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Museums Haamers' House

Haamers' exhibition house at Vallimaa Street is built on the grounds of the family home of the three Haamer brothers who are all well known in Saaremaa - the engineer Eugen Haamer, pastor Harri Haamer and painter Eerik Haamer. The house was designed by Viljar Pдss and was completed in 2004.

Eugen Haamer (1903-1968) studied engineering in Germany and in Tallinn Technical School from which he graduated in 1933. In the thirties he worked as town engineer in Kuressaare and designed the Kuressaare primary Scool at Garnison Street. He also worked in Tallinn, in Germany, and in Valga Road Administration. In 1952 he became the chief engineer at Tartu Road Administration. Tartu Vхidu bridge and Luunja bridge were built under his supervision.

Harri Haamer (1906-1987) graduated in theology from the Tartu University in 1929. He served as Pьha church congregation pastor from 1929 to 1934, then at Tartu St. Paul's church until 1948, when he was arrested and sent to the Kolхma prison camp. After returning in 1955 he served at Tarvastu and Kхpu congregations and taught in the Tallinn Institute of Theology. He obtained the master's degree in 1962. He was a well-known scoutmaster and wrote several religious books for children. His Siberian prison camp memoirs "Our Life is in Heaven" was published posthumously in 1993 and has by now been translated into Finnish, Russian and German.

Eerik Haamer (1908-1944) graduated from the Tartu Higher Art School "Pallas" under supervision of Nikolai Triik. From 1941 to 1944 he taught in the Tallinn School of Applied Arts. During WWII in 1944 he fled to Sweden where lived until his death. He became known quite early in life with his paintings depicting the life of people in coastal villages in his home Saaremaa and also at the Ruhnu island, which was inhabited by Swedes in prewar times. In 1945 he moved to Gothenburg. During the last fifty years of his life the Swedish western coast Bohuslдn and the Norwegian coast became the main sources of motifs and themes of his paintings. He considered himself a Realist and felt strongly connected to the surrounding people and their neighbourhood. His work is represented in the Estonian Art Museum, Tartu Art Museum, in Art Museums of Kaunas, Rome, Budapest, in Stockholm Museum of Modern Arts and in County Museums of Цrebro and Uddevalla in Sweden. In 2007, at the art exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome Estonia will be represented by Eerik Haamer's painting "The Family in Water" from the collection of the Estonian Art Museum.

In the Haamers' House a collection of works mainly painted in Sweden are exhibited. They are large, richly figured and colourful pictures of seaside, rocks and cliffs, portraits, a vast collection of drawings and also illustrations for the Estonian epos "Kalevipoeg" completed in 1953.


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