Art is the heart of Mänttä-Vilppula

Serlachius Museums are the pride of Mänttä-Vilppula. (Photo: Serlavhius Museums

Mänttä-Vilppula is a wonderful art city in the middle of forests

Actor Kati Outinen familiar from Kaurismäki’s film and a Mexican performance artist Pancho López. Among other things, such characters can be found in Mänttä-Vilppula in mid-November.

Aamulehti from Tampere visited in November 2019 to see how Mänttä-Vilppula, which has called itself an art city, is doing in the middle of winter and was surprised by the liveliness of the place.

The piston is a freak of nature. The small town lives surrounded by forests, but is defying geography and it is absolutely one of the most important centers of the art world in Finland. Now Mänttä is aiming to become the European Capital of Culture together with Tampere. Mänttä-Vilppula is Tampere’s main partner. Even Mänttä-Vilppula’s official e-mail addresses are now in the form @taidekaupunki.fi (@artcity).

People visit Mänttä of course in the summer, when there are big exhibitions and festivals, but the city is also very much alive in the winter.

There you can even come across the Mexican artist Pancho López, who is another of Serlachius residency artists.

Performance artist López travels the world and sometimes makes coffee for people, sometimes goes to picnic meals in the city centers!

– Mänttä is special: this is a small place, but there is an incredible Fine Arts life here, says visual artist Mikko Kallio.

Mänttä-Vilppula is a city of about 10,000 inhabitants, about 90 kilometers from Tampere and Jyväskylä.

It is known as an art city and a historical center of the Finnish paper and forest industry. The Serlachius family has been a strong influencer in both art and industry.

At the beginning of 2009, the city of Mänttä merged with its neighbor Vilppula and Mänttä-Vilppula was born.

Read the whole Aamulehti story from this link (story in finnish).