Vesterheim's Objects on Loan

Vesterheim lends objects to institutions around the country. These have included the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California; Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska; Ellis Island, New York; Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Apron Museum in Iuka, Mississippi.

The locations of all the Vesterheim’s exhibits and objects that currently on loan are listed below.

Current Locations

Traveling Exhibit: Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890-1980

Vesterheim has loaned six objects for this traveling exhibit, including a carved drinking horn by Lars Kinsarvik, a plate and chair painted with rosemaling by Per Lysne, a carved chair by Erik Kr. Johnsen, a platter painted with rosemaling by Violet Christophersen, and a tapestry called Animal Kingdom woven by Minnesota sisters Pauline Fjelde and Thomane Fjelde Hansen.

This major international loan exhibition is the first to present the extensive exchange of design ideas between the United States and the Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—between 1890 and 1980. The exhibit is co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The schedule for this exhibit is:
Stockholm Nationalmuseum   October 14, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Oslo Nasjonalmuseet   March 17 – August 7, 2022
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin   March 24 – July 23, 2023
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California   October 9, 2022 – February 5, 2023

Nordic Heritage Museum

Seattle, Washington

This five-year loan to their core exhibition includes a Luther College pennant, a political button, and a bygdelag badge.

Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center

Stoughton, Wisconsin

The exhibit Herbjørn Gausta (1854-1924) on view at Livsreise from March 18, 2020 through February 2021 includes 20 oil paintings, plus a sketchbook, palette, and photos.

Also, objects and historical images related to stories of Norwegians in Wisconsin are included in the center’s core exhibit.

Museum of International Folk Art

Sante Fe, New Mexico

The exhibit, Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia, includes pieces of folk costumes and a bridal crown. On view December 13, 2021, to February 13, 2023.