Karin Larsson: Let the Hand be Seen

Friday, August 2, 2024
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission for 2 — This booking provides two people with admission to the American Swedish Institute.

Event Details:

Karin Larsson: Let the Hand be Seen

Explore the colorful work and legacy of Karin Larsson a trendsetting artist, designer, and style icon ahead of her time in a special exhibition at the American Swedish Institute from Carl Larsson-gården.

Karin Bergöö Larsson (1859-1928) was a groundbreaking artist whose approach to textiles and design ushered in a new era of interior design and established the iconic Swedish style that continues to inspire contemporary artists worldwide. The floral motifs, vivid colors, and charming simplicity of her style remain heavily influential nearly a century after her death, inspiring both independent makers and major brands like IKEA.

Many of Karin's works were forever captured in husband Carl Larsson's iconic paintings of Swedish life. It was Karin who designed and created Lilla Hyttnäs, the Larsson's home just outside of Falun in Sundborn, Sweden, which was so often the subject of Carl's paintings. From the bold interiors to the modern textiles and rustic furniture, Karin's hand can be seen across many of Carl's works, which have become some of Sweden's most famous paintings. The home continues to inspire and is open to the public as Carl Larsson-gården.

This exhibition presents Karin Larsson as an artist, designer, dressmaker, and style icon through her art and textiles. Visitors to ASI will have a chance to explore the impressive depth of Karin's work, with detailed reproductions of her unique textiles, photographs and excerpts of Karin and Carl's life, and stories and experiences offering a look at the wider Larsson family.

Karin's work will be joined by two original paintings by Carl Larsson from ASI's Collections, including Esbjörn som Tänkare, or Esbjörn as a Thinker, which was recently donated to ASI by Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Carlson Holdings, and which will make its first appearance at ASI as part of this exhibition. The painting offers a glimpse into the Larsson home and garden.

Also on view:

Christine Novotny

Explore the work of Minnesota-based handweaver, educator, and designer, Christine Novotny. Working in a similar spirit to that of Karin Larsson, Christine seeks to bring an energy to handweaving that invites people to reconsider the textiles in their life, and to evolve the practice of handweaving through contemporary handwoven goods and craft education.

Nature Story Family Gallery Experience

Don?t miss the new play-based Family Gallery exhibition designed in collaboration with Swedish artist Stina Folkebrant and local Minneapolis students. 

Exhibition Supporters

Karin Larsson: Let the Hand Be Seen is hosted by the American Swedish Institute with support from ASI's members and donors. The exhibition's media partner is the Star Tribune. Minnesota artist activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Hours of Operation:
Museum (Turnblad Mansion & Osher Gallery) and Museum Store:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

**ASI is free after 3 pm every Thursday
FIKA Café:
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10 am - 3 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Lunch Service: 11 am - 3 pm
Counter Service: 10 am - 4 pm, The Counter will offer the beverage menu during non-serving hours.

The Museum, Cafe, and Store are closed New Years Day, 4th of July, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26.

Parking Information:
Free parking is available in our surface parking lot, located at 27th Street and Park Avenue. Accessible parking is available on the northeast side of the parking lot. Free street parking is readily available on Park Avenue, Portland Avenue and 27th Street.

Accessibility Information:
ASI offers accessible parking, restrooms, listening amplification, and elevator service. Manual wheelchairs are available on request. Sign language interpreters can be arranged with notice and certified service animals are welcome. For more information, call 612-871-4907.

Organization Details:

Nearly 90 years ago, a new immigrant to Minnesota had a vision to create a vibrant cultural gathering place. Established in 1929, ASI has evolved into a dynamic arts and cultural center that welcomes all people to gather and share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment, and the arts; informed by enduring links to Sweden. From the gallery spaces, featuring local and international exhibitions, to the lively programming set in the historic Turnblad Mansion, to the shop, and award winning restaurant and café – there are many ways to see yourself at ASI and be part of this story.

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Offer: Admission for 2 — This booking provides two people with admission to the American Swedish Institute.

Date/Time: Friday, August 2, 2024 10:00 am

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