Special Exhibit

Crystal Art from Master Craftsmen Mats Jonasson and Ludvig Löfgren

Thursday, June 23 – 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.


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.


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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