Special Exhibit


Friday, April 1 – Sunday, June 19

Exhibit Opening, Friday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skål! Aquavit Tasting, Friday, April 1, 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Walk, Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m.
Start with Art, Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night, Friday, April 29, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
“City of Big Drinkers” Lecture followed by a Sip and See at Simon’s Tavern, Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m.
Skål! Beer Tasting, Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Exhibit Closing, Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m.

About the Exhibit:

Skal-Logotype-ColorDenmark, Norway and Sweden share a “spirited” tradition of enjoying beer and aquavit–sometimes together, sometimes separately. This exhibition explores the cultural history of these beverages, follows those drinking traditions to Scandinavian-American communities, and answers questions like “What is aquavit, anyway?” and “How do you ‘skål’ correctly?” Fun, informative, and engaging, this exhibition is curated by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa.

Please note that the gallery that features the above special exhibit may be closed for events. If you are making a special trip to the Swedish American Museum to view this exhibit, please call ahead to confirm that the gallery will be open during the time of your visit.

Coming Gallery Exhibits:

“Crystal Art from Master Craftsmen Mats Jonasson and Ludvig Löfgren,”
Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, Sept. 18

68098 Peacock 1The first glassworks in Målerås, Sweden was founded in 1890. Now 125 years later, the same company continues to produce handmade Swedish crystal sculptures featuring wildlife, florals, Swedish icons and more. This exhibit will feature works by two of the principal artists from Målerås Glasbruk—owner Mats Jonasson and designer Ludvig Löfgren.


Special Second Floor Exhibit:

“Songs of the Sea/Havets Sånger” by Lana Stephens and Simon Petersson
Saturday, June 4 to September (closing date TBD)

Songs of the Sea ExhibitSongs of the Sea is a collaborative, multimedia exhibition combining visual art and music. Opera singer and composer Simon Petersson of Sweden and visual artist Lana Stephens of Virginia met while working abroad in Florence, Italy and this exhibit is the result of their chance meeting on their way to an opera festival. Originally debuted at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, each work of visual art produced by Stephens is accompanied by one of ten classical songs composed by Petersson in his native Swedish. Stephen’s drawings were born of the the landscape of southern Sweden and Petersson composed the accompanying songs as part of a musical story of lost love and inescapable tragedy inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe poem “Annabel Lee.” Visitors will be able to view the artwork and listen to each piece in the intimate setting of our second-floor exhibit space.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Swedish Council of America




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