During the summer of 2017, Pilane pays tribute to the legendary Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017) by showing the artist’s great installation "Ten Seated Figures" - a work of art that connects to Pilane’s role as a historical meeting place thousands of years old. Magdalena Abakanowicz is represented in collections at the world’s foremost museums, MOMA in New York among others. Magdalena Abakanowicz died recently, aged 86.
This summer, you can once again experience on of the world’s largest and most beautiful works of art - the 14-metre tall woman’s head ANNA by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa – installed high above land and sea with an uninterrupted view of the Bohuslän archipelago.
British artist Tony Cragg exhibits three sculptures placed across the undulating, rocky, southern section of Pilane. This spring, Cragg accepted the American sculpture prize "Lifetime Achievement Award", which was previously also awarded Magdalena Abakanowicz.
Another British artist exhibiting at Pilane in 2017 is Sophie Ryder, who often uses hares and other animals to express human qualities and emotions. In Pilane, Ryder exhibits two large works of art, including the group "Introspective".
Swedish artist Pia Hedström shows "Life Capsule", which can be experienced as "a colour capsule in a different world". We also welcome the return of French artist Xavier Veilhan, who this season shows the futuristic man "Michael". Martin Sjöberg has given the work of art "Breaking Through" a new dramatic location.
Last, but not least, it feels great to be able to present a work of art by one of the many Syrian refugees seeking shelter in Sweden in recent times. The name of the work of art is "Syrian Horse", created by artist Mohannad Soleman. Don’t miss it!
Sculpture in Pilane – nominated as one of Europe’s 10 best sculpture parks!
Along with Lousiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and Vigeland Park in Oslo, Sculpture in Pilane on Swedish island Tjörn was last year nominated as "10 of the best sculpture parks in Europe" by British The Guardian. The other top 10 sculpture parks are found in Austria, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy.
The Guardian describes the meeting between ANNA, by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, and the cultural landscape of Bohuslän like this: "A giant white marble head stands atop a rocky plateau. With its eyes closed it looks particularly serene and who wouldn’t be in the ancient, rugged landscape of Tjörn island, an hour north of Gothenburg. Contemporary works by international artists punctuate the stone circles and grazing sheep. This is not a manicured park with trails to stick to – some works involve a bit of a climb, so bring sturdy boots".
Pilane – meeting place between people and cultures for thousands of years.
12.000 years ago. Pilane was covered by a one-kilometres thick blanket of ice.
10.000 years ago. The ice had melted enough that the higher sections of Pilane was above water. Reindeer hunters followed flocks of reindeer grazing by the edge of the inland ice.
4.500 years ago. Farming Stone Age. Traces of seasonal settlements can be found where the parking areas is today. Among other things, there have been finds of funnel beaker pottery – ornate and very beautiful. Enormous shell banks have been created, later giving Pilane the calcium soil that has enabled today’s rich variety in species.
3.000 years ago. Bronze Age. Ceramic artefacts have been found near today’s car park, which was a beach at the time. The nearby rock carving with 15 ships dates back to this time.
2.000 years ago. There was now a large settlement around Pilane. There are grave fields of about 90 visible graves dating back to between 500 BC and 1000 AD. The type of graves is from the Roman Iron Age and the migration age. There are also stone circles known as “judges’ rings” as they were used as courts.
Present. Archaeological excavations have found that Pilane wasn’t just a settlement and burial place, but a meeting place for people and cultures. Pilane as a meeting place is also the focus of today’s Pilane. Around the grave field, a sculpture exhibition has been displaying art works by leading artists from round the globe since 2007. There are new works of art each summer.
Sculpture in Pilane is a private, independent and non-commercial initiative run by Pilane Heritage Museum AB (svb).
20 May - 3 Sept, daily 9am-7pm.
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Café, art and shop.
Here, you can enjoy something home baked with your coffee. Try our freshly baked cardamom buns, our creamy chocolate cake with whipped cream, or why not our refreshing lemon pie. If you are hungry, we serve quiche of the day with salad and bread, our signature plate of salmon and potato salad, or filling sandwiches. Lighter options include smoothies and raw-food coconut balls. Children’s sizes are available.
At the farm, there are sculptures to explore for both young and old. Our shop sells beautiful Pilane Heritage sheepskins, new Danish ceramics by Jeanette List Amstrup, Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Schou Nordentoft, tasty teas from Harney & Sons and gorgeous sheepskin products from Studio Guldtackan.
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BBC World News recommends Pilane
Sculpture in Pilane’s reputation is spreading globally. BBC World News is the latest outlet which has promoted Pilane as a worthwhile destination to its 74 million weekly viewers. See the coverage here. The images are from the 2012 exhibition.
I vår utställningsshop kan du handla våra vackra Pilane Heritage Fårskinn. Unna dig ett fårskinn av högsta kvalitet och stöd samtidigt Pilane Heritage Museums arbete.