special exhibitoons



Above Illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman, Courtesy of Saltkråkan AB.




Jessie Titley 2013



Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? on view through February 16, 2015

When a red-haired, horse-lifting, freckle-faced, nine-year-old girl jumped exuberantly from the pages of Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Långstrump) in 1945, she quickly made her way into the hearts of children and adults throughout Sweden. Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), Pippi’s creator, once said that she wrote for her own inner child, which perhaps speaks to Pippi’s success.

With her special brand of exuberance, it was not long before Pippi Longstocking was captivating readers of all ages with her adventurous nature, generous spirit, and self-assured independence. Pippi became a symbol of freedom, especially in post-WWII Europe, which was then emerging from the crushing influence of authoritarian Germany. Now, translated into over ninety languages—from Afrikaans to Yiddish—Astrid’s Pippi has inspired the young and the young-at-heart worldwide.

This original ASHM exhibition engages visitors with Lindgren’s delightful sense of humor and love of play. Life-sized tableaus of Ingrid Vang Nyman’s lively and timeless depictions of Pippi’s world will set the scene for creative play. Kids will have the opportunity to go inside Pippi’s home, Villa Villekulla, and experiment with one of Pippi’s favorite activities: cooking in her kitchen. You can also test your strength by lifting Pippi’s horse, explore “Thing-Finding” in Pippi’s cabinet of treasures, and scrub-a-dub-dub the floor with sponges on your shoes. Visitors will also discover how Astrid Lindgren influenced Swedish attitudes toward childhood; what childhood in Sweden looks like today; and how Pippi may, or may not, embody Swedishness.

This exhibition is made possible by generous gifts from Ulla Dagert and Paul Muther, IKEA, SWEA Philadelphia, Kuehlthau Family Foundation, SWEA New Jersey, Swedish Council of America, Marianne Baeckstrom, Evert Christensen, Jr., and an anonymous contributor.

We are also grateful for the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, George C. and Esther Ann McFarland Foundation, Auxiliary, Midsommarklubben.

Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


Digital Pippi, Works by Jessie Titley

Many thanks to artist, Jessie Titley, whose digital artwork about Pippi Longstocking will be featured in the Kalm Seaborg gallery and in the exhibition Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? (March 23, 2014-February 16, 2015).

Born in 1992 in Luyksgestel, Netherlands, Jessie grew up surrounded by creative people. As a tiny toddler she was always drawing and painting; the walls were never safe from her crayons! Nowadays, crayons and walls have been mostly replaced by digital painting, but she still loves working traditionally. In 2013, Jessie graduated from SintLucas college where she studied  Game Art. After graduating, she continued studying Game Art at HKU University of the Arts.

She currently lives and studies in Hilversum, the center of television, radio, game design and other media in the Netherlands. She has illustrated for video games, a children’s drawing book, private portraits, and other educational purposes. Jessie would like thank Astrid Lindgren for creating this wonderfull character, who will always be her childhood hero.









Also currently showing



Fact and Fiction: Getting to Know Sweden's Authors

In a small exhibition located in the Kalm-Seaborg Gallery on the second floor, ASHM examines Swedish authors whose works have leaped across culture lines to impact the American literary landscape.  From Carl Linnaeus’s writings about scientific taxonomy in the 1700s to the socio-political themes explored by crime novelist Stieg Larsson in the 21st century, this “mini” exhibit features objects and images that illuminate the life and times of some of Sweden’s best-known authors.

A Common Thread: Tradition and Trend in Swedish Textiles

Whether they are created for function or fashion, Swedish textiles are well-crafted, colorful, and full of detail. A Common Thread uses the museum’s collection to explore the themes of technique, style and material employed to create Swedish clothes, weavings, embroidery, and other handiwork. The exhibition looks at the ways in which Swedish textiles communicate class, gender, cultural identity and social trends. Highlights from the collection include examples of Saami outerwear, Swedish provincial costumes, household linens, decorative wall hangings, tools and modern examples of Swedish style. A hands-on table with wool, linen, silk, leather and fur, is available for visitors to handle and explore textile materials on their own.

Sven Birger Sandzen

Sven Birger Sandzén is the featured artists on the balcony level. Sandzén was born in Blidsberg, Sweden, in 1871 and studied art in Skara, Stockholm. He moved to the United States as a young man and enjoyed a long, distinguished career as an art professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. On view is a selection of Sandzén’s wood block prints, drypoints, oil paintings, watercolors, and hand-made greeting cards from the ASHM collection. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America, on view April 12-August 23, 2015

Get your motors running! Indian Nation presents the Indian motorcycle as both an aesthetic object and as American material culture. The exhibition features vintage Indian motorcycles, engines, artwork, and a selection of owners’ private memorabilia. Visitors will learn about the company’s Swedish-American co-founder, Carl Oscar Hedstrom—who is a major figure in the creation of motorcycling as we know it today—and explore the Indian Motorcycling Company’s response to the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and post-war American culture.


Past Exhibitions

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