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Wanås Foundation

In southern Sweden lies a private collection buried deep in a castle’s grounds, sheds and barns. Since 1987, the outdoor sculpture project has developed next to the Wanås castle, the private home of Charles and Marika Wachtmeister, and from early on they created the foundation that runs the outdoor exhibitions of contemporary art. A couple of years ago the collector couple handed the estate over to the next generation: Baltzar and Kristina Wachtmeister.

Using the sprawling castle estate as the backdrop to the exhibitions from the foundation’s collection, collector Marika Wachtmeister dedicated the space to exhibit sculptures and site-specific works from artists such as Dan Graham, Igshaan Adams, Jeppe Hein, Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer and Ann Hamilton to name a few.

In addition to the permanent installations, the Wanås Foundation is also known world-wide for its atmospheric sound works by renowned sound artists such as Robert Wilson and Janet Cardiff. Currently, over seventy permanent artworks are installed on the estate, as well as in a spacious stable built in 1759 that has been converted into a gallery and hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

New to the foundation in 2017 is that a small exclusive eleven-room Nordic hotel, run by Kristina Wachtmeister, that offers guests from all over the world the possibility to enjoy the nature and collection around the clock.

IGSHAAM ADAMS, I Am You, 2015
IGSHAAM ADAMS, I Am You, 2015
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, In Dreams, 2016. Courtesy Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, In Dreams, 2016. Courtesy Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, In Dreams, 2016. Courtesy Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, In Dreams, 2016. Courtesy Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, In Dreams, 2016. Courtesy Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, In Dreams, 2016. Courtesy Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, Gates of the Festival, 2016. Photo: Mattias Givell
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG, Gates of the Festival, 2016. Photo: Mattias Givell
WILLIAM FORSYTHE, Alignigung, 2016. Photo: Mattias Givell
WILLIAM FORSYTHE, Alignigung, 2016. Photo: Mattias Givell
SONIA KHURANA, Lying Down on the Ground Additional Notes, 2009. Photo: Mattias Givell
SONIA KHURANA, Lying Down on the Ground Additional Notes, 2009. Photo: Mattias Givell
SONIA KHURANA, Lying Down on the Ground Additional Notes, 2009. Photo: Mattias Givell
SONIA KHURANA, Lying Down on the Ground Additional Notes, 2009. Photo: Mattias Givell
ANTONY GORMLEY, Together and Apart, 1998
ANTONY GORMLEY, Together and Apart, 1998
SISSEL TOLAAS, Terra Maximus, 1989
SISSEL TOLAAS, Terra Maximus, 1989
ANNE THULIN, Double Dribble, 2010
ANNE THULIN, Double Dribble, 2010
MELISSA MARTIN, Dining Room, 2006
MELISSA MARTIN, Dining Room, 2006
ROXY PAINE, Impostor, 1999
ROXY PAINE, Impostor, 1999
TOMÁS SARACENO, 3x12MW / Flying Garden / Air-Port-City, 2007. Specifically shown in 2007. Not included in the permanent collection. Photo: Anders Norrsell
TOMÁS SARACENO, 3x12MW / Flying Garden / Air-Port-City, 2007. Specifically shown in 2007. Not included in the permanent collection. Photo: Anders Norrsell
JEPPE HEIN, Cage & Mirror, 2013 (detail). Non-permanent work. Shown at the 2013 exhibition
JEPPE HEIN, Cage & Mirror, 2013 (detail). Non-permanent work. Shown at the 2013 exhibition
CAROLINA FALKHOLT, Train of Thoughts, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
CAROLINA FALKHOLT, Train of Thoughts, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
EVA MAG, Hinder, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
EVA MAG, Hinder, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
HENRIK PLENGE JAKOBSEN, If the People Have No Bread – let Them Eat Cake, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
HENRIK PLENGE JAKOBSEN, If the People Have No Bread – let Them Eat Cake, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
HENRIK PLENGE JAKOBSEN, If the People Have No Bread – let Them Eat Cake, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
HENRIK PLENGE JAKOBSEN, If the People Have No Bread – let Them Eat Cake, 2017. Photo: Mattias Givell
(front) ANN-SOFI SIDÉN, Fideicommissum, 2000; (back) ANNE THULIN, Double Dribble, 2010
(front) ANN-SOFI SIDÉN, Fideicommissum, 2000; (back) ANNE THULIN, Double Dribble, 2010
SRINIVASA PRASAD, Prasad, In and Out, 2012
SRINIVASA PRASAD, Prasad, In and Out, 2012
TADASHI KAWAMATA, Tree Hut Wanås, 2014. Photo: Andreas Pluskota
TADASHI KAWAMATA, Tree Hut Wanås, 2014. Photo: Andreas Pluskota
JANET CARDIFF, Wanås Walk, 1998. Photo: Anders Norrsell
JANET CARDIFF, Wanås Walk, 1998. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARY SIBANDE, Let Slip the Dogs of War, 2015. Non-permanent work. Shown at the exhibition
MARY SIBANDE, Let Slip the Dogs of War, 2015. Non-permanent work. Shown at the exhibition "Barriers – Contemporary South Africa" in 2015
NANDIPHA MNTAMBO, Enticed Contemplation, 2015
NANDIPHA MNTAMBO, Enticed Contemplation, 2015
YOKO ONO, Wish Trees for Wanås, 1996/2011
YOKO ONO, Wish Trees for Wanås, 1996/2011
JENE HIGHSTEIN, Grey Clam, 1990/2001. Photo: Anders Norrsell
JENE HIGHSTEIN, Grey Clam, 1990/2001. Photo: Anders Norrsell
Gum Boot dance workshop with MELODY PUTU from Skånes Dansteater
Gum Boot dance workshop with MELODY PUTU from Skånes Dansteater
Skånes Dansteater, performing in front of Wanås, 1994, by PER KIRKEBY
Skånes Dansteater, performing in front of Wanås, 1994, by PER KIRKEBY
MOLLY HASLUND, Three Double Wall Bars for Minimal Movements – Coordination Model 6, 2014
MOLLY HASLUND, Three Double Wall Bars for Minimal Movements – Coordination Model 6, 2014
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002 (detail)
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002 (detail)
JAMES WEBB, Prayer (Malmö), 2015
JAMES WEBB, Prayer (Malmö), 2015
PÅL SVENSSON, Sprung From, 1996
PÅL SVENSSON, Sprung From, 1996
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002 (detail). Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002 (detail). Photo: Anders Norrsell
LOUISE BOURGEOIS, Maman, 1999. Non-permanent work. Photo: Anders Norrsell
LOUISE BOURGEOIS, Maman, 1999. Non-permanent work. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, The Hunt Chair for Animal Spirits, 1998
MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, The Hunt Chair for Animal Spirits, 1998

The Wanås Foundation is featured in the Art Guide.