03-17-2020, 03:58 PM
The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation
The swedish royal court gave a press release on 4th February:
A new royal foundation has been formed, Prinsessan Estelles kulturstiftelse (The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation). The purpose of the foundation is to promote cultural activities in Sweden.
With this initiative the crown princess couple wants to emphasize the importance of art and culture to an open and modern society. The Foundation is also based on a strong royal tradition to promote cultural life in Sweden. The crown princess couple wants to actualize this and show long-term ambitions through the founding of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
The executive director is Sara Sandström Nilsson. The foundation's board consists of H.R.H. Prince Daniel, Elin Annwall, Operational Manager of The Crown Princess Couple's Foundation, Lena Josefsson, Chairman of the Friends of the Moderna Museet and Staffan Larsson, Governor of the Royal Palaces. The chairman of the board is Johan Ericsson.
The Board is assisted by an artistic council consisting of Richard Julin, Head of Accelerator in Stockholm, Iris Müller-Westerman, director of Moderna Museet in Malmö and Lars Nittve, former director of the Tate Modern in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and M + in Hong Kong.
The Foundation's activities are financed through private donations.
Prinsessan Estelles kulturstiftelse arrangerar skulpturutställning på Kungl. Djurgården - Sveriges Kungahus
Court Instagram and Facebook, the logo of the Foundation
This Foundation was founded already in August 2019, when Sara Sandström Nilsson, the executive director of The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation, was hired. She was 21 years the owner and director of Galleri Andersson/Sandström, which organised the three art exhibitions initiated by prince Daniel at Royal Djurgården in 2016-2018. She ended her work at the gallery in August 2019, and has been the executive director of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation since then.
Sara Sandström Nilsson _ LinkedIn
The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation is founded to promote cultural activities in Sweden. There is a Royal tradition of supporting Swedish cultural life and a conviction that culture is a necessity for an open and modern society. The Crown Princess couple has a strong commitment to environmental and health issues, so including culture is therefore perfectly natural.
Through the sculpture project at Kungliga Djurgården, the Foundation wants to highlight the importance of art since art experiences have witnessed positive effects, both at the individual level and for society at large. The interaction with contemporary art opens our minds, causes us to reflect, shape new thoughts, give us new knowledge and learn to embrace the unforeseen. Thus, contributing to enriching our common environment with contemporary art is not just about creating timeless monuments, but about awakening conversations and offering long-term quality of life for all.
Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation's activities are mainly financed through private donations. Together, a group of private individuals has built up a base capital and the return on this amount is used to pay the Foundation's ongoing operating costs. The founding group's generous efforts have made possible the existence of the Foundation.
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- It is a whole new foundation to which the Crown Princess couple has taken the initiative, says Sara Sandström Nilsson, who is the foundation's executive director.
- The idea for the sculpture project at the Royal Djurgården was born when the Crown Princess couple was the 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.
The years, 2016-18, were followed by sculpture exhibitions at the Royal Djurgården. Exhibitions that Prince Daniel inaugurated and that the Crown Princess couple wanted to continue with, but in a new form. And the new form became a foundation.
If the parents have informed Princess Estelle about the new foundation, which bears her name, Sara Sandström Nilsson doesn't want to go in. She refers instead to the court. However, she explains that there are long-term ambitions behind the initiative. This is one of the reasons why the foundation is named after Princess Estelle.
The board members consist of Staffan Larsson, Elin Anwall, Sara Sandström Nilsson, Lena Josefsson, Johan Ericsson and Prince Daniel. Victoria is an initiator with not being on the board. Perhaps this is because Daniel is the one who has opened the previous exhibitions and also because the couple already has so many engagements that they have to distribute the engagements, says Sara Sandström Nilsson.
Prinsessan Estelles nya kulturstiftelse _ Svensk Dam
The Swedish court has formed a new foundation - The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation. The foundation's first exhibition will be a temporary sculpture park.
In the summer of 2020, a sculpture exhibition is planned to be shown at Djurgården in Stockholm. The organizer is The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
Princess Estelle is Crown Princess Victoria's and Prince Daniel's firstborn. Prince Daniel is a board member of the foundation.
- The hope is that the art experiences will lead to many unexpected conversations and generally increased curiosity for culture, says Sara Sandström Nilsson, the foundation's executive director.
According to Sara Sandström Nilsson, Djurgården is an ideal place because it is open and easy to visit. No entrance fees will be charged.
Prinsessan Estelles kulturstiftelse arrangerar skulpturutställning – utställningen blir öppen för alla
03-17-2020, 04:05 PM
The Foundation's website
Prinsessan Estelles kulturstiftelse
The Foundation's Facebook
Prinsessan Estelles kulturstiftelse - Etusivu _ Facebook
Children are welcomed to a royal art project
How and why do you introduce contemporary art for children? When this year's sculpture exhibition is held at Djurgården in Stockholm, now in the name of Princess Estelle, a special investment is made aimed at children and young people.
For the past three years, sculpture exhibitions with Tony Cragg, Eva Hild and Jaume Plensa have been arranged along Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen in private direction in collaboration with the Royal Djurgården Administration. The initiative comes from Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, who have now formed Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation to give the summer exhibitions a new long-term view. Even a sculpture park can become a reality in the long run.
- Through this initiative you want to work in your own time. To show contemporary art in these environments is so wonderful because you reach such a large and varied audience, says Sara Sandström Nilsson, the foundation's executive director.
Who exhibits this summer is only revealed in March. New for this year is a commitment to daily guided tours and a conscious effort to make art more accessible to children as well.
- Among other things, we intend that schools not only close to the place but in the whole Sweden should be able to take part in an art pedagogical material so that the teachers can prepare themselves and the school children.
Together with Tekniska Museet, the foundation also works to develop projects where children are given the opportunity to work with various creative projects based on art.
TT: Agnes Lidbeck's debate post in Dagens Nyheter about messy children as disturbing to anyone who wants to see and think about art in museums has attracted criticism. Why is it important for children to see contemporary art?
- We know that contemporary art has positive effects not only on the individual but on society at large. The interaction with contemporary art opens up the senses, raises new thoughts and helps one to embrace the unforeseen. In addition to enriching our common environment, it offers the opportunity for conversation, says Sara Sandström Nilsson.
TT: So kids are not too small to absorb contemporary art?
- Absolutely not, on the contrary, it is very important to feel included in the art world from a young age. I would say that art experiences are a human right.
This year's sculpture exhibition at Djurgården is shown June 7 to September 27.
The Princess Estelle cultural foundation
A royal foundation formed on the initiative of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, whose purpose is to "promote cultural activities in Sweden". Initially, the focus is on sculpture exhibitions at Djurgården in Stockholm. The foundation's capital comes from private donations from 15 different families.
Barn hälsas välkomna till kungligt konstprojekt - HD
03-18-2020, 12:16 PM
According to the court calendar, Daniel had today a conference call meeting with the Steering group of The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
The meeting at the Royal Palace was changed to a conference call meeting due to the Public Health Agency's recommendations due to the corona virus.
03-27-2020, 01:29 AM
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.
Bakgrund – PREKS
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
Would you like to contribute?
Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation's activities are funded through private donations. Do you want to support the foundation? When paying for a gift, please enter your name and address.
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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.
Alice Aycock – PREKS
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.
Utställningen – PREKS
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
04-04-2020, 02:20 AM
And now the Foundation has website also in english
PREKS english – Prinsessan Estelles Kulturstiftelse
Like everyone else in society, the Foundation, which has long been meticulously planning and preparing Alice Aycock’s major Scandinavian debut exhibition, has had to realize and accept that there are forces and circumstances we cannot control but must adapt to. The coronavirus has swept the world with enormous force, and with catastrophic consequences from a global perspective.
It may seem like a remarkable coincidence that the artist the Foundation chose to present at Royal Djurgården in the summer of 2020 has devoted her entire career to creating visual metaphors for uncontrollable forces and energies. Combating an unknown virus can be compared to trying to stop the wind from blowing. Turbulences and extreme natural phenomena such as hurrica- nes and tornados have always fascinated Alice Aycock.
04-21-2020, 01:39 PM
Daniel had today a video meeting with the Board of The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
05-12-2020, 12:04 AM
The Foundation tells at its Instagram that preparations are underway for the new exhibition. In June, it will open at the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm.
05-15-2020, 08:54 AM
Princess Estelle's first digital mission!
Sunday, June 7, it's time! Then the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation has its very first official event. It will be a sculpture exhibition with Alice Aycock at the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm - and according to what the Svensk Damtidning experiences, Princess Estelle will in one way or another participate.
According to what Svensk Damtidning experiences, the coronalsituation means that a digital inauguration is planned, so a video in short. However, the court has no official details so far.
73-year-old Alice Aycock has had great international success since the early 1970s and is regarded as a female pioneer in sculpture. At Royal Djurgården she will show six of her monumental works from the series Turbulence, and this will be her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia.
The sculptures will be located on both sides of the Djurgård Canal, near Folke Bernadotte's bridge, and anyone who wants to can see them between June 7 and September 27.
- It is an open space that is easy to visit, no entrance fees are charged and no prerequisites are required. The hope is that the art experiences will lead to many unexpected conversations, says the foundation's executive director Sara Sandström Nilsson.
Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation
Princess Estelle "got" her foundation just for her eighth anniversary in February, and the idea is that over time she will build on the strong royal tradition of promoting cultural life in Sweden.
But so far, it is of course mom Victoria and dad Daniel who take care of it all, with the help of the foundation's board and executive director Sara Sandström Nilsson.
Prinsessan Estelles första digitala uppdrag! _ Svensk Dam
05-26-2020, 12:18 AM
Estelle's photo now at the website of the Foundation
About the Foundation - PREKS
For the 2020 exhibition, a catalogue has been produced in Swedish and English.
The Foundation tells about the future:
The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation will develop and grow organically and dynamically in the midst of contemporary society. Its most immediate concern is the temporary sculpture exhibition at Royal Djurgården. The intention is to complement this annual, recurring event with a permanent exhibition within the next few years. Ideally, a permanent sculpture park will be created in Stockholm, as a popular attraction for both Swedish and international visitors.
Background - PREKS
05-30-2020, 02:56 AM
Yesterday at Instagram of The Royal Palaces
Work in progress…
Right now, monumental sculptures are being installed at the Royal Djurgården in preparation for the outdoor exhibition which is completed on June 7. These are works by artist Alice Aycock, from the acclaimed series "Turbulences". It will be the artist's first separate exhibition in Scandinavia and the first to be arranged under the auspices of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation at its Instagram
The exhibition "Alice Aycock at Royal Djurgården” opens June 7 at 1 pm. H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden will open this year’s sculpture exhibition. The formal opening will take place online.
06-03-2020, 02:23 AM
At an article in Dagens Nyheter on 1st June it is said among other things:
Alice Aycock's sculptures spin at Djurgården
Acquila's dog daycare goes by the artwork "Hoop-la" at Folke Bernadotte's bridge. ⁃How nice! Some art shows up on our dog walks, say dog sitters Emma Staniuli and Jessica Löwenmark.
American artist Alice Aycock sees beauty in the chaotic. With her turbulent works, she wants to create a dialogue with nature. This summer, the people walking at Djurgården are confronted with her monumental sculptures.
Alice Aycock has a memory of the wind. A memory that affected her life and artistry. As a 13-year-old, she was aroused by a strong blow outside the family's house just outside New York. It was mid-February, but the mild winds that sometimes blow in over the East Coast during the winter made the night pleasantly lukewarm.
- I heard how beautiful the wind sounded out there so I jumped out the window and started dancing in the garden. It was as if I had a conversation with the wind and as if I were led by the power of it. I see that memory as one of the roots of my constant interest in movement, wind, waves, turbulence and other forces of nature, says Alice Aycock on a line that sounds like she is sitting in the room next door.
She doesn't. After ten weeks in her studio in New York where she "has been outside the door five times", she is in her summer home on Long Island. Here, she has brought with her a collection of older paintings which she now - due to the "break" that the pandemic means - have had time to tackle.
In telephone calls and with received pictures, she has meticulously followed the installation of "Turbulences", her sculpture exhibition which opens at Djurgården in Stockholm on June 7.
- It's almost as if I'm on the spot, because I talk to Sara on a daily basis (Sandström Nilsson, who is the manager of the exhibition). Last morning she sent pictures of "Hoop-la", the work that is being set up right now.
The installation of the exhibition, says Aycock, has been a giant device that has happened in a very "non arty" way. Based on hundreds of pictures the artist took when she was in Stockholm last fall, sketches have been drawn in computer, whereupon engineers made accurate calculations on how the monumental works of steel and aluminum should be placed to cope with the prevailing circumstances.
- We plan from how deep the concrete foundations on which the works are based should lie to what kind of weather they should stand in to cope with the weather of the season. These are no sculptures set up overnight. They require complex engineering knowledge and hard work by many people.
The timing of the exhibition is brilliant: What is better than an outdoor show in these times?
- I am so grateful to have this exhibition in Stockholm. And the fact that so much else is so shut down may perhaps make it an even bigger thing, says Alice Aycock.
Alice Aycocks skulpturer sätter snurr på Djurgården - DN.SE
The sculpture "Alien twister" at the Rosendal garden
The sculpture "Twister grande" at Djurgården
The Foundation at its website
During the year, the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation has had a collaborative project with Konstfack’s Department of Craft and Visual Education, which has resulted in four of their students doing their degree work based on Alice Aycock’s exhibition.
The material (available in Swedish only); teacher guides and workshops are possible to download and print if you want to prepare yourself or your class for a visit to the Royal Djurgården. There is also an audio guide tailored to children and young people who want to visit Alice Aycock’s exhibition.
Art Education - PREKS
06-04-2020, 02:38 AM
Press release from The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation
On 7 June at 1.00 pm, H.R.H. Prince Daniel of Sweden will open this year’s sculpture exhibition at Royal Djurgården. The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation is presenting the American artist Alice Aycock this year. Six monumental sculptures have been installed, five of them along the Djurgården canal, near the Folke Bernadotte Bridge, and one work is located in Rosendals Garden. The formal opening will take place online on the Foundation’s website.
Royal Djurgården in the heart of Stockholm is visited by more than 15 million people every year, giving the sculpture exhibition along the Djurgården canal a unique potential to become Sweden’s most visited art exhibition. In these troubled and uncertain times, when museums and other arts institutions are temporarily closed, an outdoor exhibition serves a special purpose.
Visitors are welcome to experience Alice Aycock’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia – with social distancing and free of charge.
About the exhibition
The exhibition opens on 7 June and ends on 27 September. Staff will be present at 11 am – 4 pm throughout this period, and guided tours are held daily. An audio guide has been created for the exhibition, read by the artist herself in English and by the actor Lena Endre in Swedish. Information is available on the Foundation’s website, and through the Royal Walks app. The Foundation has also produced an exhibition catalogue in both Swedish and English.
Alice Aycock's sculptures at the Royal Djurgården
Twister Grande (Tall)
Yesterday the Foundation had a view for the press
06-04-2020, 11:30 PM
Check out the squiggly works of art at Djurgården's new exhibition
The exhibition's largest work weighs just under seven tonnes and came in eight pieces that had to be assembled in place.
The internationally recognized sculptor exhibits works inspired by natural forces, toys and amusement parks.
The 73-year-old artist is in New York at her hometown and could not, for obvious reasons, attend her exhibition at Djurgården.
The exhibition is called "Turbulence" and along Djurgårdsbrunnsviken bay and up in Rosendal's garden are six sculptures that flaners and visitors can enjoy for free.
- Alice is regarded as one of the most significant sculptors in the world and is an international star who can now shine here in Stockholm as well, says Sara Sandström Nilsson, executive director of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
The exhibition is the first under the auspices of the foundation.
- The Crown Princess couple formed the foundation last year to promote cultural activities in Sweden, says Sara Sandström Nilsson.
The sculptures that are now on display at Djurgården have previously been on Park Avenue in New York and Alice Aycock is known for her public embellishments, found at 14 universities in the United States.
What is common to the works at Djurgården are movement and uncontrollable forces.
The work "Spin-the-spin" is also inspired by roller coasters. Alice Aycock loves amusement parks and when the artist visited Sweden before the exhibition, it was not the museums that were the highlight, says Sara Sandström Nilsson.
- Nothing was better than visiting an empty Gröna Lund. Alice knew the names of all the attractions.
Spana in Djurgårdens nya utställning av Alice Aycock – mitti.se
The art exhibitions that are moving out
Gigantic sculptures of turbulent weather phenomena, a plant installation and art students making works in their local environment - now several exhibitions are moving out.
The smooth white aluminum arches seem to defy the law of gravity as they form large tornadoes, storms and swirls. At Djurgården in Stockholm, American artist Alice Aycock's engineering technologically advanced sculptures now are seen in the exhibition "Turbulence" which opens on June 7.
"These sculptures are in dialogue with the natural environment, I hope. Instead of contrasting with nature, they establish a kind of conversation with it. They are a bit like frozen events and they are also related to dance movements, which was my first creative expression", says art pioneer Alice Aycock.
Konstutställningarna som flyttar ut - Sydsvenskan
On Sunday, it is a little extra special day in Princess Estelle's life: Then she gets an "own" sculpture exhibition!
Princess Estelle is the eight-year-old who has her own cultural foundation. And on Sunday, "her" first exhibition is inaugurated. However, Margareta Thorgren tells Svensk Damtidning that it has now been decided that Princess Estelle will not be present herself. The opening also is completely digital due to the corona time, so a video in short.
Dad Daniel sits on the board of his young daughter's foundation and the first artist is chosen with care. A woman of course! And also a female pioneer: American artist Alice Aycock, 73.
However, she does not explicitly call herself a feminist, but has said in interviews that she would rather be a role model for young women, and that this should then speak for itself. A good choice for Princess Estelle.
The exhibition runs from June 7 to September 27 and is completely free. It can also be seen at any time, as it is arranged outdoors at the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm, more specifically below the Tekniska Museet and Rosendal Palace and around the pedestrian bridge that got its name after the king's godfather Folke Bernadotte.
- It is an open space that is easy to visit, no entrance fees are charged and no prerequisites are required. The hope is that the art experiences will lead to many unexpected conversations, says Sara Sandström Nilsson, who heads the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
Princess Estelle "got" her foundation just until the eighth anniversary in February, and the idea is that over time she will build on the strong royal tradition of promoting cultural life in Sweden.
But so far, it is of course mom Victoria and dad Daniel who take care of all, with the help of the foundation's board and excutive director Sara Sandström Nilsson.
Beslutet för prinsessan Estelle _ Svensk Dam
In these times of worry and uncertainty and when museums and other cultural institutions temporarily close their premises, it is hoped that the outdoor exhibition that is open to everyone will have an extra important function.
Lagerlings - Turbulent konst på årets skulpturutställning
Gallery of the sculptures and executive director Sara Sandström Nilsson
06-05-2020, 10:46 AM
Video at the social media of The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation:
At the video it is said:
In the summer of 2020, Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation is hosting an exhibition with Alice Aycock at the Royal Djurgården. The exhibition consists of six sculptures and continues from June 7 to September 27.
The exhibition is inaugurated by
His Royal Highness, Prince Daniel
Staffan Larsson, Governor of the Royal Palaces
Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation's executive director, Sara Sandström Nilsson
and his Excellency, US Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Kenneth A. Howery.
Daniel says: "The interaction with art opens our minds and gives new thoughts. It gives us new insights and new knowledge. It is a cornerstone of an open society. And on a personal level, it can help us understand what is difficult to put into words."
Prinsessan Estelles Kulturstiftelse Facebook
At the website is a countdown to the inauguration
Start page EN - PREKS
Therese Bohman, art editor at Expressen's cultural site, writes:
Is the Swedish royal house about to gain cultural interest?
The interests of the Swedish royal house are often associated with sports and leisure.
Therese Bohman now finds a successful entrance to the art department.
REVIEW. As one of probably few royalists in the cultural world, I have long thought that it is sad that the Swedish royal house has never shown any major cultural interest in the public. Forests, land and sports are by all means exemplary pursuits, but probably it would have been nice to have a little more active management of the legacy after Gustav III.
Maybe it's about to change now that the newly formed Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation is opening its first event: An exhibition around the Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen with the American sculptor Alice Aycock.
It consists of six large sculptures from Aycock's project "Turbulence", at first glance similar to each other, but with different personality and sources of inspiration. Some are reminiscent of whirling water or wind, another about aircraft engines, a third about carousels. Centrifugal force is the common theme, and the complicated designs sometimes seem to almost defy the law of gravity.
Alice Aycock has been active since the 1970s and has been shown in prestigious contexts such as the Venice Biennale and the Documenta in Kassel. The artistic level can probably be thanked by the three advisers to the Foundation's initiator Prince Daniel for: Richard Julin, Iris Müller-Westerman and Lars Nittve.
It offers free catalog and guided tours, audio guide and a program for children, which means that it is all at an ambition level that is likely to have few minor players in the art world. That everything is financed by private donations says something about the financial capacity of these donors.
And under circumstances no one could have predicted, the Alice Aycock exhibition ends up incredibly right in time: Outdoor art that is about subjugating nature, it is tailor made for a Corona summer in both theme and execution.
Perhaps one dares to hope that this is all the beginning of a change of generation within the royal house, even in areas of interest.
Therese Bohman recenserar konst av Alice Aycock
06-07-2020, 07:17 AM
Daniel ingurated The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation's exhibition "Alice Aycock at Royal Djurgården" at 13.00 at a video released by the Foundation.
At the video are speaking also his Excellency, US Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Kenneth A. Howery,
Staffan Larsson, Governor of the Royal Palaces (and a member of the board of The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation)
Sara Sandström Nilsson, The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation's executive director
and artist Alice Aycock.
The video is texted in english and swedish.
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Video of only Daniel's speech at court Youtube
On Sunday, June 7, Prince Daniel opened the sculpture exhibition "Alice Aycock at the Royal Djurgården". The inauguration took place digitally and the exhibition consists of six monumental sculptures from Alice Aycock's series "Turbulences".
Prins Daniel invigde skulpturutställningen ”Alice Aycock på Kungliga Djurgården” - Sveriges Kungahus
The interaction with art opens our senses and shapes new thoughts. We have new insights and gain new knowledge. Art is one of the corner stones of an open society. And on a personal level, art can help us understand what we can't express in words.
Making art available to more people feels very rewarding, particularly outdoors in the beautiful and much-visited area of Royal Djurgården.
For long enough, the Crown Princess and I have wanted a long-term way to promoting art and cultural activities in Sweden. That is why last year we founded the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation. One important focus will be promoting sculpture exhibitions on Royal Djurgården. We are both delighted and grateful that so many have supported us both financially and through putting in time and effort.
The Alice Aycock was planned before we were hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, but now it feels even more appropriate.
This unusual and difficult spring has clearly shown us the importance of rethinking and reflecting. Just what Alice Aycock wants to bring about through her art. In her own words, she whishes "challenge old patterns and beaten paths."
Art causes us to reflect and I think these powerful, whirling sculptures will kindle many exciting thoughts and discussions.
I wish Alice Aycock could have been with us today, just as she was in September during the planning phase. But we are grateful that her work is in place and hope that many people will visit them this summer.
With these words, I welcome you all to the Royal Djurgården and now declare the Alice Aycock exhibition opened.
H.K.H. Prins Daniels tal vid invigningen av skulpturutställning på Kungliga Djurgården, Stockholm, söndagen den 7 juni 2020 - Sveriges Kungahus
06-08-2020, 02:51 PM
Victoria's and Daniel's dream has come true
The Crown Princess couple long sought a long-term project. Which opens our minds.
Now Victoria and Daniel have done it.
The initiative came from Prince Daniel. Both he and Crown Princess Victoria both wanted to start up a sustainable and long-term project to promote the arts.
The other day, Prince Daniel opened the sculpture exhibition "Alice Aycock at the Royal Djurgården". It is the first of its kind to be arranged under the auspices of the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
The inauguration took place digitally. In the speech, Daniel emphasized the importance of making art accessible to more people. In addition, being able to do it in a beautiful and well-visited place like the Royal Djurgården was something the prince thought was extra nice.
The exhibition goes by the name "Turbulence" and consists of six sculptures. It is her first exhibition in Scandinavia and via a link from New York she proudly told about the collaboration.
Alice had obviously wanted to be in place today but is glad that her art is here. The inspiration for the works shown has been taken from extreme weather conditions such as storms and tornadoes. The idea was to create visual metaphors of it.
Victorias och Daniels dröm har blivit verklighet - Allt om kungligt
evening light in Stockholm with the new installation of Alice Aycock sculptures , across the new footbridge “Folke Bernadotte” in Djurgården... brings dynamism in the quietness of nature
Royal Djurgården is home to lots of significant sculptures and amazing art. And today we feel privileged and excited to be welcoming a sculpture exhibition all the way from the US of A! Six sculptures from @aliceaycock's 'Turbulences' series, each inspired by extreme weather conditions, are now on display on Royal Djurgården. This is her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia! The exhibition is being held at Djurgårdsbrunn Bay near the Folke Bernadottes bridge, from 7th June to 27th September
We love art out there that is accessible to everyone!
06-11-2020, 11:32 PM
The Foundation at its Instagram
It may seem like a remarkable coincidence that the artist the Foundation chose to present at Royal Djurgården in the summer of 2020 has devoted her entire career to creating visual metaphors for uncontrollable forces and energies. Combating an unknown virus can be compared to trying to stop the wind from blowing. Turbulences and extreme natural phenomena such as hurricanes and tornados have always fascinated Alice Aycock.
Welcome to the exhibithion Alice Aycock at Royal Djurgården. Guided tours in english every Wednesday in June at 6 pm.
New on temporary visit 7 June - 27 September 2020: Summer evening hike around Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
During periods June 7 - September 27, a sculpture exhibition in the area around Djurgårdsbrunnsviken takes place with the pioneering American artist Alice Aycock. Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation organizes the exhibition, which is also the first in Scandinavia for Alice Aycock. Join us on an art walk in the bright summer evening where we tell you more about the artist and her work but also about the interesting places we pass. The hike takes about an hour and costs SEK 2,500 including 25% moms for a maximum of 20 people.
Djurgården – Konstvandringar Stockholm
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