PART 1 – The Ocean in the Forest – Lavanya Mani
Lavanya Mani's solo presentation, Fables, reveals meticulously crafted and dyed textile artworks, many created for The Ocean in the Forest exhibition. At the center of the installation in the Studio gallery is The Ark: Animals of the world complain to the Raven (2018–19), a central work in the artist’s oeuvre, portraying animals seeking refuge from rising waters. Drawing from ancient mythologies, fables, historic colonialist trade, and present-day ecological concerns, Mani weaves a multilayered cautionary narrative of ecological catastrophe.
Opening March 23 10 am–4 pm
Press Preview March 22, 11 am
Exhibition Period March 23–June 23
Program Opening Day
10.00 Wanås Konst opens
10.30 Artist talk and bubbles for kids – ask the artist your questions (for kids and their adults)
11.00 Creative workshop opens – be inspired by Lavanya Mani’s art (drop in all day)
13.00 Guided tour in the sculpture park – get to know the collection (in Swedish)
14.00 Artist Talk – Lavanya Mani in conversation with Milena Høgsberg
PART 2 – The Ocean in the Forest – Youmna Chlala, Evan Ifekoya, Eduardo Navarro
Part II of this year’s large group exhibition will open with new commissions in the sculpture park by Youmna Chlala, Evan Ifekoya, and Eduardo Navarro.
Youmna Chlala works with drawings, sculptures, and installations at the intersection of language, architecture, and fate. For this exhibition, she is producing a text work about the collective memory embedded in landscapes, fossils and dreams where oceans and forests meet.
Evan Ifekoya is interested in the interplay between sound, architecture, place, and the human body. In the sculpture park, the artist presents an architectonic intervention in a tea pavilion with a thatched roof, presumably built in the early part of the 20th century, exploring the transformational power of light, sound, movement, and Black queerness.
Eduardo Navarro creates sculptural installations and moments that impact the senses and our understanding of the world around us. In the sculpture park, his work invites the wind, the forest, and visitors to experience a musical playground.
Opening May 4, 10 am–5 pm (in presence of the artists)
Press preview May 2 (in the presence of the artists)
Exhibition Period May 4–Nov 3
Other Highlights During the Year
In response to the climate crisis, Wanås Konst strives to become an ecologically sustainable institution. This commitment involves reflection on its role as a producer of new site-specific artworks and steward of a “permanent” collection in a forest that doubles as a nature preserve and home to diverse creatures and plants. The Collection Highlights this year feature works by Martin Puryear and Kimsooja, each made for sites in the forest part of the sculpture park, reflecting the elements and shifting with the seasons in rhythm with their surroundings.
Martin Puryear: Meditation in a Beech Wood
Martin Puryear's monumental reed sculpture, Meditation in a Beech Wood (1996), nestled within the beech forest, will be restored this summer. Visitors are invited to witness the entire process and engage with the craftspeople involved. In September, the project will culminate with a seminar where the artist will unveil the remade sculpture. The transformative journey unfolds from mid-June to September. Seminar with Martin Puryear on September 5th.
Kimsooja: A Laundry Field
Kimsooja’s A Laundry Field, a work commissioned for Wanås in 2020 and acquired last year, graces the sculpture park this summer. Embodied in one hundred white sheets, adorned with monograms and lace, the installation sways gracefully in the wind, evoking reflections on homemaking, life, and death. The work will be on view from June 26 to September 29.
Wanås Art & Words Festival
Wanås Art & Words Festival is an immersive and embodied literature festival, engaging all the senses, dedicated to delving into human kinships with other species, the earth, knowledge, traditions, and each other through art, conversations, creative workshops, nature walks, and culinary experiences. Following the success of its inaugural edition, Mycocosm, which explored fungi and mycelium networks in 2023, this year's festival will explore themes tied to the group exhibition, The Ocean in the Forest. The festival will span several weekends from September to October.
Wanås Art Club and the Studio
Throughout Easter, summer, and fall breaks, as well as other holidays, Wanås Konst offers daily creative drop-in workshops in the Studio. Wanås Konst also features an active Art Club for all ages. As part of a new initiative, Wanås Art Club is organizing a monthly Senior Art Circle and Art Club 15+, catering to members aged 15 to 18. In addition, Wanås Konst will host a "kollo" (day camp) specifically designed for teens aged 13–15 during the summer.