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An Artist in Her Own Right: A New Exhibition at ASI this June

Karin Larsson: Let the Hand be Seen, a special exhibition from Carl Larsson-gården, on view from June 8 – October 27
March 21, 2024 By Darby Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS—The American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center presents Karin Larsson: Let the Hand be Seen, a special exhibition from Carl Larsson-gården. On view from June 8 – October 27, this exhibition highlights the lasting impact Karin’s work has made on design and textiles, bringing attention to her individualistic approach to artistry and her legacy.    

Karin Bergöö Larsson (1859–1928) is defined by her colorful and captivating artistry, leaving behind a world of inspiration that is still drawn upon today. Through a lens of curiosity, creativity, and innovation, Karin, alongside her husband Carl Larsson, crafted the beloved Larsson family home, Lilla Hyttnäs, now immortalized as the Carl Larsson-gården museum in Sundborn, Sweden.

While Carl’s paintings immortalized their home and life, it was Karin’s creative prowess and artistic taste that underpinned their joint success. Together, they created motifs that defined the romanticized image of Sweden and Swedish design. 

“It was Karin who created the world Carl depicted, from the bold interiors to the modern textiles and clothes worn by their children. We are thrilled to present this exhibition, where everyone can experience her creative prowess, artistic taste, and legacy to Swedish art and design,” shared Erin Stromgren, Exhibitions Manager at ASI. 

Through detailed reproductions of her unique textiles, accompanied by photographs and excerpts, guests will be immersed in Karin’s world that offers insight into the wider Larsson family. 

Presented alongside Karin Larsson’s work, the work of Minnesota-based handweaver, educator, and designer, Christine Novotny will be on view. Working in a similar spirit to that of Karin Larsson, Christine seeks to bring an energy to handweaving that invites people to reconsider the textiles in their life, and to evolve the practice of handweaving through contemporary handwoven goods and craft education. 

Join ASI for First Look: Karin Larsson: Let the Hand Be Seen, a special exhibition preview event on Sunday, June 9. Guests will enjoy a special artist discussion from the renowned Swedish textile artist, Helena Hernmarck, and a menu inspired by Karin Larsson’s cookbook curated by FIKA Café’s executive chef, Amalia Obermeier-Smith. 

A collaboration with the Weavers Guild of Minnesota brings the art of weaving to life inside the exhibition at ASI. This immersive activation offers visitors the unique opportunity to observe and participate in the intricate craft of weaving on select dates throughout the exhibition. 

Karin Larsson Digital Press Kit.