mänttä.
GUSTAF is located in an elegant functionalistic building, the former head office of G.A. Serlachius Ltd. The curious and exciting exhibitions describe the life and hazardous business affairs by the first mill owner, Gustaf Adolf Serlachius, but also the ordinary life of people in a town that was totally dominated by one company and its owners. In an innovative way, the museum illustrates important periods of the Finnish social history.
GÖSTA is a world class art museum, in fact two museums, situated in a beautiful part on the lake Melasjärvi. The Manor was completed in 1935 as the mill owner Gösta Serlachius' private residence. The collections include artwork of the Golden Age of Finnish art, such as Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck, Eero Järnefelt, Victor Westerholm and Magnus Enckell, but also old European works by Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French artists from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Recently, the painting Haystack in the Evening Sun, acquired in 1957, was authenticated as a genuine Claude Monet, following a thorough examination. The newest acquisitions include Helene Schjerfbeck’s painting Robber at the Gate of Paradise, acquired from Christie´s auction house in a private sale.
GÖSTA Pavillion was designedby architects Héctor Mendoza, Mara Partida and Boris Bezan ofthe Barcelona architectural firm MX_SI’. The timber-frame building has won several awards in Finland and abroad.
The tour will include guided visits to both GUSTAF and GÖSTA as well as a tasty lunch at restaurant GÖSTA.