Scandinavia House

New York

Current Show in New York

Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection

Various Artists

Oct 12, 2019 - Feb 15, 2020


Scandinavia House was created by the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) to promote the artistic and intellectual influence of the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. As the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, Scandinavia House offers programs that illustrate and illuminate the culture and life of the Nordic countries. The diverse programs include exhibitions, film series, concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, language courses, and activities for kids and families. Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House has welcomed over 2 million visitors.

Exhibitions at Scandinavia House’s Gallery encompass visual art, architecture, design, and history. On view beginning October 12, 2019, Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection presents more than 30 paintings, drawings, and sculpture by leading Nordic artists, never before shown in the U.S. During the spring of 2019,the exhibition Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden brought together a wide array of artistic expressions—paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films, and videos—that reflect the rich diversity and global character of Nordic art, curated by Phillips Collection Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann.
Scandinavia House celebrates the scope and variety of Nordic cinema with a wide range of film screenings from the classic to the contemporary. Our annual Nordic Oscar Contenders features Nordic candidates for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the series New Nordic Cinema features recent top Nordic films. Other upcoming series include a series of Nordic comedies and a retrospective of the work of Swedish actress Liv Ullmann.

With concerts ranging from classical, jazz, and folk to contemporary and experimental compositions, the center’s Volvo and Victor Borge Halls provide intimate venues for performances of works by classical and contemporary composers.

Scandinavia House offers stimulating lectures, book talks, and panel discussions. Beginning this spring, the series The Nordic Model explores reasons why Nordic countries lead in happiness and quality of life through a range of panels. Other lectures include presentations from visiting ASF Fellows, symposia on early childhood education, and book talks with writers such as Andri Snær Magnason, Erling Kagge, and others.

Young children learn about the culture of Scandinavia through books, toys, and interactive programs at the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center. Saturday Morning Storytelling delights children and adults alike through a magical world of fairytale kingdoms and trolls, while Saturday Art Workshops invite children to work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library, including art educator-led workshops tied to the current exhibition.

Language courses, offered in conjunction with New York University’s School of Professional Studies, are regularly held at Scandinavia House. ASF members can use the Halldór Laxness Library to catch up on Nordic news and culture through books, newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Visitors to Scandinavia House can also purchase the best of contemporary and classic design at the Shop or enjoy a meal at Smörgås Chef.

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Scandinavia House

Scandinavia House

Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Tel: +1 212 779 3587