Summer exhibitions 2017

This summer my works can be found in three different exhibitions, two in Finland and one in Spain:

IN – OUT  –   The theme of the 18th summer exhibition at Haihatus is landscape and environment. Art works from 30 artists are in the main building and it´s attic, the garden, the sculpture field and small huts around the area. Open every day 18.6. – 25.8.2017. Jousitie 68-70, Joutsa, Finland.

Pia_Mannikko_Still_Live_2017My installation Still Live in Haihatus. I have also three other works in the exhibition.

Finlandia – el País de las cuatro estaciones  –  Exhibition presents over 20 artists from Finland, and is part of the official program of Finland´s 100 years independence celebrations. Open until 9th July, closed mondays and tuesdays, free admission. Sala de Exposiciones Vista Alegre, Torrevieja, Spain. Villa Allegre in Facebook


Näkymä 2017  –  The environmental art exhibition in Akaa, Finland has works from educated and self-taught artists. Art works can be found in the ares surrounding the lake and the railroad museum in the city center. Exhibition is open 1.7.-31.8.2017, 24/7, free admission. Opening is Friday 30.7. at 18:00, the tour starts at Sampolantie 3. Welcome!       Näkymä in Facebook



Landscape Machine has a new home in Kiasma

My latest work Landscape Machine has been purchased by Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and is now part of the Finnish National Gallery´s collections. The collections comprise more than 35,000 works of art as well as archival material and objects. The collection is owned by the State.

pia_mannikko_landscape_machine_01Pia Männikkö: Landscape Machine, 2016. Materials: rya, steel, electromechanics. Size: 430 cm x 245 cm x 48 cm. 

Browse through the works, artists and collections of the State owned art museums at Finnish National Gallery Collection´s website.

Landscape Machine´s page at Finnish National Gallery Collection´s website.

Touching Sculpture

The Most Touching Sculpture is a multisensory exhibition organized by the Finnish Deafblind Association in cooperation with the Association of Finnish Sculptors. The sculptures in the exhibition are of different sizes, shapes, materials and have different surface feel. Unlike in most art exhibitions visitors are invited to touch the works. The purpose is to remind that for the blind and deafblind the sense of touch allows aesthetic pleasure. Also for seeing visitor being able to touch the works offers more comprehensive art experience.

My masking tape sculpture Some people knit was chosen as the most touching sculpture by Santeri Grönlund, a 16-year-old deaf-blind since birth. Santeri was attracted by the work´s particular language of form and light weight.
“This sculpture is incredibly wonderful. It has fine round shapes and its meaning remains puzzling. Few people know how to do so especially light work, which, in addition to the round forms, has its own scent”, Santeri Grönlund explained his choice.

The exhibition is open in Helsinki city center 25.10.-20.11.2016, tue-fri 11-18, sat-sun 12-16. Gallery Kaarisilta, Sanomatalo, Elielinaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki.

pia_mannikko_some_people_knit__most_touching_sculptureImage by Tuija Wetterstrand / The Finnish Deafblind Association

Landscape Machine

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 2, Helsinki
22.10. – 6.11.2016.

The starting point for my work is often the movement and dimensions of the human body. I am interested in an individual’s personal space and how we observe our environment. Natural phenomena and varying scales also inspire me. Recording the passing of time as well as the growth and change of my works are core elements in my work process. Physical connections between the viewer and my works are also important to me.

The Landscape Machine is related to a horizontally rotating theater backdrop and early animation film backgrounds, with the same landscape repeated over and over. Constantly moving forward, the Landscape Machine pursues some kind of non-place, a space that could be anywhere in the world.

Thank you for support: The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

More info: Landscape Machine Facebook event


Chekhov Machine goes Beckett

The Chekhov Machine is a collective that comprises of artists from various disciplines. I work in the group as set designer. Each performance is a poetic improvisation on space and time – a site-specific live installation that deals with themes such as anxiety, ambivalence, sadness, longing, imprisonment and the feelings of being an outsider.

Chekhov Machine goes Beckett is a surrealist – avantgardist  dance theater piece, that draws inspiration from the worlds of Anton Chekhov´s and Samuel Beckett´s plays. The premiere is at Stoa theater in Helsinki on September 15th. Other performances on Fri 16th – 7pm, Sat 17th – 7pm & Sun 18th – 3pm. Welcome!

Chekhov Machine info in Facebook

Chekhov Machine goes Beckett

Back to Finland – recent exhibitions

TEOS 2016
It is time for the annual sale event of Associations of Finnish Sculptors and Finnish Printmakers: TEOS 2016 exhibition is open every day 25.2. – 6.3.2016 at Cable Factory, Helsinki. I will have there three small masking tape works that I made during my residency period in New York, after finding strong colored masking tape. These pieces will be hung on the wall, here below is one of them.

Some_people_knit_IX_sSome people knit IX, 2015, masking tape, size 38 x 21 x 17 cm

Finnish Academy of Fine Arts´ exhibition
Last Sunday ended the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts´ exhibition at the Exhibition Laboratory gallery. It had an interesting concept: everyone from the Academy, students, alumni and all of the staff could bring any work they wanted to be shown. You were not really able to tell, without reading the texts, who was a professional artist with long career, and who worked at the Academy´s office. The exhibition raised very fundamental discussions about what is art, what is good art, and how you can experience art in general.
In this exhibition I had a painting from a series I made in New York after working with a great professional dancer. This piece is named after her.

Myrrhia_Art_Academy_ExhibitionMyrrhia, 2015, acrylic and ink on canvas, size 76 x 101 cm.

Occupy space!
The Association of Finnish Sculptors had a vast exhibition, Occupy Space!, in Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi in Lapland. Occupy Space! brought forward contemporary Finnish sculptors, from established to up-and-coming artists.
The exhibition opened during my residency period in New York, but I was able to visit Rovaniemi in the end of January during the last day of the exhibition, and finally see my  two works at the museum. I also joined the guided tour and got a lot of interesting comments from the visitors. Thank you everyone who were there!

Rovaniemi_Occupy Space_2016_sKorundi visitors examining Some people knit from 2014. In the background is a glimpse of my photo work Tenses (Rovaniemi), 2015