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Inside the Vault: Artwork from the St. Olaf College Collection by Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artists


  • Norway House 913 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

The Flaten Art Museum Collection at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota houses over 4,000 works of art, and Norway House Galleri director, Max Stevenson '12 has cracked open the vaults to showcase some of the collection's most prized pieces by Norwegian and Norwegian-American artists. This exhibit marks the first time in the liberal arts college's 144-year history that an exhibit devoted to the collection has been curated off campus. Norway House is proud to celebrate the collection's wide span of breathtaking landscapes and natural art, imaginative illustrations and sculpture, and other important contributions to the canon of Norwegian and Norwegian-American art history. 

Inside the Vault captures the range of Modernist, Romantic, and Contemporary Norwegian works--arguably, the beating heart of Norwegian art history. Stevenson draws instinctively from this vein to compose an evocative and reminiscent exhibition on the themes of landscape, folklore, and human connections to nature. 

Featured Artists

Carl Nesjar - Norwegian painter, sculptor, and graphic artist most known for sculpting in collaboration with Pablo Picasso.

Herbjørn Gausta - Norwegian artist who lived much of his life in Harmony, MN and Decorah, IA as a landscape, portrait, and alter painter. 

Erik Werenskjold - Norwegian illustrator known for bringing to life Asbjørnson & Moe's fairytales and Sturlason's Heimskringla. Erik's son, acclaimed sculptor and illustrator Dagfin Werenskjold is also featured in the exhibit.

Thank You!

A special thanks to Jane Becker Nelson (Director) and Mona Weselmann (Art Museum Collections Specialist) of Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College for their assistance and support of this exhibit. Also, to Norway House interns, Rachel Olson and Emily Linder for their assistance with research, marketing, and installing this exhibit. Thank you!

To learn more about the St. Olaf Flaten Art Museum and their collection visit Flaten Art Museum

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Edvard Grieg's 175th Birthday Party!
Later Event: July 11
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