The Sculpture Park
Princess Estelles Cultural Foundation, together with the Royal Djurgården Administration, is establishing a permanent sculpture park in the Rosendal area.
NEWS 2022-09-29: The Princess Estelle Sculpture Park at Royal Djurgården continues to expand and in the upcoming summer it will receive its fourth permanent sculpture. After works of the international artists the Foundation has decided to present a Swedish artistry for the first time. A new sculpture by Charlotte Gyllenhammar will be
inaugurated on 1 June 2023.
"We want to make contemporary art accessible, and presenting sculpture on Djurgården is an ideal way to introduce people to art and arouse their interest," explains the foundation's Executive Director Sara Sandström Nilsson.
Through the foundation, The Crown Princess Couple aim to show the importance of art and culture for an open, modern society.
As one of Stockholm's most popular recreation areas, which is open to everyone, all day long and all year round, Djurgården is a particularly suitable location for the exhibition.
New sculpture summer of 2022
“The Foundation has a long-term plan for the development of the Princess Estelle Sculpture Park, and Yinka Shonibare’s sculpture represents a significant part in this project. This year, we will also be offering an exceptionally rich programme of events, thanks to collaborations with thirteen different organisers.” says Sara Sandström Nilsson, executive director at Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
The permanent sculpture park
Through the foundation's long-term work, it will be possible to follow up the previous sculpture exhibitions shown at Djurgården.
In June 2022, HRH Prince Daniel unveiled the new work 'Wind Sculpture in Bronze I' by Yinka Shonibare CBE. Shonibare’s sculpture is installed between Rosendal Palace and Ståthållarängen.
Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at the south side of Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).
In 2020 the first sculpture exhibition was implemented by the foundation. Six of the artist Alice Aycock's works were shown, of which Hoop-La became the first to be acquired for the permanent sculpture park. The sculpure is placed at the south side och Folke Bernadotte's bridge.
Previous sculpture exhibitions
The previous sculpture exhibitions were initiated by Prince Daniel and arranged by Galleri Andersson/Sandström in association with the Royal Djurgården Administration.
In 2018, artist Jaume Plensa's sculptures were shown on Djurgården, including three seven-metre high cast iron portraits. One of his sculptures was installed in the water of Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).
In 2017, six large sculptures by Swedish artist Eva Hild were displayed.
In 2016, five monumental sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg were positioned on both sides of the Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).
Top image: 'Wind Sculpture in Bronze I' by artist Yinka Shonibare CBE. Photo: Lo Kåhgedotter/Preks.se