Address: Hantverksgatan 18, 57255 Oskarshamn
Museum with an exhibition about Axel ‘Döderhultarn’ Petersson with more than 200 of his works. In June, July and August there is a daily guided lunch tour at 12 noon. The tour is free if you have an annual season card from the Culture Centre or have bought a ticket for the museum.
Döderhultarn, one of Sweden’s best-known sculptors, was born in 1868 in the parish of Döderhult. He got the name Döderhultarn from the parish. He spent his whole adult life living and working in Oskarshamn. Döderhultarn didn’t have his breakthrough until he was over 40 years old.
The museum has a unique exhibition with more than 200 of Döderhultarn’s sculptures. He depicted life in the Småland countryside and the city of Oskarshamn around the turn of the 20th century in a brilliant and humorous way. His figures portray the people in his surroundings, and stories about them give us an insight into life at the time. Many of his sculptures bear witness to the attitudes of ordinary people: Dear Mother milking, the men on whom hard work had left its mark at conscription, the sad girl in the district court, the old woman standing by her husband’s coffin, the disgraced pregnant brides who still boldly hold their heads high … they all draw us into their lives.
Despite their diminutive size, 20-30 cm in height, we are all captured by the life emanating from the figures. The expressions capture young and old, regardless of our culture and where we come from. We also learn about Döderhultarn’s exciting human destiny. He had a great sense of humour but was long ill-regarded in the city, mostly because he went his own way. He was also an inventor, aeroplane enthusiast and loved women, and it’s not difficult to like Döderhultarn and his figures. Döderhultarn was one of Sweden’s foremost woodcarvers, famous far beyond its borders.