• Dan Graham
    Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000

  • Jenny Holzer
    Wanås Wall, 2002

  • Antony Gormley
    Together and Apart, 1998

  • Henrik Håkansson
    The Reserve (001), 2009

  • Sarah Schwartz
    Mother, 1990

  • Dan Graham
    Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000

  • Jenny Holzer
    Wanås Wall, 2002

  • Antony Gormley
    Together and Apart, 1998

  • Henrik Håkansson
    The Reserve (001), 2009

  • Sarah Schwartz
    Mother, 1990

  • Dan Graham
    Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000

  • Jenny Holzer
    Wanås Wall, 2002

  • Antony Gormley
    Together and Apart, 1998

  • Henrik Håkansson
    The Reserve (001), 2009

  • Sarah Schwartz
    Mother, 1990

  • Dan Graham
    Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000

  • Jenny Holzer
    Wanås Wall, 2002

  • Antony Gormley
    Together and Apart, 1998

  • Henrik Håkansson
    The Reserve (001), 2009

  • Sarah Schwartz
    Mother, 1990

Art 2018

Thom Lundberg & Per Enoksson Up Up In The Tallest Tree

Opening Saturday June 9, 2018
Exhibition Period June 9 – September 23, 2018

"If we get up over the treetops, maybe we’ll be able to see what happened?"
"Her younger brother, who understood what Tora was trying to get him to go along with, objected: “Dad said we aren’t supposed to climb the Tall Tree. They say one time a boy was tied up in it—for so long, he died."
"Tora laughed: “I don’t believe that. And anyway: if we’re going to see anything, we have to get up above all of the other trees. Sometimes you have to be braver than the grown-ups think you should be."
"The pony waited while the siblings began climbing up towards the crown of the tree. Branch by branch, they pulled themselves upward. They crouched in the narrow notches, jumping from one perch to another. Her younger brother wondered if they would ever reach the top."
"Finally, they could get no higher. The birds had followed them the whole way, as if they wanted to show the children why they always flew off into the forest."
"Up in the treetops they sat, as if it were a floor of leaves. They gazed out over their surroundings. No matter where they looked, they saw the same thing: Devastation!"

Excerpt from Wanås Konst’s Children’s Book 2018 by Thom Lundberg (text) & Per Enoksson (image)

The Children's Book Project 2011–2018

Many of us have strong connections to our childhood books or to a particular children’s book—images we don’t forget, characters we identify with, or stories we were afraid of. In 2011, Wanås Konst began a series of children’s books with images by contemporary artists and texts by influential writers who haven’t previously worked with children’s books. The goal is to contribute to diversity and difference within children’s literature, attract readers, and provide entry points into art. The unifying framework of the series is that the narratives play out in the park at Wanås, among the art in reality and in fantasy.

In 2011, the children’s book series premiered with Den förtrollade parken [The Enchanted Park] by Astrid Trotzig and Fredrik Söderberg. It is a saga with spells, tears of pearls, and a mythical Water Witch in the park. The second book, The Sick Rose, is a picture book by artist Anna Camner that renders nature with pinecones and mushrooms, magnified and detailed.

In 2013, artist Jason Diakité wrote the text and Maria Bajt created the images. Their Kor kan drömma (Cows Can Dream) is a story about a cow who wonders what art is, with colourful pictures covering the pages of the book. The following year, Martina Lowden wrote a book of poems for word-lovers entitled Hur man blir en sten och andra sånger från svinskogen [How to Become a Stone and Other Songs from the Woods of the Wild Boars], inspired by Klara Kristalova’s imagery.

In 2015, Johanna Koljonen and Jenny Granlund asked how art is made in Jag vill bygga [I Want to Build], in which we follow the process behind some of the artworks in the park. Kor kan drömma was translated to English and published the next year, Cows Can Dream. It is also available as an audiobook in English and Arabic, and all of the books are available in audiobook format in Swedish.

Since 2016, there has been a space in the Art Gallery that Maria Bajt created together with Martin Kallin. It is a place to read, listen, and not least—imagine.

– Elisabeth Millqvist

“A child […] with her book creates her own images somewhere in the secret room of her soul, images that surpass everything else. Humans need these images. The day the child’s imagination no longer wants to create them is the day all of humanity becomes impoverished.“ ASTRID LINDGREN


Thom Lundberg & Per Enoksson. Photo Mattias Givell.

Thom Lundberg (born 1978 in Osby, lives in Lucerne, Switzerland) debuted in 2016 with the novel För vad sorg och smärta [For What Sorrow and Pain] (Albert Bonniers Förlag). The novel follows brothers Olof and Valentin, and gives insight to the Roma people in Sweden’s history, based on stories and songs that he heard as a child.

Per Enoksson (born 1965 in Tärnaby, lives in Umeå) is an artist trained at the Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå University. With chalk, ink, watercolour, and marker, Enoksson interweaves people, animals, architecture, and patterns into narrative imagery. He has also created several public artworks and exhibited at institutions such as Bildmuseet at Umeå University (2014), and the Eskilstuna konstmuseum (2012).