Today begins an art show in West Sweden that juxtaposes the contemporary with the historical. Situated in an ancient burial ground with roots in the Iron Age, Skulptur I Pilane 2009 invites 9 internationally renowned artists to exhibit their works nestled amongst ancient judgment circles and raised stones.
Amongst the artists is Ursula von Rydingsvard, who’s Damski Czepek caused lines of New Yorkers waiting to get married in the “Lady’s Bonnet” in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park. Other exhibiting artists include Britain’s Laura Ford with homeless animals,
Spain’s Jaume Plensa’s shinny alphabetic sculptures, and Johan Tahon from Belgium who created an enormous white lion. Jonas Holmquist’s sculpture plays with contrasting lights, Ulla Viotti has produced a brick “waterfall”, and Norwegian stone sculptor Kristian Blystad will be presenting his work for the third consecutive year.
Skulptur I Pilane is also playing host to an intriguing sake bowl by French-Vietnamese artist Nicole Tran Ba Vang and an installation by the Swedish artist Leo Pettersson on the newly restored hill at the peak of which, “the splendid scenery of the Swedish west-coast is revealed. In the distance you can see the Carlsten fortress in Marstrand and the old Pater Noster lighthouse.”
The historical site of Pilane has been used for millenia as far back as possibly the Stone Age as a burial ground, a place for ritual and cult sacrifice, and for legal tribunals. This exhibit not only allows contemporary artists to share their works, it’s also providing a culturally rich and brilliantly disjointed space for reisdents and visitors alike to simultaneously abosrb art and ancient history.