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First Look - Karin Broos

First Look - Still Life: Karin Broos Preview Party

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

First Look - Still Life: Karin Broos

An Exhibition Preview Party -

It's going to be a beautiful evening! Events will be held outdoors in the ASI's lovely Courtyard and throughout the Nelson Cultural Center and the Turnblad Mansion

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

$15 ASI Members / $20 Non-Members

Get a First Look at the Still Life: Karin Broos exhibition and meet the acclaimed Swedish contemporary artist Karin Broos and her daughter, filmmaker Sara Broos, in person during this special preview party.

Broos, making her U.S. debut with this exhibition at the American Swedish Institute, draws from her early experience with abstract painting to create contemplative and photo-realistic works, often inspired by an empathetic woman’s perspective. Her paintings depict wistful scenes of forests and lakes from around her home in Värmland, Sweden, and thoughtful portraits of her family including daughters and grandchildren. 

The exhibition encompasses about 55 paintings, representing new works created from 2011 to present, with many being shown publicly for the first time.  Seemingly everyday environments are frozen in time, creating a frame of reference unique to the relationship between the subject and the artist.

The ASI exhibition, organized by Stockholm's Prins Eugen's Waldemarsudde Art Museum with assistance by the Broos' Alma Löv Museum in Värmland, showcases about 55 paintings photo-realistic oil paintings by one of the most renowned artists working in Sweden today, with many works being shown publicly for the first time.  Broos will be available during the kick-off panel and in gallery conversations to talk about the inspiration behind her work and the contemplative, uniquely feminine world she depicts.

The evening’s festivities feature a discussion moderated by local arts journalist/critic Camille LeFevre with Karin Broos and ASI Lakhóta writer-in-residence Dakota Hoska about Women, Identity, Belonging and Art. 

Guests can also enjoy music from local folk duo Crow Call, and Americana/folk banjo and guitar ensemble


  • Capture Your Life – have your portrait sketched by Conspiracy of Strange Girls artists Lucie Biros and Edie Overturf | Grand Hall, Mansion, Floor 1
  • In-Gallery Still Life Stations  - we invite people to create their own art.
  • You Are Not Just One –Take home a special letter press print by artist Nicole Simpkins of Scylla and Circe Press and Conspiracy of Strange Girls | NCC Link, Floor 1
  • Shop at the ASI Museum Store to find Still Life exhibition catalogues, local artists’ goods and other Nordic treasures | NCC, Floor 1

The award-winning FIKA Café will be offering curated menu and beverages for purchase throughout the evening. 

  • Pear Salad with fennel, pickled onions, local greens, pumpkin seed, brie vinaigrette - $11
  • Salmon Rillette with flatbread, mustard seed, creme fraiche-$12
  • Open Face Speck Smorgas with almond butter, arugula, fresh figs, farm cheese - $13
  • Shortbread Sandwich Cookie with strawberry jam - $2

Related Activities:

Exclusive Gallery Tours with Artist Karin Broos

Join featured artist-painter Karin Broos, on the day her Still Life exhibition opens to the public, for a rare and exclusive gallery tour, offered at two separate times, to hear her talk about the subjects, inspiration, techniques and narratives that shape her work.Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 Non-Members, per tour.

Film Screening of Reflections and Homeland with Discussion by Filmmaker Sara Broos 

Award-winning filmmaker Sara Broos, visiting ASI for the exhibition opening, will screen and discuss two of her films: Reflections* is a poetic and personal journey about Sara’s relationship with her mother, painter Karin Bross, and their seaside trip to Latvia. Homeland depicts a Syrian refugee woman who finds that the music of the Norwegian pop band A-has, becomes her link between past and the present.

Co-presented with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. The filmmaker discussion will be moderated by their Director Susan Smoluchowski.

*Suggested for adult audiences. Some images may be disturbing.

$15 ASI Members / $20 Non-Members



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