American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts & cultural center and museum. The historic Turnblad Mansion first became home to the organization in 1929. The new Nelson Cultural Center addition opened in June 2012 and added a welcoming reception area, café, gallery, event center, studio craft classroom, terrace, courtyard, and new Museum Shop space.
In 1908, the Turnblads—a Swedish immigrant family—completed the construction of their castle-like mansion on Minneapolis’ Park Avenue. Just twenty-one years later, they gave it all away to the community, founding the organization that would become the American Swedish Institute.
Visitors can tour the Turnblad Mansion, enjoy exhibitions in the Mansion and Osher Gallery, experience contemporary Swedish and Nordic culture alongside Minneapolis history, find unique Nordic designed products in the Museum Shop, dine at FIKA, and share stories and experiences.
Today at ASI
|Fri, May 24th, 2013|
|Shop||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Cafe||8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.|
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The indigenous Sámi people of far northern Europe are explored and revealed through their own artwork and artifacts, and photographs of their traditionally nomadic lifestyle. This exhibit from Jokkmokk, Sweden, is augmented by the art photography of Danish-American Birgitte Aarestrup, and prints by famed Minneapolis artist Kurt Seaberg.
From Sweden’s Post Futuristic Society comes an exhibition that is equal parts contemporary art installation, memory wall, and kitsch overload. 1,200 sapling slices painted and decoupaged with pastoral scenes from Sweden and beyond are the collection of Borghild Håkansson and Staffan Backlund, Swedish artists and curators who present these items to provoke exploration of the question, “What is art?”
No special events are scheduled for today.