Walk & Talk with William Forsythe and Premiere Display of Choreographic Objects

Please join us for talks and premieres of and with William Forsythe, who will be kicking off the program accompanying the SculptureMotion exhibition on Sunday, June 4. Meet the dancer and choreographer for a Walk & Talk tour in the sculpture park at The Wanås Foundation along with Magnus af Petersens, Director of Bonniers Konsthall, and Elisabeth Millqvist, Artistic Director of The Wanås Foundation – Wanås Konst. The conversation, which is a part of the SculptureMotion exhibition program, takes place in English and begins outdoors before ending indoors. The exhibition program includes performance weekends with artist group Mammalian Diving Reflex as well as Sonia Khurana. Later in the season, we welcome choreographer Maria Hassabi, contributor to this year’s documenta, with an outdoor performance entitled Staged, and in the fall, a workshop with Björn Säfsten. William Forsythe’s Walk & Talk will take place in the sculpture park at Wanås Konst on Sunday, June 4 from 2pm – 4pm.

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time no. 4, 2005. Installation at Wanås Konst 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell

SculptureMotion

William Forsythe’s oeuvre is the starting point for the exhibition SculptureMotion, which also includes artists Carolina Falkholt, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Sonia Khurana, Éva Mag, and Mammalian Diving Reflex. SculptureMotion brings together works that investigate sculpture in motion and sculpture that invites action. Forsythe is one of the world’s foremost choreographers  but in this exhibition, his choreographic objects take the spotlight as they are shown for the first time in Sweden. Movement stands in contrast to the permanence and immobility sculpture is traditionally associated with. One person who challenged this interpretation was Alexander Calder, who with his mobiles in 1931 allowed objects to leave the podium and move freely in the air before us. While Calder spoke of Objet ballet, Forsythe calls them choreographic objects, and he has worked with the concept for 20 years. In SculptureMotion, visitors activate and are activated by these choreographic objects.

During Sunday’s Walk & Talk, Forsythe will talk about what he calls “choreographic objects” and relates them to artworks in the park. In addition, a completely new installation by Forsythe will open – Underall. Created for this exhibition Underall started with an abandoned, forgotten building in the park that is now remodeled and we can step into the structure, which is set in motion by the weight of our bodies. Forsythe incorporates movement into an existing building and throws us off balance. As with so many of his objects, we gain an experience of ourselves by both being made aware of movement and being set in motion ourselves.

Aviariation, an installation with trees, is also being premiered as a part of the exhibition, and there will be a special screening of the film Aligningung (2016), created for the Paris Opera. For the film, Forsythe, along with Riley Watts and Rauf “Rubberlegz” Yasit have investigated different ways of threading the body through its own negative spaces.

In the Art Gallery, Forsythe is also showing Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time as well as the films Lectures from Improvisation Technologies (1994) and Solo (1997). Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time was shown for the first time in 2005 and is an installation with hundreds of weights suspended from strings hanging in the ceiling. We are invited to enter the installation without touching the pendulums.

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The SculptureMotion Program and Fall Performance Program

Program events will take place at Wanås with the exception of the Mammalian Diving Reflex tours on June 17 & 18, which will occur in nearby Knislinge.

Walk & Talk with William Forsythe
Sunday, June 4, 2pm – 4pm, Wanås Konst, gather at the Art Gallery

Meet dancer and choreographer William Forsythe for a Walk & Talk with Magnus af Petersens, Director of Bonniers Konsthall, and Elisabeth Millqvist, Artistic Director of Wanås Konst. Forsythe’s choreographic objects, which are a part of this year’s exhibition, SculptureMotion, activate and are activated by visitors as they organize and create movements. During the tour, Forsythe will tell about his works and relate them to artworks in the park. In English. Reserve spots at shop@wanaskonst.se or in the Art Gallery lobby, +46 44 253 15 68. Reservations are limited and will be taken in the order received.

Performance Weekend

Sonia Khurana – Lying Down on the Ground, Live Event
Saturday, June 17, 1pm, Wanås Konst, gather at the Art Gallery at Wanås Konst.

Lying Down
is a group activity to participate in or to observe as participants lie on the ground. Lying down creates a shift in perspective and an external experience for passers-by, as well as an internal experience for those who participate. The performance combines playfulness and poeticism, bodies and resistance, as an everyday movement becomes a group activity. At Wanås, visitors can lie on the ground in designated places in the park and also create a collective drawing indoors from the sketched contours of people lying down.        

Mammalian Diving Reflex, guided tour – These are the People in Your Neighborhood
Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, 1pm – 3pm, gather outside COOP Konsum, Knislinge.

Discover Knislinge in a completely new way! During a guided tour by Östra Göinge youth aged 8 and 9, the public will get to meet the people who work and do business in Knislinge. The children worked with the artists as they got to know more about their surroundings, who works where, and what they do. They have spent three weeks preparing the tours, and they will share what awakened their curiosity as they learned about their community. We will follow them from the pizzeria to the hair salon, maybe finding out if the florist forgets to water his own flowerpots or if the dentist eats candy. Please note that we will gather at COOP Konsum, Knislinge. These Are the People in Your Neighborhood has been made possible thanks to support from the Gertrud and Ivar Philipsson Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts Theatre International program, and is a collaboration with Västerskolan, Östra Göinge.

Maria Hassabi, Outdoor performance – Staged
Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, time TBA, Wanås Konst.

Staged
is an installation of sculptural movement by and with Maria Hassabi (CY) as well as dancers Hristoula Harakas, Oisin Monaghan, Jessie Gold. As it strives for stillness and slow, prolonged movement, Hassabi investigates the tension between the human form and the artistic object with the sculpture park as a backdrop. The bodies vacillate between dance and sculpture, subject and object, living body and still life. Maria Hassabi was born in 1973 and is based in New York.

Björn Säfsten, Conversations and Movement for Retirees
Saturday, October 14, 10am – 4pm, Wanås Konst.

How does a choreographer work? Why does dance look how it does? Those of you who are usually sitting in the audience, wondering or wanting to know more, will now have the chance to spend a day with Björn Säfsten and take a physical leap into contemporary dance, examining working methods and movements. No previous knowledge is necessary, but seats are limited. Please RSVP early to albin@wanaskonst.se. The day-long workshop is presented in collaboration with MARC, Riksteatern, and Östra Göinge Riksteaterförening.

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Ongoing exhibitions

SculptureMotion 
The exhibition brings together works that examine sculpture and movement and sculpture that invites action both swift and still.
Participating artists: Carolina Falkholt (SE), William Forsythe (USA), Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (DK), Sonia Khurana (IN), Éva Mag (SE), Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN/DE).

Exhibition period: May 7 – November 5, 2017.

Revisit 1987 – 30 Years of Art Exhibitions at Wanås
1987 marked the first art exhibition at Wanås, and now, 30 years later, there is a permanent collection comprised of 70 artworks. But what did the first exhibition look like? Revisit 1987 – 30 Years of Art Exhibitions at Wanås is an exhibition about an exhibition that through an in-depth look at archival material such as photographs, films, turns back the time to 1987.
Curator: Filippa Forsberg
Exhibition Period: April 14 – September 24, 2017.

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Upcoming exhibitions

Poul Gernes – special project
In the Sculpture Park.
Opening: September, 2017. Dates to be announced.

Jennifer Forsberg – Land Tax
In the Art Gallery.
Opening: September 30, 2017

Exhibition Period: September 30 – December 22, 2017

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Opening hours: May 7, 2016 – December 22, 2017
The sculpture park with the collection is open daily from 8am – 7pm.
Art Gallery, Shop & Deli and Wanås Restaurant are open daily.
May 7 – September 30, daily 10am – 5pm
Closed Midsummer Eve, June 23
October 1 – December 22, Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 3pm

Please consult the website for additional information.

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For questions and further information, please contact: 
Sofia Bertilsson, 46 (0)733 86 68 20, 
press@wanaskonst.se 
Web: 
www.wanaskonst.se 
Newsroom: 
http://news.cision.com/wanas-konst (download high resolution images)

Wanås Konst – Center for Art and Education, 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 approxiametly 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.

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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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