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PILANE, TJÖRN 18.5 - 29.9
ALLA DAGAR / DAILY 10 - 17

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Konstnärer / Artists 2019

HELAINE BLUMENFELD
JOHAN CRETEN
KLARA KRISTALOVA
CONRAD SHAWCROSS
LAURA FORD
TONY CRAGG
IDA KOITILA
JAUME PLENSA

HELAINE BLUMENFELD

Taking Risks is the title of American artist Helaine Blumenfeld’s dazzlingly exquisite sculpture made especially for Pilane. The seemingly gossamer-thin work is carved out of one piece of Carrara marble – combining masterly skill with classical beauty.

Helaine Blumenfeld is featured with a further two works at Pilane in 2019: Illusion and Ascent.

See a short video about Helaine and her works here.

CONRAD SHAWCROSS

The British artist Conrad Shawcross brings two works to Pilane: Optic Monolith and Optic Labyrinth, of which the latter was shown in the Frieze Sculpture Park in London in summer 2018.

Conrad Shawcross explores the interaction between light and art, in works that seem to change perpetually, depending on the viewer’s movements in the landscape and the angle of the sunlight.

At a distance, the gigantic sculptures look transparent, as though made of glass.

KLARA KRISTALOVA

The famous artist Klara Kristalova returns to Pilane with three bronze sculptures: What holds me back carries me further, Röse (Cairn), and lastly, Bird Girl, which was made for Pilane.

Klara Kristalova takes us to a world of fairy tale creatures, where trees, rocks and animals can take on human features, and humans assume characteristics from animals and nature.

JOHAN CRETEN

We welcome the Belgian artist Johan Creten’s magical world inhabited by giant bats, vultures and eagles.

The Bat is the title of an exciting work in bronze made by Johan Creten especially for Pilane. Johan invites visitors to interact with the art, and visitors are allowed, for once, to climb on a work of art at Pilane, at their own risk.

Would you like a memorable flight with the bat? Then go up the little staircase that Johan has built into the work. Other pieces by Johan Creten at Pilane in 2019 are The Vulture and The Price of Freedom.

See the video about how Johan Creten’s strange creatures landed in Pilane!

LAURA FORD

The popular British artist Laura Ford is back at Pilane this year with her renowned sculpture group Dancing Clog Girls, recently exhibited at Akershus Fortress in Oslo and the Frieze Sculpture Park in London.

Laura Ford’s works often arouse strong feelings, as the sculpture group Silent Howlers also proves.

Other works by Laura Ford shown at Pilane in 2019 are Waldegrave Poodles and Hyena with a Neck Brace.

TONY CRAGG

The British artist Tony Cragg is an old favourite at Pilane. In 2019, Tony Cragg is showing two bronzes: the spectacularly beautiful Pool, which has put its roots down among the oaks in the craggy Pilane terrain, and the equally breath-taking Spring, which Tony Cragg made especially for Pilane.

The casting of Spring was a very complicated process, and this work could not be installed in time for the opening.

IDA KOITILA

The Finnish artist Ida Koitila’s mighty bronze Earth was shown at Pilane in 2018. This year, Earth has been installed to interact with the 2000-year-old grave field, adding a further dimension to the work.

Watch the video about Earth here!

JAUME PLENSA

Anna gets to stay! One of the world’s largest and most beautiful works of art, Anna by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, was recently acquired by the Pilane Heritage Museum and is now part of the permanent exhibition at Pilane.

Visible from the open sea on the west coast and large parts of the Bohuslän archipelago, Anna is a welcoming landmark that radiates kindness and compassion.

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PILANE - A MEETING PLACE FOR PEOPLE AND CULTURE DURING THOUSANDS OF YEARS

12.000 years ago. Pilane was covered by a one-kilometer thick blanket of ice.

10.000 years ago. Some of the ice sheet had melted and the high sections of Pilane stood above water. Reindeer hunters followed flocks of reindeers grazing at the edges of the inland ice.

4.500 years ago. Farming Stone Age. Traces of seasonal settlements can be found where the parking area is situated today. Among other things, there have been finds of Funnel beaker pottery – ornate and very beautiful. Enormous shell banks were created, giving Pilane the calcium soil that has enabled today’s rich variety in species.

3.000 years ago. Bronze Age. Ceramic artefacts have been found near today’s parking area, which was a beach back then. The nearby rock carving with 15 ships dates back to this time.

2.000 years ago. A large settlement was active at Pilane. The grave sites contain about 90 visible graves dating back to 500 BC - 1000 AD. The graves date from the Roman Iron, and the Migration Age. There are also stone circles known as "Judges Rings" used as court loci.

Present. Archaeological excavations have revealed that Pilane was not just a settlement and burial place, but furthermore a social and cultural meeting place. Pilane's function as a meeting place is also the focus today. In the prehistoric grave-field surroundings, the sculpture exhibition has been displaying art works by leading artists from all over the globe since 2007. New works of art are presented each summer.

Sculpture in Pilane is a private, independent and non-commercial initiative run by Pilane Heritage Museum AB (svb).