Flowers & Monsters:
Hand-carved Furniture by Karl von Rydingsvärd
On view through December 31, 2016
The American Swedish Historical Museum is excited to present our current special exhibition, Flowers & Monsters: Hand-carved furniture by Karl von Rydingsvärd, featuring stunning wood furniture from the early 20th century. This beautiful collection is not only a great example of the era’s Arts and Crafts movement, but also highlights this Swedish-born craftsman’s attention to aesthetic detail and functionality.
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.