A portrait of the Swedish artist Julia Beck by Richard Bergh.

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Art spotlight: '150 Years of Swedish Art'

  • Article by: MARY ABBE
  • Star Tribune
  • September 8, 2012 - 4:55 PM


Opening Monday: In honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Gustavus Adolphus College, Sweden's two leading art museums, the National Museum and the Moderna Museet, have loaned the Swedish-heritage school 44 paintings that survey the homeland's art from 1862 to today. Highlights include spectacular 19th-century vistas of summery meadows, snow-clad forests and turbulent rivers; ghost-filled mists swirling through dark dales; a dramatic re-enactment of the death of King Gustav II, the college's namesake, and modernist works by a host of 20th-century artists. Designed to introduce Americans to lesser-known Swedish talents, the show offers an array of national treasures, including paintings by Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, the playwright August Strindberg and the French post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin. (Opens Monday. Ends Dec. 2. Free. Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Av., St. Peter, Minn. 1-507-933-7171 or


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