The Wanas Foundation opens new exhibitions with Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Rafael Gómezbarros and Per Kirkeby

The Wanas Foundation – Wanås Konst opens this year’s exhibitions on Sunday, May 15. The artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (Sweden) along with Rafael Gómezbarros (Colombia) occupy the sculpture park, the Art Gallery, and the buildings of Wanås. The artists observe our world and reflect our times, but also look inwards. They drift between dream and nightmare, internal movements and migration. In the Art Gallery, Per Kirkeby (Denmark) displays new monoprints as well as work on Masonite and sculptures in dialogue with Wanås, 1994, his permanent work in the collection in the sculpture park.


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Thursday, May 12; Lunch 12pm, followed by a tour with Elisabeth Millqvist, Artistic Director of The Wanas Foundation – Wanås Konst, as well as artists in attendance.
Press Contact: Sofia Bertilsson, +46 (0)733 86 68 20, press@wanaskonst.se

Vernissage and Seasonal Opening in the Sculpture Park
Sunday, May 15, 2016, inauguration 1pm.
The Art Gallery, indoor installations, Café, Shop & Deli open for the season.

Exhibition Dates: May 15 – November 6, 2016

1. Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, In Dreams, 2016, mixed media 750 x750 cm. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Mattias Givell, Wanås Konst.


Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Djurberg & Berg debut their new film work, Worship (2016) in which they seduce and shock us, blending desire and fantasy. Their unique universe also inhabits the beech forest as they display a work outdoors for the first time. In this installation, nature has changed proportions and color, and the accompanying sound both mimics and warps the natural surroundings. The close relatives of In Dreams (2016) are found in the richly populated world of Carroll’s Wonderland— pink acorns wear ruffled underpants and a bird in heavy make-up smokes out of its rear end. In this work, nonsense violates our attempts to make the world understandable; nonsense is rebellion. Like a segment of illusory nature, the sculptures are placed on a mirroring surfacethat encourages self-reflection and self-centeredness. Djurberg discusses the installation as a place that channels the transitional experience between dream and wakefulness.

Rafael Gómezbarros
Meanwhile, for the first time, a work has been installed on the façade of the 15th century Wanås Castle and the Art Gallery as the sculpture park presents GómezbarrosCasa Tomada, (House Taken), comprised of hundreds of gigantic ants. He is motivated by the contemporary history of his homeland, which houses millions of internal refugees as the result of wars and conflicts. For Gómezbarros, the ant symbolizes the hard-working people who are prepared to transplant themselves when the situation necessitates. The installation raises questions of migration and displacement, but also of industriousness and society building. The bodies of his swarming ants are made of skulls and the installation also acts as a memorial for the ones lost in the wake of migration and conflict. As Casa Tomada travels to different places all over the world, Gómezbarros shows that it carries a story that reaches beyond Colombia’s borders and impacts us all. The global migrant weaves together one place with another, and the local with the global. The title is borrowed from a short story by the Argentinian author Julio Cortázar. He, in turn, was inspired by the
 master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. Like Poe’s short stories, the ants in Gómezbarros’ Casa Tomada are both frightening and fascinating.

Revisit – Per Kirkeby
In the Art Gallery, Per Kirkeby (Denmark) displays new monoprints as well as work on Masonite and sculptures dating back to 1981. The exhibition is a part of Revisit, a series in which artists work in dialogue with their permanent works in the sculpture park. Kirkeby’s brick sculpture Wanås in the collection is from 1994. In the exhibition, we can follow his versatility as an artist. He sets the standardized measurements of the red bricks against shapes that bear the imprint of the hand that kneaded the clay. Kirkeby works in series; motifs recur in altered, developed forms in every medium. One image gives birth to the next.

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Thursday, May 12; Lunch 12pm, followed by a tour with Elisabeth Millqvist, Artistic Director of The Wanas Foundation – Wanås Konst, as well as artists in attendance.
Press contact Sofia Bertilsson, press@wanaskonst.se
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Exhibition Information:

Vernissage and Seasonal Opening in the Sculpture Park
Sunday, May 15, 2016, inauguration 1pm
The Art Gallery, indoor installations, Café, Shop & Deli open for the season.
Exhibition Dates: May 15-November 6, 2016

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Exhibitions 2016

Vernissage and Season Opening in the Sculpture Park: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Rafael Gómezbarros
Revisit
– Per Kirkeby

Exhibition Dates: May 15 – November 6, 2016

The Sculpture Park with the Collection
The sculpture park with its permanent collection is open daily year-round from 8am – 7pm

Summer Season
May 15 – Nov. 6, 2016

May 16 – September 30, Monday-Sunday 10am – 5pm
Midsummer Eve – Closed
October – weekends only, 11am – 4pm
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6 (autumn break), open daily 11am – 4pm

Super Sunday, June 12, 2016
David Svensson, Världens hem (The Home of the World)
Maria Bajt,
Children’s book room and book release of Cows Can Dream by Maria Bajt and Jason Diakité in English and of the audio book in Arabic.
Exhibition dates: June 12 – November 6, 2016

Wanås Konst Live
Autumn Choreographies at Wanås Konst
By and with Dinis Machado, Anna Pehrsson, Zoë Poluch, and Rachel Tess.
Program: August – October 2016.

Helena Olsson, Touch Tour
Sunday, September 11, 2pm

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Wanås Konst/The Wanås Foundation
Wanås, SE-289 90 Knislinge, Sweden
www.wanaskonst.se



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Wanås Konst – Center for Art and Education, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and available way for the many. Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery in southern Sweden. Wanås Restaurant Hotel opens on the premises late 2016. 

Since 1987 contemporary site-specific art by international artists has been produced at Wanås. Today the sculpture park holds more than 50 permanent works, created specifically for Wanås Konst by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Ann-Sofi Sidén et al. Every year thousands of children take part in educational activities. Read more at Wanås Konst /The Wanås Foundation

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Wanås Konst – Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. The permanent collection in the sculpture park is complemented with a program of temporary exhibitions, both outdoors and in the Art Gallery, and events such as guided tours, artists’ talks, performances and workshops engaging a wide audience. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way. The collection in the sculpture park has 70 permanent works, created specifically for The Wanås Foundation – Wanås Konst by artists such as Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Robert Wilson et al. The sculpture park has approximatly 75 000 visitors per year and 8000 children take part in educational activities. Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation, a non-profit foundation created in 1994, in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since 2011 the foundation is led by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Wanås Konst is part self-financed, part supported by state, regional and municipal funding, as well as by private foundations and sponsors. Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery in southern Sweden as well as the newly opened Wanås Restaurant Hotel. Wanås Konst is part of European Land + Art Network (ELAN) and Wanås is a Long Run Destination – a leader in sustainable development within the tourism industry, community development and cultural management. Read more at www.wanaskonst.se

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