A photographic exhibition at Kalmar Castle

2022 marks 50 years since Sweden’s longest bridge was inaugurated, a bridge that was groundbreaking, and changed the landscape as well as Öland and the Kalmar region forever. We celebrate this with a photographic exhibition at Kalmar Castle.

The pictures in the exhibition are taken by press photographer Åke Håkansson, who is now 89 years old. These reportage photos give further insight into the history of the bridge, including its construction process, its inauguration, and the events before and after its creation. Assisted by Åke’s grandson, Teodor Håkansson, we have now brought the photos out of the archive. The exhibition gives you the opportunity to experience some amazingly good photos, both as cultural documents of an era, and as artworks.

The exhibition is displayed in the east tower and the Frökenrummen (the chambers of the ladies-in-waiting). It is a tribute to the bridge and to the people behind it, to the permanent residents of the island, to all the island guests, and to the craft of press photography, while at the same time inviting reflection on the bridge’s impact. Visitors are also given a chance participate, by submitting their own memories, and to hear various audio clips from the inauguration, retrieved from the Radio Sweden archives. In one of the rooms, there is a miniature of the Öland bridge, several meters long, where children can play.

The exhibition is open daily from April 30th to November 6th, 2022.