WANÅS KONST 2016 – THREE EXHIBITIONS REFLECTING OUR TIMES
The Wanas Foundation – Wanås Konst opens this year’s exhibitions on Sunday, May 15. The art duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (Sweden) along with Rafael Gómezbarros (Colombia) occupy the sculpture park, art gallery, and buildings of Wanås. They reflect the age we live in and drift between dream and nightmare, internal movements and migration. Djurberg & Berg seduce and shock us, blending desire and fantasy. In the Art Gallery, they debut their new film work, the stop-motion animation Worship, 2016, and their unique world of images inhabit the beech forest as for the first time they display a large sculpture group outdoors. Also for the first time, a work is being installed on the façades of the 15th century Wanås castle and the art gallery as Gómezbarros’ installation Casa Tomada, comprised of hundreds of gigantic ants, is presented in the sculpture park. He is motivated by the contemporary history of his homeland and tells of a violent reality. In the Art Gallery, Per Kirkeby (Denmark) displays new monoprints as well as paintings and sculptures from 1981 to 2016. READ MORE
WANÅS KONST 2015 - BARRIERS - CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA
Barriers is the major exhibition at Wanås Konst this year. The exhibition brings together six artists working in South Africa, an active scene attracting young artists from many different countries. Through their choices of material, collaborations, and historical references, the artists make connections to the landscape and to Wanås as a site. The title of the exhibition emphasizes border thinking. Barriers function to block, hinder and restrict – they are to be overcome, but they can also protect and safeguard. The exhibition presents a number of individual reflections in the form of newly produced artworks as well as a film trilogy. READ MORE
WANÅS KONST 2014 - DANCE SCULPTURE!
Sculpture and dance, metamorphosis and memento mori – New Season in the Sculpture Park at Wanås Konst, May 18–November 2, 2014
Upcoming: Performances and workshops
Skipping ropes and platforms in the tree tops, performances in the Park, Dance Me presents artists that explore movement and ask questions about how everyday life is choreographed. In a series of exhibitions and site specific works, Wanås Konst continues to explore sculpture and the relation between the artwork and the viewer. Through a donation, 12 major sculptures by Swedish neo-dada artist CF Reuterswärd are a new addition in the Sculpture Park. Susan Sontag wrote about the works, titled Interlettre, in “The Unseen Alphabet” in 1983. For the exhibition Unvergessen (Graf Spee III) Jan Håfström, Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena and Carl Michael von Hausswolff travelled to Montevideo to follow a dark tale to the bottom of the sea. READ MORE
WANÅS konst 2013
“What is happiness to you?” artist Jeppe Hein’s question is the focus of the exhibition season, which opens on May 19. Like the Brazilian artist Marilá Dardot, he playfully engages visitors in serious works. This year also marks musician Jason Diakité’s debut as an author. His tale of art, trees, and cows is interwoven with the artist Maria Bajt’s sprawling imagery to form both a children’s book and an exhibition in the Art Gallery. Throughout the season Revisit features guided tours with artists who have permanent works in the Park. On display in the black box is Xiltilia, a film by Melanie Smith in collaboration with Rafael Ortega on a surrealist garden in the tropical rainforest. Read the foreword of Wanås Guide 2013. READ MORE
WANÅS konst 2012
An eventful 2012 — art at Wanås celebrates its 25th anniversary with a profusion of projects and programs looking ahead, behind, and inside. You can smell the art in 2012, it becomes a labyrinth, and it hangs above our heads. A new space for art films opens and traditional straw craftsmanship collides with design and artistic experimentation in the project Farmer's Gold. The year's children's book examines the remnants and traces of plant life with alluring images.
WANÅS konst 2011
Wanås Art starts off big in 2011 with five parallel exhibitions under the new leadership of Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. It is a busy season featuring new pieces in the sculpture park by Yoko Ono and Jacob Dahlgren. Simultaneously, the collection in the Park is energized by a plunge into the artwork of Charlotte Gyllenhammar and a new guide to the collection. A whole new concept is unveiled at Wanås – a children's book series – and Wanås café is redesigned.
2010 at Wanås is characterized by both intensification and renewal. The artists Roxy Paine, Ann-Sofi Sidén, and Anne Thulin, who exhibited at Wanås early in their careers, return. A large-scale project materializes from a lively dialog the artists have been having for several years. Seventeen young artists exhibit new work as part of this project. Another Way is a collaboration between the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm and the Foundation.
WANÅS 2009: FOOTPRINTS
The exhibition WANÅS 2009: Footprints touches upon the relationship of human beings to nature. Within the international art world today there is a great deal of interest in questions of, for example, ecological sustainability, ecosystems, and global climate change. This subject has become a part of our daily lives and is dealt with by artists from personal, economic, political, and social perspectives. This is something that all of the participants have in common.
WANÅS 2008: LOSS
WANÅS 2007: 20th ANNIVERSARY
Wanås Exhibitions celebrates its 20th anniversary. This year artists who work primarily with site-specific installations are invited to exhibit. The concept of sculpture is examined and challenged. As always, since 1987, three-dimensional expression remains the focus of Wanås.
WANÅS 2006: INSIGHT OUT
Insight Out takes as its starting point the two of the focuses of the work of the Wanås Foundation: artists working in the USA and emerging artists on their way to being established. Insight Out takes into account both of these veins and the exhibition concentrates on newly produced work by a new generation of American artists. Insight Out continues the dialog between the American art scene a decade after the exhibition WANÅS: EIGHT AMERICANS.
WANÅS 2005: CONTEMPORARY NORDIC SCULPTURE 1980-2005
Contemporary Nordic sculpture is exhibited in the newly renovated exhibition space, the Stable, In the 700 square meter exhibition hall and in the attached sculpture garden there is work present from the last 25 years.
WANÅS 2004: MAYA LIN
The American artist Maya Lin (b. 1959) is invited for a solo exhibition at Wanås in 2004. Maya Lin is known primarily for the creation of various well-known monuments and sculptures in the USA. As a very young student at Yale University she was chose to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, a memorial to those who died during the Vietnam War.
WANÅS 2003: 4 SWEDES
A new generation of Swedish artists is starting to appear. Four young Swedish artists exhibit work in the Park and the Stable in 2003: Eva Marklund, Kristina Matousch, Nilsmagnus Sköld, and David Svensson. The artists are dedicated to a long-term research-focused project requiring time and resources. What the work of these four artists shares is an interest in color, form and technique, characterized by playfulness…
WANÅS 2002: CHARLOTTE GYLLENHAMMAR & ANN HAMILTON
Wanås 2002 marks a clear change from the last 14 years of exhibitions. In contrast to earlier year’s groups of artists making mischief all over the site, now two artists create larger projects. The idea is to deepen and intensify the focus on the site-specific project. Ann Hamilton from the USA and Charlotte Gyllenhammar from Sweden are chosen to implement two extremely ambitious projects.
WANÅS 2001: RECREATING RETRO
WANÅS 2001 is an unusual year featuring a retrospective of exhibitions from 1987-2000. Simultaneously, there are new activities with young artists exhibiting work in a new space. 2001 offers an overview of the contemporary art of the last two decades by inviting back many of the artists who had exhibited at Wanås. The art reflects the evolution from monumental sculptures to conceptual installations. Older installations are rebuilt.
WANÅS 2000 marks the tenth international exhibition since 1987. It is the year 2000 – a year whose thee zeroes entail responsibility. Still it is not an exhibition that announces the new century with pomp and circumstance. No, the exhibition is serious. It swings back and forth between reminding us our own death and playful irreverence. Memento mori are whispered in the old Magasinet and in the Park. The year is marked by reflection and consideration.
MALMÖ ART MUSEUM VISITS WANÅS 1999
1999 is an unusual year at Wanås. For the first time, work from another institutions collection is exhibited. On top of this, students from all five of Sweden’s art universities camp in the park.
PARK BENCHES 1998
Swedish and international artists, designers, and architects create park benches on the border between art and design. The isolation of contemporary art, architecture, and design comes crashing down when these park benches / sculptures / installations are shown in easily accessible public places. Some of the artists have shown a previous interest in park benches, some not. Most of the benches are produce in the vicinity of Wanås.
WANÅS 1996: EIGHT AMERICANS
All of the artist that are invited to Wanås 1996 live in the USA, even if not all of them come from there. The exhibition can be seen as a paraphrase of “Four Americans” that was shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1962. The pop artists that exhibited in Sweden were still not accepted in their own country. At Wanås there is a clear trend among the new generation of American artists. There is a clear critique of society in their word.
This exhibition of five Nordic artists is dominated by a romantic and exclusive touch.
1992 is characterized by playfulness and experimentation. The exhibition of fourteen artists from Nordic countries, Germany, and the USA reflects a new stage of irreverence and interrogation in art. Many artists have taken it upon themselves to make us aware of our reality. They have dedicated themselves to investigations.
1991 resources and energy are focused on eight artists: Gene Flores, Gloria Friedmann, Jan Håfström, Milovan Marcovic, Annika Svenbro, Sissel Tolaas, Ulay and Kate Whiteford. Routines have been improved, and there is more knowledge of the possibilities that the surround community offers: materials, artisans, and industries. Work is simplified by having fewer artists but as usual there is no shortage of chaos, drama, stress, and catastrophes.
The Stars and Stripes flew above the fourth year at Wanås. Four participants from New York – Cris Gianakos, Jene Highstein, Bernard Kirschenbaum and Richard Nonas – created large-scale projects in the forest and the barn. Five of the artists had participated in earlier Wanås exhibitions and had created possibilities for more intensive and concentrated work.
In 1989 fewer artists are invited and there are more international participants. In the winter of 1999 Marika Wachtmeister travelled to New York and met with many artists at their studios in order to plan future work together. The trip also created a better understanding of how artists work, and it was the impetus for improving routines and increasing activity at Wanås.
Exhibiting concrete artwork made from industrial materials like steel and iron in nature emphasizes the simplicity of the language. The strict sculptural forms create a clear contrast to the green of the forest. Because of a warm spring many of the artists have chosen to work in the evening. The Park has been like a series of apartments with tenants in different rooms. There is stuff happening here and there in the glimmering neon green.
The art at Wanås 1987 is characterized by a broad spectrum of expressions and attitudes. Here sculptures with classical features are mixed with postmodern pieces and ephemeral installations. A contrast between the old and new, culture and nature dominates this unique experience.