Three photos on a white wall. The photos show views from Barösund in Ingå.

Opening exhibitions

The opening exhibitions of Chappe – Art house by the sea honour the memory of the museum’s donor, Professor of Human Genetics Albert de la Chapelle (1933–2020).

In accordance with the donor’s wish, the exhibition Climate Art – Alternative Approaches highlights environmental values and sustainable development. The exhibition Barösund 1870 -> 2023 is the beginning of a series where contemporary artists look at the Albert de la Chapelle Art Collection, and the exhibition Amazing and Magical! A tale of the birth of Chappe displays the life of Albert de la Chapelle and the birth and construction of Chappe.

The exhibitions take over Chappe’s exhibition spaces, located on three floors. In addition to the exhibitions, inclusive activities will be organised in the Ekenäs cultural quarter during the summer season. A functional sculpture connected to an artwork on display in the Climate & Art – Alternative Approaches exhibition will be erected in the museum’s garden. The accessory programme will also include a food performance as well as a dinner combining wild food and sound art, with the audience playing an important role.

Amazing and magical! A tale of the birth of Chappe

“As I walked along the streets of Ekenäs, I found that block to be interesting enough, but I thought that it could be even more interesting. The idea is that it will be striking in the best sense of the word.”

Albert de la Chapelle

In 2016, Albert de la Chapelle (1933–2020) suggested to Dan Lindholm, the Director of Raseborg Museum at the time, that he might be willing to support the building of a new art museum in the centre of Ekenäs.  This is how the idea of an art museum originated, and Albert’s wife, Professor Clara D. Bloomfield (1942–2020), also contributed to the planning. The primary target of the Albert de la Chapelle Art Foundation was to realise the art museum project. In 2018, the Art Foundation announced a design competition, and JKMM Architects was chosen as the winner.

The exhibition displays the life and career of Albert de la Chapelle, describes the origin and accumulation of his art and silver piece collections and tells the story of Chappe. The exhibition presents an extensive timeline of the life of Albert de la Chapelle as well as the history and origin of the cultural quarter in Ekenäs. A documentary video produced by dlc media delves into the life of Albert by utilising archive material and interviews to seek the person behind the deeds and accomplishments. The documentary film is available for watching at the museum and on Chappe’s YouTube channel. 

In the section describing the different phases of Chappe, Architect Asmo Jaaksi and Architect Jenni Reuter, the chairperson of the architectural competition jury, share their thoughts. The section also includes a time-lapse video on the progress of the construction work as well as the original architectural drawings and scale model of JKMM Architects that were entered into the competition. 

The digital social media wall in the exhibition offers a view that is updated in real time, displaying audiovisual content produced by visitors. 

The exhibitions have been curated by Exhibition Curator Pia Hovi.

Download a pdf-version of the timeline here.

Timeline about Albert de la Chapelles' life

Additional information about the exhibitions: Exhibition Curator Pia Hovi,, tel. +358 (0)19 289 2515

Barösund 1870 -> 2023

The exhibition Barösund 1870 -> 2023 is the beginning of a series where Chappe invites contemporary artists to look at the Albert de la Chapelle Art Collection from different points of view – studying the old to create something new. 

For the exhibition, artists Ahmed Alalousi, Sandra Kantanen, Katarina Reuter and Panu Ruotsalo have each in their own way created artworks that comment Hjalmar Munsterhjelm’s painting “Eventide in Barösund”. All the participating artists live and work in Raseborg and Hanko in the Western Uusimaa region of Finland. 

Work on the new artworks began with a joint meeting in May 2021, when the artists met for the first time and were given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the painting “Eventide in Barösund” where it was stored at the museum Collection Centre LEIRA. Since that meeting, each artist has created one or more works of art. Their starting point has been Munsterhjelm’s painting. 

On the documentary videos, #studiovisitchappe, we meet the artists in their creative process. The artists talk about their artistic work, the assignment and their interpretation of Munsterhjelm’s painting. Through watching the videos, we can accompany the exhibition curator on her visits to their studios and in nature. The videos, produced by dlc media, can be viewed in the Chappe Art Museum and on Chappe’s YouTube channel. 

In 2005, Albert de la Chapelle set up a foundation to acquire old and new Finnish art with a connection to the Western Uusimaa region. “Eventide in Barösund” was one of the earliest acquisitions to the Albert de la Chapelle Art Collection, which has been donated to the Museum of Western Uusimaa. 

Barösund is about a six-kilometre-long strait in the northern part of the Ingå archipelago, which is closely connected to the seafaring history of the Gulf of Finland. Today, the archipelago of Barösund forms a vast landscape area that includes cultural-historically valuable sites.

Participating artists: Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, Ahmed Alalousi, Sandra Kantanen, Katarina Reuter, Panu Ruotsalo

Hjalmar Munsterhjelm (1840–1905): Eventide in Barösund.
Oil on canvas
53,5 cm x 74 cm 
Albert de la Chapelle’s collection
Västra Nylands museum
Sandra Kantanen: Untitled (munsterhjelm_v1)
Image wall

343 cm x 482 cm

Climate & Art – Alternative Approaches

The opening exhibition of Chappe – Art house by the sea, Climate & Art – Alternative Approaches, honours the memory of Albert de la Chapelle (1933–2020), Professor of Human Genetics, by highlighting – in accordance with the donor’s wish – environmental values and sustainable development.

The exhibition uses art and design to introduce a cultural perspective to ecological reconstruction. Its leading theme is fostering a more symbiotic relationship that is generated through the connection between people and extends to other species and the planet. The participants of the exhibition are artists and designers along with a biodesigner and a wild food chef, who, together, endeavour to offer alternative and constructive perspectives on the dystopic way of thinking that often prevails in climate change art.

Ecological sustainability takes concrete shape in art that is originated from and connected to nature through bio-based materials and ecological techniques. Circular economy and the utilisation of organic waste play an important role in the works of the artists participating in the exhibition. In addition to environmental consciousness, sustainable thinking involves political and economic perspectives on, for instance, the possible ways to distribute resources and knowledge in a fair and just way. Among the participants are artists who co-operate with researchers by, for example, participating in field trips in nature.

Guide books written by the artists are published as co-products of the exhibition. Their themes include practices for sustainable photography in the Finnish archipelago, the creation of a bee house for hermit bees and other pollinators as well as the building of a cargo mobile office that combines a cargo bike and an office with built-in solar panels to produce electricity.

Ljusröda klossar i tre högar i ett vitt rum.
Pink Elements
slip coloured ceramic

Pink Elements is part of the research project Deep Sea Minding, commissioned by TBA21–Academy, as a continuation of their program “The Current“. 
Photo: Multifoto

Participating artists: Saara Alhopuro, Caracara Collective, Tanja Marjaana Heikkilä, Julia Lohmann, Mia Makela, N55 / ion Sørvin & Till Wolfer, Erik Sjödin, Studio Hendrikx (Bob Hendrikx), Superflex, Katja Syrjä, The Sustainable Darkroom (Hannah Fletcher, Noora Sandgren & Alice Cazenave), Jyrki Tsutsunen & Tatu Rönkkö.

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