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The Wanås Foundation

A collection that plays with exceptional nature accompanied by art, turning artistic interventions into remarkable pieces of land art.

In the Swedish town of Knislinge, collectors Marika and Charles Wachtmeister opened The Wanås Foundation a continually evolving sculpture park, that shows an impressive collection of site-specific installations, made by some of the most renowned contemporary artists of today such as Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramović, Antony Gormley, Jeppe Hein and Robert Wilson.

Originally founded in 1987, Wanås Konst has a strong emphasis on its innovative educational program, inviting visitors to interact with the pieces installed and take part in participatory works that are to be found in the estate. The main exhibition space is open all year round and is always worth a visit, no matter if it’s a Swedish summer day or in winter, when everything is covered in a thick white blanket of snow.

Largely made up of materials such as bronze and stone, surprises can also be found in the shape of a wooden treehouse that effortlessly blend into its surrounding landscape or a contemporary spot-the-artwork puzzle that is just waiting to be discovered.

ANDREA RAY, Recall, 2006.
Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANDREA RAY, Recall, 2006. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ROBERT WILSON, A House for Edwin Denby, 2000.
Photo: Peripixel
ROBERT WILSON, A House for Edwin Denby, 2000. Photo: Peripixel
Upcoming exhibition in 2016 with NATHALIE DJURBERG and HANS BERG, A Thief Caught in the Act, 2015, Installation at Aros, 2015. Photo: Wanås Konst
Upcoming exhibition in 2016 with NATHALIE DJURBERG and HANS BERG, A Thief Caught in the Act, 2015, Installation at Aros, 2015. Photo: Wanås Konst
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Thibault Jeansenstenhus
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Thibault Jeansenstenhus
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ANN HAMILTON, lignum, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ, Les Inséparables, 2000-2008. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ, Les Inséparables, 2000-2008. Photo: Anders Norrsell
TUE GREENFORT, Milk Heat, 2009. Photo: Anders Norrsell
TUE GREENFORT, Milk Heat, 2009. Photo: Anders Norrsell
CHARLOTTE GYLLENHAMMAR, Svindel/Vertigo, 2002.
Photo: Anders Norrsell
CHARLOTTE GYLLENHAMMAR, Svindel/Vertigo, 2002. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARINA ABRAMOVIC, The Hunt Chair for Animal Spirits, 1998.
Courtesy the artist, Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARINA ABRAMOVIC, The Hunt Chair for Animal Spirits, 1998. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Anders Norrsell
ROXY PAINE, Façade/Billboard, 2010. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ROXY PAINE, Façade/Billboard, 2010. Photo: Anders Norrsell
DAN GRAHAM, Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000. Photo: Anders Norrsell
DAN GRAHAM, Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000. Photo: Anders Norrsell
SRINIVASA PRASAD, In and Out, 2012. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
SRINIVASA PRASAD, In and Out, 2012. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
MIROSLAW BALKA, Play-pit, 2000. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MIROSLAW BALKA, Play-pit, 2000. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MAYA LIN, 11 Minute Line, 2004. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MAYA LIN, 11 Minute Line, 2004. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
JAN SVENUNGSSON, Den åttonde skorstenen/The Eighth Chimney, 2007. Photo: Anders Norrsell
JAN SVENUNGSSON, Den åttonde skorstenen/The Eighth Chimney, 2007. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ROBERT WILSON, A House for Edwin Denby, 2000. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
ROBERT WILSON, A House for Edwin Denby, 2000. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002. Photo: Erik Karlsson
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002. Photo: Erik Karlsson
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002. Photo: Erik Karlsson
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002. Photo: Erik Karlsson
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002. Photo: Erik Karlsson
JENNY HOLZER, Wanås Wall, 2002. Photo: Erik Karlsson
IGSHAAN ADAMS, I Am You, 2015. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
IGSHAAN ADAMS, I Am You, 2015. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
HANNELIE COETZEE, The old sow between the trees, 2015. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
HANNELIE COETZEE, The old sow between the trees, 2015. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
SISSEL TOLAAS, Terra Maximus, 1989. Photo: Anders Norrsell
SISSEL TOLAAS, Terra Maximus, 1989. Photo: Anders Norrsell
RAFFAEL RHEINSBERG, Svart Linje, 1989. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
RAFFAEL RHEINSBERG, Svart Linje, 1989. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
LONE LARSEN, Altare, 1996. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
LONE LARSEN, Altare, 1996. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
SARAH SCHWARTZ, Mother, 1990. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
SARAH SCHWARTZ, Mother, 1990. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
THOM MERRICK, Whitney Outhouse of American Art, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
THOM MERRICK, Whitney Outhouse of American Art, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
PÅL SVENSSON, Sprungen Ur, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
PÅL SVENSSON, Sprungen Ur, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
YOKO ONO, Wish Trees for Wanås, 2011. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
YOKO ONO, Wish Trees for Wanås, 2011. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst
BERNARD KIRSCHENBAUM, Cable Arc, 1987. Photo: Anders Norrsell
BERNARD KIRSCHENBAUM, Cable Arc, 1987. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MALIN HOLMBERG, I will stop loving you, 2010.
Photo: Anders Norrsell
MALIN HOLMBERG, I will stop loving you, 2010. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARTIN PURYEAR, Meditation in a Beech Wood, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARTIN PURYEAR, Meditation in a Beech Wood, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARTIN PURYEAR, Meditation in a Beech Wood, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
MARTIN PURYEAR, Meditation in a Beech Wood, 1996. Photo: Anders Norrsell
PER KIRKEBY, Wanås, 1994. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell
PER KIRKEBY, Wanås, 1994. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Anders Norrsell

See our Collection Portrait here.

Wanås Foundation is included in the Art Guide.