Per Kirkeby
Wanås, 1994

Jacob Dahlgren 
Primary Structure,


Dan Graham,
Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000

Martin Puryear
Meditation in a
Beech Wood
, 1996

Movement as Sculpture when Wanås Celebrates 30 Years

The exhibition program at Wanås is turning 30 in 2017, and the celebration marks the passage of time – a movement from then until now. With the feature exhibition of 2017, SculptureMotion, The Wanås Foundation highlights sculpture in motion and sculpture that invites action. Ground-breaking American choreographer William Forsythe (USA) serves as our point of departure, participants in SculptureMotion include Carolina Falkholt (SE), Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (DK), Sonia Khurana (IN), Éva Mag (SE) and a special performance weekend June 17 - 18 with Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN/DE) in the village of Knislinge. SculptureMotion opens on May 7, 2017, with works both outside and in the Art Gallery. The sculpture park with over 60 site-specific works is open daily all year round. The Art Gallery opens on April 14, 2017 with the exhibition Revisit 1987 – 30 years of art at Wanås, an in-depth study of photographs, films, and archival material that turns back the time to the first art exhibition at Wanås in 1987.

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No 3, 2015. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

Sonia Khurana, Film Stills; The logic for birds. Photo/Video Eduardo Huerta and Katerina Bruch Courtesy Casa Asia Barcelona

Sonia Khurana. Photo: Manisha Gera

Carolina Falkholt. Photo: Claudia Fried

Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, If the People Have No Bread Let Them Eat Cake, 2002. Photo Henrik Plenge Jakobsen

Henrik Plenge Jakobsen. Photo Mattias Givell
Éva Mag, Film stills session 2 May 2014: Stand up. I said stand up! Photo: Éva Mag

Éva Mag. Photo Éva Mag


The exhibition SculptureMotion investigates motion in art today, from moving objects to movement as a social action and experiences beyond the visual. Pioneering American choreographer William Forsythe’s art practice serves as a starting point for the exhibition. His choreographic work has been shown all over the world, and he has influenced generations of dancers. In his expansive oeuvre, he has worked increasingly with installations and choreographic objects in dialogue with the contemporary art scene. Forsythe creates new artworks outdoors, and his Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time will now be premiering in Sweden. In the park, we also encounter a large-scale sculpture by Carolina Falkholt, and a work by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen that uses history as its point of departure. In the Art Gallery, stillness and activity converge in works by Sonia Khurana and Éva Mag. 

The exhibition theme emphasizes the relationship between sculpture and motion as well as the interest in participation that has been central to The Wanås Foundation’s program since 2011. Artists such as Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely investigated movement and sculpture in the 1950s and 1960s and Moderna Museet in Stockholm presented Movement in Art in 1961, a touring exhibition focusing on mechanics and machinery. The artworks in SculptureMotion at Wanås examine sculpture and bodies by placing movement in focus and asking the questions, what are contemporary working methods and concerns and what does movement mean today? 

With: William Forsythe (USA/DE), Carolina Falkholt (SE), Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (DK), Sonia Khurana (IN), Éva Mag (SE), an Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN/DE). 

Public Opening: Sunday, May 7, 2017 SculptureMotion
Exhibition Period: May 7- November 5, 2017

Special performance weekend with Mammalian Diving Reflex: June 17 - 18, 2017

Revisit 1987 - 30 years of art at Wanås opens in the Art Gallery Easter 2017
The first exhibition to open in 2017 will be Revisit 1987 in the Art Gallery and the sculpture park. That year marked the first art exhibition at Wanås, and now, 30 years later, there is a permanent collection comprised of 60 artworks. But what did the first exhibition look like? Through an indepth look at archival material such as photographs, films, we turn back time to 1987. In the sculpture park Eric Lennarth's (SE) 100 m long installation Miljöaktiverare from 1987 is recreated.

Public Opening: Friday, April 14, 2017
Exhibition Period: April 14 – September 24, 2017

Den Kosmiska Havsträdgårdspassagen a baby performance by Peter Mills. Performances April 15 - 16 at 1.15pm, approx. 60 min, please pre-book. More information to follow.

Choreography and sound: Peter Mills 

Dance and lighting: Peter Mills and Rachel Tess

Set design: Marta Cicionesi

Max: 12 babies in the company of 2 adults/performance

Co-production: MARC, Riksteatern och Simrishamns kommun

Den Kosmiska Havsträdgårdspassagen is an interaktive, choreographed installation for babies aged 2 – 18 months.  The performance explores visual, tactile and auditive stimulations, and is shaped by the babies' freedom to move, observe and interact with the installation and the dancers.