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    Jun 27, 2017

Still Life: Karin Broos, Exhibition of Contemplative New Paintings


Still Life: Karin Broos, Features Contemplative New Paintings

by Acclaimed Swedish Artist, at the American Swedish Institute

Meet the Artist at First Look Preview Party, July 14.

Exhibition runs July 15 - October 29, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Still Life: Karin Broos is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Karin Broos, one of the most acclaimed artists working in Sweden today. She is known for her contemplative, photorealistic depictions of women, often wistful and intense paintings of her daughters and grandchildren, set amidst the lakes and forests of her home in Värmland.  Karin Broos and her daughter, filmmaker Sara Broos, will be special guests during the Friday, July 14, First Look—Karin Broos Preview Party. The exhibition is on view at the American Swedish Institute’s Osher Gallery and Turnblad Mansion, July 15 – October 29, 2017. The ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis.  For more details, visit or call 612-871-4907.

The Still Life: Karin Broos exhibition encompasses about 55 paintings, a new body of work created since 2011, with many pieces being shown publicly for the first time. Broos, born in 1950, draws from her early devotion to abstract painting to capture everyday environments that seem frozen in time. The frame of reference is unique to the relationship between the artist and her subjects, often women poised on boundaries—water, curtains, train windows or mirrors.  With a photorealistic clarity similar to artists like Gerhard Richter, she also emphasizes unique qualities that distinguish painting from photography. Her work is reminiscent of Scandinavian painting traditions, referencing Anders Zorn, for example, yet drawing emotional comparisons to the work of Johannes Vermeer or Edward Hopper. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the art museum Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm, Sweden.

Bruce Karstadt,  ASI President/CEO, commented, “We are privileged to host Still Life: Karin Broos, as the American Swedish Institute continues its 2017 Migration, Identity and Belonging programming. Her work raises questions about individual identity and what it means to belong. We welcome the artist and the exhibition as an opportunity to spark positive and meaningful dialogue about today’s local and global community.”

Artist Bio:  Karin Broos has lived and worked as an artist in Värmland, Sweden since 1975, where she and her husband Marc Broos run the Alma Löv Museum. She was educated at the Royal Academy of Art in s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands and had her breakthrough in connection with an exhibition at Sweden’s Kristinehamn Art Museum in 2008, followed by exhibitions at the Boras Art Museum, Christian Larsen Gallery and Sven Harrys Art Museum (the latter two in Stockholm). Broos is represented by the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Public Art, Ystad Art Museum, the Eksjö Museum, and the New Museum.

Related Programming:

Friday, July 14

First Look – Still Life: Karin Broos, Exhibition Preview Party

7 –10 p.m., $15 ASI members / $20 non-members

First Look highlights special guests including artist Karin Broos, her daughter/filmmaker Sara Broos, Minneapolis-based Lakhóta artist Dakota Hoska and Karin Sidén, director of Sweden’s Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde Museum, in conversation about women and art. Gallery encounters with the artist, music from local folk duo Crow Call and interactive activities led by the artist collective Conspiracy of Strange Girls, will follow. Crafted cocktails and curated appetizers are available from the award-winning FIKA Café.

Saturday, July 15

Exclusive Exhibition Tours with Artist Karin Broos

Two tours: 11 – noon. and 3 – 4 p.m.

$10 ASI members / $15 Non-members (16 people per tour)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to tour the Still Life exhibition with featured artist/painter Karin Broos, during her visit to Minneapolis for the opening of her exhibition.  Hear her perspective about the subjects, inspiration, techniques and narratives that shape her work.  

Saturday, July 15

Film Screenings of Sara Broos’ Reflections and Homeland, 6:30 p.m.

Followed by Commentary with the Filmmaker/Director

Award-winning filmmaker Sara Broos visits ASI to screen and discuss two of her films. Reflections is a poetic and personal journey about Sara’s relationship with her mother, painter Karin Broos, and their seaside trip to Latvia. Homeland depicts a Syrian refugee woman who finds that the music of the Norwegian pop band A-ahas, becomes her link between past and the present. Co-presented with the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society.  *Suggested for mature audiences, some images may be disturbing.

Curator-Led Cocktail Tour Series:  Still Life: Karin Broos

Tuesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. — July 25, August 22, September 19 and October 24

$50/members $55/non-members (26 people per tour)

Tour the Still Life: Karin Broos exhibition with long-time ASI curator, Curt Pederson — complete with a crafted cocktail and light bites from the award-winning FIKA Café.  Learn more about Broos' techniques, the symbolism in her art and Broos’ stature as an artist in Sweden.

Related activities will continue throughout the exhibitions. For more information, visit or call 612-871-4907.

Other ASI 2017 Exhibitions

A to Zåäö: Exploring ASI’s Collection - An Artist Residency

July 14-August 6, 2017

Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson, a St. Paul-based mother and son creative team, will illustrate a series of 29 objects from ASI’s historic collection, each representing a letter from the Swedish alphabet. The objects were selected with help from ASI visitors who voted for their favorite objects. Sweeney’s lush watercolors create glowing portraits of objects enhanced with Christopherson’s mischievous little ink narrative characters. Sweeney is an award-winning book illustrator/designer who is Associate Professor and Art Department Chair at Augsburg College. Christopherson is an illustrator, wood engraver, printmaker and charter school teacher.

Tilling the Past - Photographs by Hilma Ljung

July 15-October 20, 2017

Hilma Ljung lived on a farm near the small town of Svalöv in Skåne, Sweden. From 1908-1922, she used a 4 x 5 view camera to beautifully photograph her family, children playing and people in the surrounding farm land. Ljung’s images chronicle everyday activity with a deep and genuine passion, and offer a refreshing feminine perspective. San Francisco photographer Henrik Paul used the glass plate negatives to develop the small-scale contemporary prints featured in this exhibition.

Cows Can Dream – an Exhibition/Installation in ASI’s Youth & Family Gallery

Through October 29

ASI’s Youth & Family Gallery in the Turnblad Mansion has become an imaginative environment inspired by Cows Can Dream, a children's book with illustrations by Swedish visual artist Maria Bajt and text by Jason Diakité (aka Swedish rap star Timbuktu). The book, on sale at the ASI Museum Store, and exhibition are an experiment in words encouraging discovery of creativity and art.

THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE is a museum and cultural center that is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  The ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, 55418.  The Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” For more information, visit or call 612-871-4907.

ASI MUSEUM HOURS:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday.

Museum Admission: $10 adults, $7 ages 62 +, $5  ages 6–18 and full-time students with ID. Free for ASI members and kids ages 5 and under.                             

FIKA, ASI’s award winning café, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.  Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The ASI MUSEUM STORE is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. –5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. –8 p.m.  Sunday,  Noon-5 p.m.


The exhibit is organized by the Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm,  awarded the Museum of Year designation by the Swedish Museum Association. The exhibition project is presented with support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Karin Larson. Minnesota artist activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota. Special thanks to ASI contributing members and donors, whose contributions help make our programs, exhibitions and community work possible. Hospitality Sponsors include Delta Air Lines and Hotel Ivy. Thanks to Media Sponsor, Minnesota Women’s Press.

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