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Past Exhibitions


Past Exhibitions

May 11, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019

Experience one of the 20th century's most iconic nightclubs—Studio 54—through the eyes of acclaimed Swedish photographer Hasse Persson. Studio 54 & Beyond showcases cutting-edge photographic techniques and unfettered access to the internatinal disco legend. The show also features Persson's photos of politics and popular culture in the US between 1967–1990.

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Apr 20, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019

Meet the world's strongest bear, who also happens to be the world's kindest bear—Bamse! Creation of children's comic artist Rune Andreasson, Sweden's most popular bear debuted in 1966 as both a television cartoon and newspaper strip.

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Mar 18, 2019 - May 08, 2019

This is the American premiere of renowned chef Magnus Nilsson’s traveling exhibition, featuring photographs, stories, and recipes. The exhibition highlights unique Nordic ingredients and examines the rich culinary history and cooking techniques of the Nordic countries.

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Nov 30, 2018 - Mar 31, 2019

A visual conversation, EyeSound is a correspondence in images and words between Danish visual artists Iben West and Else Ploug Isaksen and four Icelandic authors.

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Oct 20, 2018 - Apr 28, 2019

Based on the latest research conducted on both historic and recent discoveries of Viking-era artifacts by Uppsala University in Sweden, The Vikings Begin tells the story of the Vikings of early Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway).

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Aug 17, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018

The joint project of three women, Fintiaanit chronicles an intense three-year journey in North America, documenting the descendants of Finnish immigrants and Native Americans in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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Jul 28, 2018 - Nov 05, 2018

This retrospective highlights the artist’s substantial body of work and includes graphic art, ceramics, theater sets and costumes, ceramics, tapestries, jigsaw puzzles, tiles, and textiles gathered from the Museum of Danish America, The Blue House in Denmark, and private collectors. 

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May 05, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018

A survey of contemporary arts from Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and the autonomous regions of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland. May 5 – Sept. 16, 2018.

  

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May 05, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018

A biographical narrative of the Norwegian explorer and humanitarian, Fridtjof Nansen studies a purposeful life of scientific learning and exploration, political travails, and humanitarian devotion. May 5 – Aug. 5, 2018.

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Apr 07, 2018 - Sep 03, 2018

Photos and scholarly text explain in detail how Roald Amundsen spent his youth preparing for a life in the polar regions, his first meeting with the Antarctic, the three years he spent with the Inuit in the Arctic region, and the historic Race for the South Pole from 1910 to 1912.  

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Mar 10, 2018 - Jul 09, 2018

Founded in 1951 by visionary designer Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo, Marimekko not only sparked an international revolution in post-WWII pattern and textile production, but also inspired a new philosophy based on the power of design in everyday life.

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Sep 07, 2017 - Sep 09, 2017

Seattle-area artist Susan Ringstad Emery, of Iñupiat and Scandinavian descent, explores the duality of her family heritage through contemporary native artworks, which range from cave-art-inspired mixed-media works on panel to painting to graphite on paper.

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Jan 08, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016

Flora Metamorphicae is an evolving artistic collaboration in which masses of ceramic flowers interact with the surrounding environment, exploring the complex relationship between nature and culture.

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Dec 11, 2015 - Feb 28, 2016

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden share a “spirited” tradition of enjoying beer and aquavit. This exhibition explores the cultural history of these beverages.

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Dec 02, 2015 - Feb 26, 2016

A Norwegian engineer and photographer, Wilse photographed the unprecedented growth and change in Seattle’s history from 1892 – 1900.

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Aug 12, 2015 - Nov 06, 2016

On assignment from Nordic House in Reykjavik, the artist duo Cooper & Gorfer explore the driving forces of creativity behind the fashion of the Western Nordic region: Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.

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May 20, 2015 - Jul 24, 2016

The Stockholm-based photographer’s first major museum exhibition on the West Coast features sixteen of her richly colored, large-format photographs.

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Apr 29, 2015 - Jul 10, 2016

This exhibition examines the long-standing partnerships established between Norwegian and US explorers of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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Jan 13, 2015 - Apr 02, 2016

Nordic Heritage Museum presents Swedish Crime Scenes, a banner exhibition curated and designed by the Swedish Institute in Paris, which “presents 21 Swedish crime fiction authors from a perspective that both gives the audience a good idea of Swedish crime fiction but also effectively presents Swedish geography and landscape.”

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Nov 17, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Finland: Designed Environments looks at the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last fifteen years.

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Oct 17, 2014 - Aug 28, 2015

A son of Finnish and Swedish immigrants, the Chicago-born commercial artist and painter Warner Sallman (1892 – 1968) has been cited by the New York Times as one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century.

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Aug 08, 2014 - May 14, 2015

Dual Exposures by Diana Velasco explores two bodies of work: the "Portraits" series and the "Family Album" feature.

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Jul 28, 2014 - Apr 29, 2015

Scandinavian immigrants to North American brought with them the core values of their home countries, including a deep appreciation for education.

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May 28, 2014 - Dec 29, 2015

The Dream of America is the story of immigration told in an exhibit of lifelike dioramas.

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May 28, 2014 - Jul 15, 2015

The Promise of the Northwest includes two galleries that focus on the logging and fishing industries, which employed many immigrants who brought skills learned in the old country.

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Apr 28, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015

Bohemian, entertainer, radio and television personality, restaurateur, entrepreneur — Ivar Haglund was a beloved Seattle personality and regional cultural icon.

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Feb 28, 2014 - May 29, 2015

The third-floor exhibitions illustrate the differences and common bonds among the Nordic peoples. There is one gallery for each of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

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Jan 28, 2014 - Apr 24, 2015

A story of rescue and resistance

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Jan 28, 2014 - Jan 29, 2015

The Nordic Heritage Teen Council presents “Boxing up the Past, Packing for the Future.”

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