Famed Swedish chef brings photo exhibit to the American Swedish Institute


Fjord, Faroe Islands // Magnus Nilsson, April 2013

Magnus Nilsson, the acclaimed chef of Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden who is also an accomplished photographer and cookbook author, is headed to Minneapolis.

The American Swedish Institute announced today via press release that Nilsson will be displaying his traveling exhibit, “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People,” at the ASI June 2 to August 14, and in town himself June 1 to June 4 to introduce the work.

The exhibition highlights original, place-based photographs that Nilsson captured of the people he met and the restaurants, private kitchens, and remote landscapes he explored during three years researching his 2015 cookbook “The Nordic Cookbook.”

While seeking an expanded definition of today’s Nordic cuisine, Nilsson gathered more than 700 indigenous recipes from home cooks throughout Sweden, Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway, and shot some 8,000 photographs.

The exhibition and an accompanying catalog showcase selected images and invite viewers to discover food as a universal touchpoint sharing heritage across boundaries and time.

A parallel display at ASI will show photographs by Minnesota-based photographer Cameron Wittig, taken of Nilsson’s Fäviken restaurant, kitchen, and the workings of a chef, annotated in essays by Swedish journalist Po Tidholm.

Nilsson will launch the “Nordic” exhibition with a full schedule at ASI, including the Craft-Sprit Tasting Party and Exhibition Preview, a Nordic Heirloom Recipe Exchange, a Night at the Chef’s Table courtyard feast, and a Nilsson book signing.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, April 8. Visit www.ASImn.org for more information.

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