In September, Danish-American curator, institutional leader, and author Milena Høgsberg steps into her new role as Director and Chief Curator of Wanås Konst. Høgsberg has a long international career behind her with a particular focus on contemporary art.
" I am thrilled that we’ve been able to recruit Milena Høgsberg as new Director and Chief Curator of Wanås Konst. With her deep roots in contemporary art, she will further develop Wanås Konst in exciting ways. Her experience from several Nordic institutions, along with her broad international network, will strengthen connections with our neighboring countries and create new and exciting collaborations” , says Fabian Hielte, chairman of the board of directors for Wanås Konst.
Milena Høgsberg brings substantial curatorial and directorial experience from such institutions as the Henie Onstad Art Center and Lofoten International Art Festival in Norway, and Holbæk Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde in Denmark. She has many years of experience producing new installations on a large scale with artists such as Lea Porsager, Sondra Perry, and Ane Graff. Together with Iris Müller-Westermann, Høgsberg curated the large solo exhibition Hilma af Klint – Artist, Researcher, Medium at Moderna Museet Malmö.
” I have followed Wanås Konst’s program for many years, and I look forward to working with the team as we continue to develop Wanås as a destination and as a place for unique encounters with international contemporary art and nature", says Milena Høgsberg, new Director and Chief Curator of Wanås Konst.
Wanås Konst is an international sculpture park and a center for art and learning that is run by the non-profit organization called The Wanås Foundation. Here, with a focus on sculpture and installations but also other creative disciplines such as dance, design, and writing, international contemporary art is created, presented, and communicated. Every year, international artists are invited to create art in the sculpture park. Today, there are 70 permanent artworks in the collection–all produced by Wanås Konst.The communicative, pedagogical, and accessibility-focused work being done at Wanås Konst is both strong and growing.
Milena Høgsberg succeeds directorial duo Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell, for Wanås Konst from 2011 to 2022. Elisabeth Millqvist assumed her new role as director of Moderna Museet Malmö in August of this year.
ABOUT WANÅS KONST – CENTER FOR ART & LEARNING
Wanås Konst – Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. The permanent collection in the sculpture park is complemented with a program of temporary exhibitions, both outdoors and indoors, and events such as guided tours, artists’ talks, performances and workshops engaging a wide audience. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way. The collection in the sculpture park has 70 permanent works, created specifically for The Wanås Art Foundation – Wanås Konst by artists such as Igshaan Adams, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, William Forsythe, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Robert Wilson.
Since 1987 more than 300 artists have taken part in exhibitions. The sculpture park covers 40 ha and is explored on foot. A visit including the current program and the collection takes from 2,5 h to 4h. Additional special walks and activities are available depending on program and season.
Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Art Foundation, a non-profit foundation created in 1994, in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. 2011-2022 the foundation was led by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Wanås Konst is part supported by state, regional (Region Skåne) and municipal funding, part self financed, as well as supported by private foundations and sponsors.
Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. At Wanås the sculpture park Wanås Konst, Wanås Restaurant Hotel and Wanås Estate coexist and a private 15th century castle is also found on site. Wanås Konst is part of European Land + Art Network (ELAN) and Wanås is a sustainable destination. (ELAN).
The Sculpture Park is open daily, all year round, 10 am–5 pm.
Wanås Konst, Shop & Deli, Café open hours 2022:
Mar. 5 – May 1, Sat-Sun 10am – 4pm*
May 7 – Oct. 2, daily 10am – 5pm**
Oct 6 – Nov 6, Thurs-Sun 11am – 4pm***
*Easter Break Hours: April 11 – 18, daily 10am – 4pm
**Midsummer Eve: June 24, closed
***Fall Break: also Oct. 31– Nov. 2
Wanås Restaurant Hotel – is open for hotel guests, conferences and booked dinner guests see www.wanasrh.se
FALL 2022 - STRÖMHOLM AND CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY MEET IN THE SCULPTURE PARK
Exhibition period: Sep 10 – Nov 6 2022
Opening: September 10, 10 am - 5 pm
The exhibition is made in collaboration with Christer Strömholm Estate
For the first time, photography is the focus of the sculpture park. Wanås Konst’s Fall 2022 exhibition Where Does Anything Actually Begin? starts with a collection of photographic images by legendary Swedish artist Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) and creates links to central contemporary global art with photography as a narrative tool – Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff (Sweden), Aziz Hazara (Afghanistan), Gosette Lubondo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Eric Magassa (Sweden), and Eiko Otake (Japan) with William Johnston (USA). Read more
Wanås Art - Center for Art and Learning, produces and communicates art that challenges and changes the view of society, outdoors in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne. In addition to the permanent collection, extensive temporary exhibitions are shown outdoors and indoors, with accompanying programs with screenings, artist talks and workshops for a wide audience. Wanås Art produces site-specific international contemporary art and learning with innovation and accessibility for all as keywords. In the sculpture park and the permanent collection, there are about 70 site-specific works in the landscape that were created especially for Wanås Art by artists such as Igshaan Adams, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, William Forsythe, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, and Ann-Sofi Sidén etc. Since 1987, more than 300 artists have participated in exhibitions. The sculpture park covers 40 hectares and is explored on foot. Wanås Konst is run by the independent non-profit Foundation Wanås Utställningar created in 1994. Marika Wachtmeister founded the business in 1987 and led it until 2010. Since 2011, the business is led by the management duo Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. The operation is financed through support from Östra Göinge municipality, Region Skåne, state support own revenues and private funds and sponsorship. Wanås Konst is a member of the European Land + Art Network (ELAN). Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Wanås Art, Wanås Restaurant Hotel and Wanås Gods AB operate at Wanås and there is also a medieval castle. Wanås is located in Östra Göinge municipality in northeastern Skåne 1.5 hours from Malmö / Copenhagen. For more info please see www.wanas.se