The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard has announced it will open an exhibit celebrating the work of Bjorn Wiinblad, the Danish artist who introduced colorful flair into a designer culture that was, at the time, saturated in a functionalist aesthetic. 

The exhibit, on loan from the ARKEN Modern Art Museum in Ishoj, Denmark, will open July 28 and run through November 5.

Born in 1918, Wiinblad originally trained as a journeyman typographer before he entered the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. His work -- originally exclusive to painting, but which expanded to include ceramics, tapestries, furniture and posters -- diverged significantly from the sparse, minimal lines of the prevailing Copenhagen style to include rounded faces, saturated color and scenes inspired by fairy tales. The artist was renowned throughout Europe, and eventually the United States.

Installations taken from Wiinblad's substantial body of work will include graphic art, ceramics, theater sets, costumes, tapestries, jigsw puzzles, tiles and textiles. The exhibit was compiled from 78 items owned by the Musuem of Danish America, The Blue House in Denmark and private collectors.