The website of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation has been opened. So far it is only in swedish.
Some of the info at the website:
The idea for the sculpture project at the Royal Djurgården was born when the Crown Princess couple was patron of Umeå, the European Capital of Culture in 2014. They then visited Umedalen's Sculpture Park, which aroused an interest in creating something similar in Stockholm. During the years 2016 - 2018, private exhibitions were carried out with Tony Cragg, Eva Hild and Jaume Plensa in collaboration with Kungl. Djurgården's management.
From 2020, this activity will be organized by the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation, which was formed in the fall of 2019. Through this project, the foundation wants to contribute to a general increased interest in contemporary art and to strengthen Stockholm's position as an important cultural city in Europe.
Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation will develop and grow organically and dynamically based on the contemporary environment. The focus in the near future is on the temporary sculpture exhibitions at the Royal Djurgården. The idea is that these yearly temporary exhibitions should be supplemented by a permanent part within a number of years. The goal is to create a permanent sculpture park in Stockholm that will be a given visitor destination and a national as well as an international concern.
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Organization of the cultural foundation
The foundation's board is assisted by an artistic council and the organization is run by an executive director.
The Board, photo taken on 16th December at the Royal Palace.
H.R.H. Prince Daniel, initiator and member
Elin Annwall, Member
Johan Ericsson, chairman
Lena Josefsson, Member
Staffan Larsson, governor and member
Sara Sandström Nilsson, executive director
Artistic council, photo taken in 28th January at the Royal Palace.
Richard Julin, Head of Accelerator, Stockholm
Iris Müller-Westerman, director of Moderna Museet in Malmö
Lars Nittve, former head of Tate Modern in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and M + in Hong Kong
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About the Foundation's first exhibition, the press release has been given out today.
“It is a pleasure to present Alice Aycock's first separate exhibition in Sweden and we hope that her sculptures at the Royal Djurgården will inspire many unexpected people conversations, new thoughts and reflections." Sara Sandström Nilsson, Executive Director Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation
Princess Estelle's Cultural Foundation is closely following the development of the corona pandemic and will adhere to the applicable directives and guidelines. Despite the uncertainty and difficulties, the ambition is to carry out the exhibition as planned.
- In these troubled times, art and culture are needed more than ever. When museums and cultural institutions temporarily shuts down its public operations, and it is difficult to experience culture in any other way than in digital shape, art experiences offered outdoors will be particularly sought after. The hope is that the situation is improving and that many will be able to take part in Alice Aycock's exhibition this summer, says Sara Sandström Nilsson, executive director at Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation
Alice Aycock's exhibition will be the first to be arranged under the auspices of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation. It will also be Aycock's first separate exhibition in Scandinavia. The exhibition period is scheduled for June 7 - September 27.
Alice Aycock, born in 1946, lives and operates in New York and has had great success internationally since the early 1970s. She received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture in 2018. The award is presented by the International Sculpture Center to highlight artists who are champions of sculptural processes and techniques, and who through their life's work have exemplarily contributed to the development and promotion of the sculpture field as a whole.
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Alice Aycock with the Board of the Foundation, photo taken on 3rd September 2019 at Haga Palace.
Six sculptures at the first exhibition
Exhibition at the Royal Djurgården
The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation continues to use the exhibition space below Tekniska Museet and Rosendal Palace which has been incorporated since the sculpture project was started in 2016. The location is now, if possible, even more optimal with Folke Bernadotte's bridge inaugurated in September 2019, which means it will be even easier for visitors to get between the different sculptures that are located on either side of the water. The footpath along the Djurgård Canal is visited by nearly 15 million people annually and is one of Sweden's most visited places.
The exhibition period is planned for June 7 - September 27.
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Sculpture Untitled Cyclone
At the website of the Royal Palaces
Skulpturutställning 2020 - Kungliga slotten
Article at Di Weekend
An art icon swirls into Djurgården
Huge sculptures by American artist Alice Aycock are displayed at Djurgården this summer. Behind the initiative are Prince Daniel and art expert Sara Sandström Nilsson.
In recent years, Djurgården has been transformed into a sculpture park during the summer months. The artists Tony Cragg, Eva Hild and Jaume Plensa have all been exhibited in large formats along Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen. The grip has been appreciated by both the passers-by and the artists. Djurgården is one of Stockholm's most visited parks.
Now in the summer, American sculptor Alice Aycock's works come to town and a royal foundation, Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation, has been formed for its implementation. Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria are the initiators of the foundation. The foundation is funded by private donations, but those who donate are not public.
- There is a royal tradition of supporting cultural life and we are convinced that art and culture are a necessity in an open and modern society, says Prince Daniel.
It will be Alice Aycock's first major solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Six large sculptures are on display. The artist tells Di Weekend that she was attracted by Djurgården's "beautiful environment". She visited Stockholm last fall at the invitation of the foundation.
- The sculptures we have chosen are about movements that are often invisible, like the movements of the wind and the water. By putting them outdoors, they will have a conversation with the surrounding nature, says Alice Aycock.
A lunch with the prince at Haga Palace, Moderna museet, Rosendal's garden and a closed Gröna Lund were included in the Stockholm visit.
- Alice Aycock visited Stockholm during those September days when the sun was gassing and the dahlias were still blooming in Rosendal's garden. It was like a tourist movie, says the foundation's executive director Sara Sandström Nilsson, who previously ran the gallery Andersson Sandström.
The large white swirling aluminum sculptures which will be on display at Djurgården were manufactured as late as 2017. The art has been linked to climate change and extreme weather as they bring the thoughts to hurricanes.
Executive director Sara Sandström Nilsson is relieved that the artworks that exist in the US are already on a boat across the Atlantic.
- Given the corona virus, there has been a certain level of concern. But they are packaged and are on a boat, says Sara Sandström Nilsson.
Despite the current uncertainty, the ambition is to carry out the exhibition at Djurgården.
- In these troubled times, art and culture are needed more than ever. When museums and cultural institutions close, we believe that outdoor art experiences are particularly sought after, says Sara Sandström Nilsson.
En konstikon virvlar in på Djurgården - Di Weekend