Opening: March 5, 2022
The 2022 exhibition program starts with acclaimed children’s book creator Beatrice Alemagna (b. 1973 in Bologna, works in Paris). Alemagna spent time drawing in playgrounds in Paris, and from the motifs of these drawings, a conversation about play, freedom, and dreams developed with acclaimed author Sara Stridsberg. The exhibition highlights the original images from the children’s book We Go to the Park (Mirando 2021) and is combined with a workshop. It is a reworked version of the ongoing exhibition at the Swedish Institute in Paris, curated in collaboration with Wanås Konst. Alemagna has been nominated for the ALMA award several times and has exhibited her work frequently. She has illustrated books such as Astrid Lindgren’s Lotta on Troublemaker Street and has just released a new edition of the classic Snow White.
Opening: May 7, 2022
With the art projects of summer 2022, Wanås Konst feature artists who drive change and material development. Rather than raising awareness of questions connected to environment and sustainability as motifs, Danish artist Peter Linde Busk and design collective Numen/For Use seek sustainable alternatives in the execution of their works. Linde Busk is known for his paintings but also works with reliefs in a variety of materials and in ceramics. In his oeuvre, he has long used recycling as an approach; different parts of earlier works and leftover materials find their way into new ones and become parts of a relief or fantastic mosaics. For more than two years, he has developed recipes, materials, and techniques in order to create his first outdoor sculpture, combining his characteristically serpentine patterns and colored glass.
The industrial design collective Numen/For Use creates a large installation that fills up and spreads out from the 50-meter-long building at Wanås. For 15 years, they have experimented with rope and tape in intricate constructions and amorphous shapes that reach out in different directions. Visitors are invited into the paths and cavities of the large structures that tempt to be discovered by both the mind and the body. Alongside a fascination with the possibilities of tape, the group has worked to find a sustainable alternative to the material. Step by step, in close dialogue with a manufacturer, they have found a biodegradable version of tape. The installation at Wanås Konst will be the second they have made with this material, the first being at Garage Museum in Moscow in 2019. Numen/For Use is an industrial design collective founded by Nikola Radeljković, Sven Jonke, and Christoph Katzler in 1998. They collaborate on projects that take them beyond industrial design.
Wanås Konst Live Art
In June, Joanna Kotze performs as part of her research before her return in 2023 as a Guest Curator Dance. Joanna Kotze has a long and prestigious dance career and has recently concluded her pandemic project Long Distance Dialogues, an exchange of dance and movement with twelve dancers and choreographers in different parts of the world, among them Omagbitse Omagbemi (Berlin), Liyabuya Gonga (Johannesburg), Stuart Shugg (New South Wales), and Björn Säfsten (Stockholm). The Guest Curator Dance is selected by Wanås Konst’s collaborative partner Rachel Tess and her residency program MARC, and continues the active investment in live art programming that began in 2014.
More 2022 News – Expanding Encounters with Art
In 2022, the new workshop is opening in the former Art Gallery, cementing art education as an important part of activities year-round.
"The goal is to expand the visit to Wanås Konst, what it is and what can be gained from it, for visitors of all ages. We hope that more of our visitors will have the opportunity to participate in some form of creative project and broadening their understanding of art and exhibitions during their visits"., says Elisabeth Millqvist, artistic director.
For many years, Wanås Konst has involved artists and visitors in creativity and has arranged workshops, summer camps, and school visits. The recent development is a natural progression from Jeppe Hein’s initiative from 2013, when he transformed the Art Gallery into a workshop and invited visitors to be creative. Education takes central stage in the Gallery when the exhibition space is converted into a maker space with reception area, shop, and café.
Indoor installations can mainly be found in the enormous barn from the middle of the 1750s whose cathedral-like space has been used for installations by artists such as Chiaru Shiota, Martin Jacobsen, and Kimsooja.