Special Exhibits

Main Gallery

Klärobskyr
Photography Exhibit by Ludvig Peres

Exhibit opens, Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.
Gallery Walk, Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m.
Start with Art, Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Exhibit closes, Sunday, June 23, 4 p.m.

Klärobskyr is the Swedish word for the Italian Renaissance style of painting chiaroscuro, which translates to a combination of the words light and dark. The Swedish word, however, translates to the combination of the words clear and obscure. I play with the meaning of these words, while at the same time giving a small glimpse into the big fascination Swedes seem to have with America and the American culture. Born in 1993 in Borlänge, Sweden, Ludvig Perés currently lives in Chicago where he is in his third year of photographic studies at Columbia College Chicago. In the fall of 2018 his work was featured in the exhibition “Fotografiska Talent 2018” at the Swedish Museum of Photography. Ludvig’s work explores the powerful relationships between shadow and light, specifically the metaphorical aspects that play upon our unconscious psyches.

The Master of Ancient Mythology
A Special Exhibition of Bengt Lindström’s Work

Exhibit Opening, Friday, June 28, 6 p.m.
Gallery Walk, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m.
Start with Art, Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Exhibit Closing, Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.

Swedish artist Bengt Lindström (1925-2008) became a world-renowned artist with his  signature style of painting portraits with thick, bold shades of green, red, blue, yellow, white, and black.  His work was influenced by the people of Lapland—the most northern part of Sweden—and he was deeply inspired by the ancient mysterious monsters and deities of Nordic mythology.  This special exhibition contains one-of-a-kind key pieces of Bengt Lindström’s mythological explorations. Lindström began his career as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1946, where he painted his first sketches, now part of this exhibit.  His art has been exhibited at museums throughout the world, and now it returns to the place where his journey began. For more information on Bengt Lindström and the exhibit click here.


Raoul Wallenberg Gallery

The Pull of the Sea
By Leon Lundmark

Exhibit opens, Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.
Gallery walk and Concert, Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m.
Exhibit closes, Sunday, June 30, 4 p.m.

The paintings of Leon Lundmark (1875-1942) capture the greatness of the sea by balancing the interaction between wind and gravity with the water’s surface. Like the waters he painted, Lundmark’s life was also a mix of tranquility and turbulence. After emigrating from Sweden to Illinois in the early 1900s, Lundmark nearly died in an accident that left him with lifelong health effects. His agent suggested this struggle to survive and thrive, along with his Scandinavian heritage, inspired his lifelong love of the sea. In a poem Lundmark wrote to a friend, he described the sea’s many moods, which are reflected in his paintings and help us see what continually pulled him back to the seashore.

Ducumenting Swedish America: 
a Setterdahl Family Tradition

Exhibit opening, Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m.
Exhibit closes, Sunday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m.

Driven by a relentless passion to record as much history about Swedish-Americans as possible, Lennart Setterdahl (1928-1995) and his family have made prolific contributions to our understanding of Swedish America and Swedish immigration.

When Lennart Setterdahl (1928-1995) first moved to America, he had no idea it would be a permanent move. Soon after, his wife Lilly and their young sons joined him. What followed was a lifetime consumed by a relentless drive to document as much of Swedish America as possible, both its people and organizations, in a race against time as the early generations of Swedish immigrants and their children quickly aged. Lennart Setterdahl produced an oral history archive of about 3,000 stories accompanied by over 20,000 photographs in his spare time between microfilming the records of thousands of Swedish-American churches and social organizations. Lilly Setterdahl has since published over 20 books about Swedish immigrants, many of which draw on the oral histories Lennart produced.

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