People in general don’t travel to southern Finland for art and culture, they rather come here for nature. In Ekenäs/ Tammisaari, as well, nature is very pervasive and omnipresent. But then, one finds out that the internationally acclaimed painter Helene Schjerfbeck (1862 – 1946) lived here for years, or decades even. (But , I’ve heard, she didn't exactly love it.) And so, the small, incredibly lovingly cared for EKTA Museum hosts a permanent Schjerfbeck-exhibition. And yes - one can recognize, or at least imagine, that life and environment have been reflected in her work. And yes, one also wonders whether the relative isolation has contributed to her singular work, as well, even though Ekenäs used to be more populous and more dynamic in former times. Most of Helene Schjerfbeck's paintings are, of course, in larger, more important museums - but at EKTA, sketches and prints are on display, and easy information rendering the painter's life circumstances and her art’s background tangible and accessible.
Another permanent exhibition illuminates the history of the small but surprisingly old town; as well as the temporary exhibition focuses on prohibition in Finland, during which time apparently war-like conditions prevailed.
So if anyone should ever come to Ekenäs/ Tammisaari, I really recommend them to visit EKTA Museum! Apart from the interest in Helene Schjerfbeck, and the question "How do the others do it?", I understand quite some things I found a strange before much better.
Kustaa Vaasan katu 11
FI - 10600 Tammisaari
Header, 1: chronologische Anneinanderreihung von Helene Schjerfbecks Selbstporträts, EKTA Museum, Ekenäs/ Tammisaari, Finnland, 2020
2: historische Ausstellung, EKTA Museum, Ekenäs/ Tammisaari, Finnland, 2020
3, 4: Aus der Ausstellung “Kiellettyä viinaa - kieltolaki 1919 – 1932.” über die Prohibition in Finnland, EKTA Museum, Ekenäs/ Tammisaari, Finnland 2020
5: Helene Schjerfbeck, “Azaleen”, 36 x 45cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 1906, Helene Schjerfbeck public domain, Quelle: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helene_Schjerfbeck_-_Atsalea_(1904).jpg
6: Helene Schjerfbeck, Selbstporträt, 43,5 x 42cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 1912, Helene Schjerfbeck, public domain, Quelle: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helene_Schjerfbeck_-_Omakuva_(1912).jpg