For Immediate Release
July 19, 2021 

CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS Summer Book Club Discussion of Sigrid Undset’s The Wreath 


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Wednesday, July 28, the Clark Art Institute presents a discussion of Norwegian author Sigrid Undset’s book The Wreath from 7 pm to 9 pm over Zoom. 

The discussion, led by a member of Clark staff, considers how Undset’s treatment of identity and sense of place resonate with the life and work of Nikolai Astrup, whose paintings and prints are presented in Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway. The novel is available in English, and copies are available for purchase in the Clark gift shop.

The Wreath is the first novel from Undset’s trilogy, Kristin Lavransdatter, about a strong fourteenth-century woman. In this trilogy, Undset carefully reconstructs medieval Norway, enriching her text with descriptions of cultural traditions and folklore, setting Kristin’s adventures against Norway’s dramatic mountains and stunning fjords. Undset won the Nobel Prize for Literature for these volumes in 1928. 

The next book club meeting takes place on August 25. This event is free, but space is limited to 30 attendees. Visit to register. Registrants are asked to notify the Clark if they change their plans after registering so that others may join the event. 


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. 

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm daily in July and August, and open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June. Advance timed tickets are required. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303. 

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