ASI Press Release:
WORK BY SWEDISH CARTOONIST JESPER LÖFVENBORG ON EXHIBIT
AT THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE
Jesper Löfvenborg: Swedish Artist and Cartoonist
March 8-April 29, 2011
The colorful, imaginative, and happily raucous works of Swedish artist and cartoonist Jesper Löfvenborg
will be on exhibit at the American Swedish Institute March 8-April 29 in the Turnblad Mansion's lower
level gallery. Löfvenborg's paintings are exaggerated mini-worlds of creatures and pop culture characters.
Every work hides symbols and references to Swedish traditions and figures from comics, children's
literature, and more. The artist's interests in tattoo art and skateboarding are reflected in the exhibit as well;
the display will include a skateboard bearing his custom design in addition to the more than 40 paintings and
cartoons that will be part of the exhibit. The exhibit is included with museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62+,
$4 ages 6-18 and students. The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Ave. in Minneapolis.
For more details, visit www.americanswedishinst.org or call 612-871-4907.
Löfvenborg will be in Minneapolis late March through mid-April. He will be in residency at ASI for
much of this time, working on an in-gallery painting during museum open hours. He will also be working
with ASI's teen group, På Gång, and giving workshops with teens around Minneapolis.
About Jesper Löfvenborg
Jesper Löfvenborg (1976- ) lives in Karlstad, Sweden, where he paints daily and creates weekly comic
strips for a newspaper and an entertainment magazine. His work has been shown in various exhibits since
2006 in Sweden; this is his first exhibition in the U.S. Among other artistic endeavors, he has been involved
in public art projects and designed a skateboard/t-shirt graphic for a Swedish skateboard company. He
works primarily with acrylic paints, but also uses watercolors, ink, and artistic markers. He counts among
his influences animals, cartoons, comic books, children's books, skateboard art, Hergé, Sven Nordquist,
Todd Schorr, and a number of personal friends and relatives including his grandmother, a textile artist.
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About the American Swedish Institute
Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, the American Swedish Institute is a historic
house, museum and cultural center that serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around
universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. The American Swedish
Institute offers a variety of programs designed to celebrate Swedish, Swedish-American and Nordic culture and is housed in
the 1908 Turnblad mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Museum hours: Tues., Thur.-Sat. 12-4
p.m., Wed. 12-8 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. (closed Mondays and holidays). Museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18
and students with ID. For more information, visit www.americanswedishinst.org.
Digital images are available upon request. E-mail Jenn Stromberg, firstname.lastname@example.org