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“OUTSIDE THE LINES: A HISTORY OF SWEDISH COMICS” Exhibit Opening
March 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Exhibit Opening, Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Start with Art, Friday, April 27, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night, Friday, April 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Exhibit Closing, Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m.
Sweden has a colorful history of sequential art, cartooning, and graphic novels. Using comic historian Fredrik Strömberg’s seminal work ‘Swedish Comics History’ as a guide, the Swedish American Museum will present a sequential history of comic art development in Sweden, from early cave drawings to today’s web comic culture. We will highlight cultural “pit stops” that elucidate Swedish societal and political trends, showing how the genre helped shape, and was artistically influenced by, these trends and events.
The exhibit highlights the cross-pollination of artistic expression in Sweden and the US, including shared characters, magazines and movements. Ranging from Mad magazine and underground comics, to Kalle Anka and Fantomen. The exhibit will feature artwork from first- and second-generation American immigrant artists, reflecting their personal experiences and insights regarding contemporary immigration issues.