The reason for this post is the comment of one of my blog friends from the post before. In her comment on Strindberg’s view of women, Viveka reminded me of a trip to Nynäs Castle in July.
This year was the 100th anniversary of August Strindberg’s death. It was noted in many parts of Sweden and the “Strindberg year 2012″ was arranged in many places. Nynäs Castle, between Nyköping and Trosa in Tystberga, Södermanland was one of them. Here have some of the contemporary artists interpreted Strindberg’s life through their own art.
Some did the interpretation of his novels and letters, others presented him through photos and drawings. Some have even added a satirical veil over his artwork. Hailed or hated, the event with the title: “Life is not for amateurs” showed that Strindberg was no easy icon to summarize.
The people shown in the exhibition were modern people of extraction time between new and old. Women, who worked for women’s suffrage, teachers, miners, landlords and servants. Down at the stables and the farm we could see photos of “modern people” – a conflicted exhibit on goods, the community and the late 1800s in Sweden.
Many believe that Strindberg was a woman hater.
Yet, he perhaps found that the gender equality only is something for the privileged. He suggested, at the other hand, that the matter would be compared with the farmer and his wife for instance, who did really divide the work among themselves. Nothing wrong with that – I would add…
One of his quotes (in photos above) says: What is marriage? A financial institution whereby the man is forced to work for the woman, whose slave he has become…
Oh well… He was married three times. It could be hatred… or it could be love but his words were just the result of his own experiences and own tragedies. At the age of thirteen he lost his mother, he met the taste of povery already as very young man, he even tried to take his life. He failed. Thank goodness for that.