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On Tjörn we love art and nature. From the jetty at the Nordic Watercolor Museum, you can dip your paintbrush in water while you dip your toes in the sea. From the cliffs of the historic landscape of Sculpture in Pilane, you can gaze out over the sea with the sculpture Anna by your side. Across the water stands Pater Noster, the king of lighthouses, where you have a world-class design hotel that offers you a home on the horizon.

Ai Weiwei at Pilane

This year, Sculpture in Pilane will be visited by the world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who will show his installation ‘Roots’ - seven giant roots, the remains of one of the largest endangered trees on Earth. The roots are upwards of a thousand years old and have been preserved and turned into works of art depicting ancient giant birds and other creatures from the underworld.

May 13 - September 24 2023

New exhibition at The Nordic Watercolour Museum

The Nordic Watercolour Museum is showing ‘Animal Kingdom’, an exhibition of works that span from the 17th century to the present day, and which focuses on animals, nature, and ecology. Historical painting, whose main purpose was to systematize the diversity of nature scientifically, will be shown in dialogue with modern works that represent the great environmental and climate challenges facing us today.

May 7 - September 3 2023

Guardian of Water at Pater Noster 

This summer, international photo art is displayed right next to the King of Lighthouses, Pater Noster.
An outdoor photography exhibition devoted to the ocean, created in partnership with UpOnWalls.
The exhibition, featuring 18 images on recycled aluminum framed in reclaimed wood, introduces works by Christy Lee Rogers and Zena Holloway. Internationally recognized for their weightless aquatic art photography, both artists passionately engage with issues surrounding biodiversity and the health of our oceans.

June 2 - August 30 2023

Nordic Watercolor Museum

World Class Art

NORDIC WATERCOLOR MUSEUM. With its magical location by the sea on the outskirts of Skärhamn, the Nordic Watercolour Museum has an atmosphere of clarity and creativity. Since the museum opened in 2000, it has hosted a series of world class international exhibitions. Among the exhibitors have been Salvador Dali, Bill Viola, Louise Bourgeois and Swedish favourites such as Elsa Beskow, Anders Zorn and Lars Lerin.

Sculpture in Pilane

Sculpture from world-leading artists

SCULPTURE IN PILANE. Every summer in the historic Bohuslän landscape, alongside Stone Age remains and grazing sheep, is a sculpture exhibition of world-leading artists. One of the world's largest and most beautiful works of art, the 14 meter high sculpture ANNA, by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, sits high on the cliffs with her timeless face turned to the sea while the seasons flow around her.

Pater Noster

A home on the horizon

PATER NOSTER. The Pater Noster lighthouse on the island of Hamneskär guided sailors for over 150 years. The masterful architecture of this legendary lighthouse is now a home on the horizon. The solitary lighthouse keeper's residence is one of the world's foremost design hotels, and has won several awards such as the World's Best Hotel Concept 2021 and the Stora Turismpriset 2022.

Summer exhibition 1 June – 30 August 2023
Guardians of Water – Christy Lee Rogers & Zena Holloway

The exhibition ‘Guardians of Water’ is a tribute to all the oceans on earth. The international photographers, Zena Holloway from the UK and Christy Lee Rogers from Hawaii, both shoot underwater to create weightless images. Both photographers are very committed to environmental issues and the health of the world's oceans.

Paddle your way to art through the world's most beautiful archipelago

Rent your kayak at Kajaktiv in Bleket. From here, paddle north towards Skärhamn, past salt-rimed boathouses, cobs, and skerries, to land on the beach outside the Nordic Watercolour Museum. In calm weather there is also the opportunity to paddle with a guide from Kajaktiv to the small island of Hamneskär, home of the Pater Noster lighthouse.