Special Exhibits

Main Gallery

The Master of Ancient Nordic 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.
Art Talk by Curt Aspelin, Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.
Exhibit Closing, Sunday, Sept. 22, 5 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

Documenting 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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