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".