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The Watercolor Worlds of Lars Lerin

Jan 23, 2016 to May 22, 2016

In this solo exhibition of contemporary Swedish watercolor master Lars Lerin (b. 1954), 40+ large-scale, monumental works (194 original watercolors assembled together) – depict both natural and social environments - that span place and time with a strong Nordic temperament. 

Lerin’s watercolors, with their masterly play of light, affect us almost like an invocation. His images stick in our memory despite their not displaying any oddities. Our gaze wanders across the details – house facades, trunks of birch trees, patches of snow, abandoned farms and industrial towns. His pictures range from the chill of the Lofoten islands to the heat of India, from the forests of his childhood in Sweden’s Värmland province to unexplored stretches of Iran. Near and far, nature and culture, brought together in one place.

Widely celebrated in Nordic art world, Watercolor Worlds is Lerin’s first North American exhibition in more than 30 years. The works are displayed in ASI’s contemporary Osher Gallery and throughout the historic Turnblad Mansion Galleries. 

At Swedish Institute, watercolorist is a big deal... and so is his work  Marianne Combs, MPR News
New watercolors by art star Lars Lerin showcased at American Swedish Institute — Mary Abbe, Star Tribune




This exhibition project is curated by Bera Nordal, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet (Nordic Watercolor Museum) and presented with support from the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, American Scandinavian Foundation, Joe Hognander and ASI contributing members and donors.  

This 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.



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