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Feb 29, 2020 to Jul 05, 2020

The American Swedish Institute. At Play

First Look Preview Party on Friday, February 28

Discover never-before-displayed artifacts from the American Swedish Institute's collection and the untold stories that make them truly extraordinary in this playful new exhibition at ASI.  Draw on the walls of the museum, discover a 20-foot-tall Dala horse, and so much more as you explore the many rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion – including some that will be open to the public for the first time in decades.

What makes that teacup so special? Why is that model ship in a museum? In extra/ordinary, the object is on display, but its story is the star of the show. Visitors of all ages will see artifacts from ASI’s permanent collection paired with the original art they inspired for the new picture book A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute (University of Minnesota Press). In extra/ordinary, the curious cast of characters from A to Zåäö become the storytellers, inviting visitors to discover the meaning and significance behind each object through experiences both familiar and unexpected.

In celebration of its 90th anniversary in 2020, ASI has created this exhibition to uplift its history and its community while inviting visitors to experience the museum in new and different ways. Join us as the familiar comes alive, reimagined.

Click here for more information about A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute, by local artists and mother-son team Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson.

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Free for members.
Admission info for non-members.

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extra/ordinary is produced by the American Swedish Institute. Lead support provided by IKEA. Major support provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, Leslie Nelson, Lisa Paulson, Mike and Barb Nelson, Joanne Reisberg, Chris and Chick Lane, Laurie Jacobi and Cotty Lowry, Willow Hagens, and ASI’s members and donors. ASI’s hotel partner is the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The exhibition’s media partner is the Star Tribune.

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