William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No 3, 2015. Photo by Dominik Mentzos.

"SculptureMotion" at the Wanås Konst, Knislinge, Sweden.

On view May 7 through November 5, 2017.

"SculptureMotion" brings together works that examine sculpture and movement and sculpture that invites action both swift and still. Six Swedish, Nordic, and international artists—one of which is an artists collective—participate in the exhibition that also includes moving image and performance. The artists begin with movement—adding, being, reproducing movement, the memory of movement, and emphasizing the dual meaning of the word “movement”: active physical movement, but also movement as mobilization. One of the world’s foremost choreographers, William Forsythe, presents his choreographic objects in Sweden for the first time, and the exhibition also introduces Sonia Khurana with a video work and a performance, in which stillness becomes activity. The exhibition programme includes a Walk & Talk with William Forsythe, a performance weekend with artist group Mammalian Diving Reflex, and choreographer Maria Hassabi’s outdoor performance Staged, which is also part of this year’s documenta.

Movement stands in contrast to what sculpture is commonly associated with—the permanent and static. One artist who challenged that idea was Alexander Calder, who already in 1931 with his mobiles let objects leave the podium and move freely in the air before us. One of the world’s foremost choreographers William Forsythe’s oeuvre is the starting point for the exhibition SculptureMotion. While Calder spoke of Objet ballet, Forsythe talks about choreographic objects, something he has worked with for 20 years.

The artworks encompass slow-motion as well as action; when one artist asks us to lie down, another urges us—Stand up! In thematizing movement, one reference from Swedish art history is Movement in Art [Rörelse i konsten] at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in 1961, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, with artists such as Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely. Now it is time to investigate how artists approach motion today, beyond the mobile and the machine.

William Forsythe is a pioneering choreographer, but this exhibition emphasizes his choreographic objects. He wants to create meaning beyond what we see and to activate both ourselves and the world around us. At Wanås, he fills a room in the art gallery, sets nature in motion, and creates a new artwork—his first for a sculpture park. In Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 4, more than 400 suspended pendulums create an unpredictable environment, that the spectators are free to attempt to navigate. Outdoors, he works with trees in Aviariation, and further out in the park is a completely new work. With Underall, 2017, Forsythe has chosen to work with an abandoned house and let a gentle movement be the focus. He incorporates motion into an existing building, throws us off balance. As with so many of his objects, we gain the experience of ourselves by being aware of movement, and by ourselves being set in motion.


Wanås Konst | T. +
Hässleholmsvägen | Vanås, 289 90 Knislinge | Sweden
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