Due to technical problems during the installation, Solar Egg is unfortunately partly covered until further notice. /Artipelag, April 17th, 2019
Last year’s Detour outdoor exhibition is succeeded by this year’s Sculpture in nature. Exhibits from Detour – some in the same position as last year and others in new locations – coexist with new artworks.
As its name suggests, Sculpture in nature is about the synergy created when artworks are displayed against a natural backdrop rather than in the customary neutral white cube. A synergy that has always been very important at Artipelag, not simply via the placement of artworks, but also through the venue’s architecture, and the way that natural elements occupy space indoors and are welcomed in through the walls and roof.
Artworks that have been repositioned include Per Kirkeby’s bronze sculpture Monument, which has left its romantic forest setting to occupy a more central position that accentuates its architectonic relevance. Klara Kristalova’s What holds me back carries me further has also moved from its position in the mystical forest to a more open space, where the sculpture’s kinetic energy is intensified to the point where it seems poised to escape its bond with nature.
This year’s outdoor exhibition features two new artworks that have also been added to the Artipelag collection.
Bigert & Bergström’s Solar Egg (2017), which was previously lended from Riksbyggen and displayed during the Eye of the Storm exhibition, has now been produced in a version exclusively for Artipelag and is getting a permanent position here that unifies its sculptural qualities with the social dimension of the sauna as a meeting place. The Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere’s sculpture Rodt, 6 January (2012) will also be arriving here shortly. The sculpture depicts a dead deer on a stone slab, a reminder of the interplay between people and nature, and of the delicate balance that we need to preserve.