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101 Bowls

Jan 20, 2018 to Apr 08, 2018

101 Bowls

Presented as part of the CraftBOWL exhibition during the American Swedish Institute's 2018 year of The Handmade

Saturday, January 20 - Sunday, April 8, 2018

Read this recent article about 101 Bowls and CraftBOWL by Lee Dean of the Star Tribune.

ASI’s CraftBOWL is a multi-part exhibition exploring vessel design and examining the work and careers of three Swedish masters in their respective crafts and the global movements they have inspired. It also includes 101 Bowls, an eclectic display of creativity, and Bowls for Open Arms, a non-profit benefit display.

101 Bowls is an ambitious, wildly creative and one-of-a-kind collage of local and international handmade vessels that showcase the work of more than 101 different artists and organizations that ASI intersects with.  It includes works in many mediums, and many organizations and institutions, including vessels that represent the work of The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies - Hemslöjden, the Nobel Museum, American Craft Council and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, for example.

The installation attempts to showcase ASI's connection with the far-ranging Nordic and other networks that foster and propagate handmade diversity.  

101 Bowls from local, regional, national and internationally based artists and organizations come together in this installation in the Osher Gallery at the American Swedish Institute.  Each bowl represents its maker's commitment to a deeper understanding of the form and use of bowls. Each bowl has a story and an explanation of its significance to the makers and the world of handcraft. Full of personal meaning, they are symbols of tradition and innovation, loss and celebration, nature and human influence.

There are four sections exploring ASI's enduring links to the Nordic region, leadership in the arts and cultural community, stewardship of heritage and promotion of craftmanship.

The sections of bowls represented are:

  • Nordic + Sweden: vessels that represent ongoing ties to Sweden and the Nordic region.
  • Art + Culture + Community: reflecting the dynamic arts and cultural scene of Minnesota and the region.
  • Craft + Maker: represents artists and organizations that ASI is connected to.
  • Culture + Heritage:  representing the efforts that ensure the continuity of Scandinavian cultural identity and heritage.

The Handmade

In 2018, the American Swedish Institute will produce a suite of exhibitions and educational programs focusing on the theme The Handmade. Exploring timely issues related to the handmade form and bringing together local and international craftspeople, The Handmade will examine the continuity of the tradition —the influences of the old world on the new, traditional connections to contemporary practice and intersections between identity and heritage. The exhibition opens a window on the Swedish society’s respect for and intimate understanding of the handmade.

Ticket Info

All admission requires advanced registration.
Admission is free for members, but registration still required.
Admission & Registration

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