Richard Johansson, Folk Art Museum
Opening Friday, March 30, 2018, 11am–4 pm. Inauguration at 1pm in the artist:s presence
Exhibition Period March 30 – June, 2018
Spring at Wanås Konst starts on March 30, in conjunction with local art tour Konstrundan, with the exhibition Folk Art Museum , a traveling museum and artwork by artist Richard Johansson, who is both originator and museum director. For several years, Johansson has collected paintings, sculptures, and objects that can be classified as folk art. Folk art has followed him since his childhood and functions as an affectionate source of inspiration for his entire artistic oeuvre. This spring, the project will move onward and park at Wanås. The work consists of a rolling covered wagon, sculpted by the artist, with a collection of folk art. In addition, based on an open call folk art will be shown in the Art Gallery in an exhibition curated by the artist.
Solo Exhibitions: Chiharu Shiota, Katarina Löfström & Poul Gernes
Opening Sunday, May 6, 2018
Curators Elisabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givell
Exhibition period May 6 – November 4, 2018
Two exhibitions and a special project kick off summer at Wanås Konst on May 6. Chiharu Shiota (JP/DE) and Katarina Löfström are creating separate presentations, with artworks both indoors and out in the landscape. In different ways, the artists combine the subtle reflections and observations with the mesmerizing and large-scale. Parallel to the exhibitions by Löfström and Shiota is the opening of a special project with Poul Gernes (DK), which takes as a starting point a sketch from 1967 for a work intended for public space.
Chiharu Shiota weaves installations with thread to look like sculptural drawings. With lines as a starting point, she develops a sculpture in a new material for Wanås Konst. In her art, she returns to a feeling of displacement, and at Wanås she places house shapes, the symbol for ‘home’, in the center. The exhibit corresponds with a presentation of Chiharu Shiota at the Göteborg Museum of Art, and together both places offer a unique opportunity to gain insight into a notable oeuvre.
Katarina Löfström works with visual abstractions that might originate in fireworks or in visualizing data. She often returns to her relationship to nature, and at Wanås, she is working with an artwork that is impacted by light and wind and that makes the forest dissolve.
Poul Gernes, special project – Pyramide
Poul Gernes Pyramide was realized for the first time in 2016 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, in conjunction with a solo exhibition of the artist. Gernes’ sketch shows a variety of people occupying spaces on a large-scale pyramid that becomes a lively meeting place. The artist described his pyramid as a place “where people would be able to hang out” in accordance with his thoughts about the social role of art. At Wanås, the pyramid gains a permanent residence after a donation by Klara Karolines Fond, founded by Aase and Poul Gernes. Poul Gernes (1925-1996) was born in Denmark but lived in Munka Ljungby in Skåne, Sweden, for 30 years, and a large portion of his artworks originated in Skåne. He has influenced many young artists through his work with color experiments and collective and interactive art.
Xavier Le Roi & Scarlet Yu
In July and August, Wanås welcomes Xavier Le Roi (FR), who collaborates with Scarlet Yu (HK) to investigate time, space, and sculpture on site. Le Roi is one of the foremost names in contemporary dance and choreography, and he has long worked to bring dance and choreography into artistic spaces. Le Roi and Yu have done a number of collaborations together: two works for the Venice Biennale in 2015, and most recently a collaboration for Skulptur Projekt Münster. Since 2016, Wanås Konst has been working with a long-term investment in Live Art, art that must be experienced in the moment and demands presence right there, right then. The program is developed with affiliate curator of dance, Rachel Tess. A detailed program including dates will be released in Spring 2018.