Mänttä Art Festival, will be postponing this year’s exhibition until the year 2021. This year’s exhibition curator, the artists and the theme will remain, to create the exhibition in 2021. The new dates for the festival are currently set for June13th, until August 31st, 2021. The Mänttä Art Festival is the largest summer exhibition of Finnish contemporary art. 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 2021 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!
Mänttä Art Festival 2021 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!