The Embassy of Sweden Presents Swedish Footprints: Shaping the Future

By Editorial Team on March 19, 2018

Wed, 21 March 2018 - Sat, 21 April 2018

Karin Broos, Efter badet (After Swimming). Courtesy of The Embassy of Sweden.
RSVP Opening: Thursday, March 22 at 6:30pm RSVP HERE 
General Opening Date: Saturday, March 24 (Regular Gallery Hours—see below)

The Embassy of Sweden presents its 2018 theme for public diplomacy – Swedish Footprints: Shaping the Future – and launches new exhibitions at House of Sweden. Meet the Artists and Curators behind the new exhibitions for a preview before the Grand Opening Event starts.

With Swedish Footprints: Shaping The Future (#swedishfootprints) as the Embassy’s 2018 public diplomacy theme, external programming will draw attention to Sweden’s contributions to the strong economic, cultural, political, and interpersonal ties between Sweden and the United States. The Swedish Footprints theme creates a platform to highlight not only Sweden’s and the United States’ shared past, but also some of the most vibrant areas of cooperation between those countries today.

New exhibitions for display: Still Life by Karin Broos, The Creative Nation: Swedish Music and Innovation, A Never-Ending Whispering Conversation, and Bergman Moods – Costumes & Images.

The Embassy of Sweden also continues to celebrate the 2018 Bergman Centennial (#Bergman100) with two exhibits exploring Bergman’s legacy through material artifacts, costumes, and contemporary photography.

About the New Exhibitions

Photo courtesy of The Embassy of Sweden.

The Creative Nation: Swedish Music and Innovation (World Premiere)
Sweden has long been ranked as one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world, and today, Stockholm is second only to Silicon Valley in producing billion-dollar tech companies. This exhibit explores the history of Swedish inventions as well as contemporary innovators, profiling companies at the cutting edge of a wide range of industries.

The Creative Nation takes a special look at the music industry, highlighting the artists who have given Swedish pop its reputation for excellence as well as innovators in production, distribution, and hardware technology. You will even be able to use the weight of your own footprints to create a musical landscape.

With an eye to Sweden and the United States’ shared economic interests, The Creative Nation also provides an interactive exhibit on how many jobs are created in the United States by Swedish companies and exports of goods and services to Sweden.

This exhibition is made possible through collaboration with the Swedish Institute, the National Museum of Science and Technology in Sweden, Swedish Music Hall of Fame, the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts, STHLM Music City, and Håkan Lidbo Audio Industries.

Karin Broos, Efter badet (After Swimming). Courtesy of The Embassy of Sweden.

Still Life by Karin Broos (DC premiere)
Karin Broos, “Efter badet” (“After Swimming”) Karin Broos is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, and this is only the second presentation of her work in an exhibition outside of Sweden. With her photorealistic portrayals of domestic and intimate scenes drawing largely from her home in the Värmland countryside, her paintings alternatingly evoke melancholy, nostalgia, love, and despair.

In this exhibition, her work is complemented by the inclusion of excerpts from Sara Broos’ acclaimed film Speglingar (Reflections), which explores their mother-daughter relationship as well as reflections on other cultural greats in art and literature.

This exhibition is made possible through collaboration with Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde Art Museum and Alma Löv Museum

A Never-Ending Whispering Conversation – The Fanny and Alexander Process (part of the Bergman Centennial)
Of the more than 60 films and 170 plays that Ingmar Bergman directed, Fanny and Alexander (1982) is one of his most renowned. Bergman wrote Fanny and Alexander in a matter of months, yet his preparations started in early childhood. Bergman wrote the first scenes when he was a boy, and decades later, he directed and produced the film, recreating his childhood memories of a home filled with mythical secrets, the furniture conducting “a never-ending whispering conversation.”

The exhibition “A Never-ending Whispering Conversation” explores the process of developing Fanny and Alexander with facsimiles from the Ingmar Bergman archive.

This exhibition is made possible through collaboration with the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and the Swedish Film Institute.

Nina Sandström costumes, both historic and contemporary, create a dialogue when placed in conjunction with Magnus Länje’s photography. Courtesy of The Embassy of Sweden.

Bergman Moods – Costumes & Images (part of the Bergman Centennial)
This exhibit explores the creation of a Bergman atmosphere through costumes and imagery. Legendary costume designer Nina Sandström displays historic and contemporary garments, including original costumes used in Bergman productions and new designs created for films like Bergmans Reliquarium, in which classic Bergman scenes are reimagined and reinterpreted by contemporary Swedish actors.

Magnus Länje’s large-scale photography plays with Bergman’s visual legacy through portraiture and through photography of the milieus that shaped Bergman as a storyteller. Länje’s portraits refer to past productions and create a new dialogue with contemporary viewers, and photos of Bergman haunts allow viewers to step into his footsteps.

This exhibition is made possible through collaboration with the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Nina Sandström, and Magnus Länje.

Room for Children – Children’s Literacy and Creativity
Newly updated with new books, games, and crafts, the Room for Children is a Swedish library and arts studio for children aged 0-10 years designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling and self-expression. Adults and children are encouraged to engage in quality play and learning time together. The Room for Children creates a space in which children can participate fully in cultural life, express themselves freely, and co-create experiences with others.

Storytime Sessions are offered every Saturday at 2 pm for families to experience Swedish children’s literature. Children’s Art Workshops with Swedish artist and art teacher Karin Lithell are offered 12-3 pm on April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, and June 16 at House of Sweden.

This exhibition is made possible through collaboration with the Swedish Institute, Kulturhuset, and Stadsteatern.

Artist-Led Gallery Tour March 22
On March 22, the curators and artists associated with each exhibition will lead a gallery tour, providing firsthand insights into the work on display and sharing their artistic vision. More information and registration is available online:

About the Embassy of Sweden’s cultural programming at House of Sweden
Located at 2900 K St. NW on the Georgetown Waterfront, House of Sweden is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm. Featuring rotating arts and cultural exhibitions, film, theater, and musical performances as well as a Room for Children, House of Sweden provides a platform for cultural engagement and fun.

House of Sweden was designed by award-winning architects Tomas Hansen and Gert Wingårdh and stands as a testament to Swedish values of transparency, accountability, and openness. From our roof overlooking the Potomac River, you can see many D.C. landmarks including the Watergate complex, the Kennedy Center, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Air Force Memorial.

For more details on our events, visit their website: