Summary in english

Kivik Art Centre Österlen Sweden

The site is Bergdala and Lilla Stenshuvud, just south of Kivik, a small town in the south east of Scania. This is one of the most beautiful places in Sweden, famous for its light and creative atmosphere, attractive to artists as well as tourists from all over Europe. But it is also a very sensitive place, close to a National Park, a destination for people who enjoy fantastic sea views, rare trees and plants, exciting wildlife and the wide open landscape.

The ambition is to develop this site from a concept based on a place for producing as well as showing art, architecture and design. Regional commitment and local pride are values to build on. The first year’s events will be the start of the developments, providing the necessary anchor for the region as well as international acclaim. The physical presence of the constructions on site will create interest and inspiration for the future as well as awakening the anticipation of everyone that makes the effort to experience it.

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Ulla Viotti

Foto: Anders Norsell

For the summer of 2019 Ulla Viotti has brought a new expression and a new material to the architectural sculptures at Kivik Art Centre. A harmonious round form and of the material that lies closest to her heart: bricks. She has named her sculpture ”Bibliotheca-archeological library”. A fortress saturated by memory over poetry and the narrative referring not only to guard and defence but also for the lively, struggling literature.

The sculpture is six meters wide and with walls two and a half meters high. Impressive dimensions, but on a human scale. Here the visitors are invited to wander through the meadow, towards the large sculpture with the Baltic Sea in the background and onwards to the narrow entrance. Well through the eye of the needle you are surrounded by books and shelves made up by handcrafted bricks. Well-known names are embossed onto the spine of the books: Victoria Benedictsson, Hans Alfredson, Sigrid Combüchen, Klas Östergren, Birgitta Trotzig, Rut Hillarp, Björn Ranelid, Elin Wägner… the list comprises around sixty authors that are associated to Scania.
The construction material is produced at the unique Petersen Tegl brickworks in southern Jutland, who is also the generous main sponsor of this project. There has been more than 10.000 bricks made, all handcrafted, in order to build the sculpture by the intensions of Ulla Viotti. The actual construction was also a work of precision that demanded careful preparations and skilled craftsmen. Yet the risk was minimal. Ulla Viotti has done it before: belonging to the pioneers when it comes to enriching the art of sculpture with bricks as the material.
She was also among the first who courageously crossed all the old borders between art and craft, design and architecture. The museums and the galleries first, then out into the nature.

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Sol LeWitt

The American artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is considered one of the most important in our contemporary art. His works are on display in the major art museums, such as MoMA, Tate Modern and Louisiana Museum. His beautiful, minimalist sculptures are today permanently placed in the world’s finest sculpture parks, such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Hirshhorn Scupture Garden in Washington, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. However, there has been no previous outdoor work of him in Scandinavia, until now, at the Kivik Art Centre. Nine Towers (for Jene) was designed and built under the supervision of Jeremy I. Zeemann at Studio Z, New York.

Sol LeWitt’s Nine Towers (for Jene) is a 5 meter high (c. 16.5 ft.) structure consisting of close to 4,000 white custom-made cinder blocks (8 x 8 x 16”), licensed for production at Edelbeton outside Antwerp. The work is highly representative of his art, a sculpture, but created with architectural means and materials. A collonade and a temple that challenges the visitor both visually and physically, and which activates the beautiful surrounding landscape with great contrast and mathematical sharpness.

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Gert Wingårdh

Gert Wingårdh designed his sculpture Himlatrappan (Stairway to the Skies) already two years ago, but first this year we have – with the help of good sponsors and private benefactors – managed to succeed in bringing together the resources required to produce it. Now standing there, near the top of Lillasten it is almost unreal. Himlatrappan is a dream, the dream of something else, higher, freer. But when you are right next to it, it takes its place and is so physically present that you almost refuse to recognize your own limitations.

The seventh summer

We have summarize what has been in a book and in an exibhition of our ´Court Photographer` Gerry Johansson, who has followed us since Kivik Start in 2007.

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Composer Kim Hedås created the sound installation Illusion to architect Petra Gipps Refugium.

Kim Hedås’s Illusion is a music installation, where six speakers creates a moving and changing rooms together with Petra Gipps Refugium. The music moves between real and unreal, external and internal, near and far. Shift in perspective and contrasting sound worlds woven together into a large, polyphonic structure. The natural sounds of the place may, by musical shadings and nuances a vague shape that gradually alters lyssnandet. Kim Hedås (b. 1965) is a composer, trained in composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Her music has been played by, among others Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kroumata, VOX, DalaSinfoniettan and the Gothenburg Opera.

Land Arc

Young architects from Lund, Copenhagen and Trondheim was working few days in the workshop Country Arc with constructive interference with nature and comments that are already in place.

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This year Kivik Art Centre presents a new work that manifests the basic concept of our project: an architect and an artist in collaboration. It is also the first time that both are women and we can present a Swedish participants. Architect Petra Gipp has created a Refugium, a refuge in the forest of solid wood and concrete. An architectural sculpture that doubles as a small cinema, a walk-in-cinema” with a few seats for both a contemplative and an intense experience. The film shown was filmed by Runa Islam in a museum in Washington during her research stay at the Smithsonian Institute. The film called Cabinet of Prototypes, was commissioned by Kivik Art Centre and form an exquisite combination with Petra’s architecture.

From previous summers most works are still here. The five structures by Snøhetta Architects, three in collaboration with the photographer Tom Sandberg (2007). The visionary Venturo house by Matti Suuronen (1971/2009) and the sculpture for the individual experience of architecture, a collaboration between David Chipperfield and Antony Gormley (2008).

In one of the old stables on the farm the exhibition KIVIK ART 2020 will be installed. Nineteen students from the course Landscape & Architecture at the University of Lund have individually studied the conditions for Kivik Art Centre, and then, without any thoughts on politics or money, have visualized their visions for the future. Local presence, sustainability and environmental aspects have formed the critical platform for the project. It is important to note that these are indeed visions – sometimes utopian – but are all healthy stimulus to our imagination and for our dreams of what Kivik Art Centre one day might become.

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Welcome back to Kivik.
What was expected as a year ”in between” of economic reasons, turned out to be another exciting year of artistic reasons and Kivik Art Centre moves on

Dancing in Kristianstad and dancing in Kivik

Kristianstads konsthall & Kivik Art Centre in collaboration summer 2009

Julian Opie ‘Dancing in Kivik’. Foto: Gerry Johansson

Through this exciting collaboration internationally acclaimed British artist Julian Opie will be presented on both sites: outdoors and indoors. The works are chosen around a theme of movement and dance. In Kivik three sculptures of black stone (diabas) will be placed on the hill side. Each sculpture consists of five blocks where a dancer’s body has been engraved in different balancing positions.
In Kristianstad sculptures of steel and glass will be displayed, alongside paintings, video animations and large vinyl wall drawings. For Julian Opie, there are no limits to the material or discipline. A flat image is all of a sudden unfolded to its three dimensions, another you can see right through as part of the room. Curator for both exhibitions is Sune Nordgren, project manager for Kivik Art Centre.

Julian Opie was born in 1958 in London, where he now lives and works. Already in his twenties he participated in exhibitions internationally. He is since his debut in 1983 linked to Lisson Gallery in London. See also his website –

Venturo at Kivik Art Centre

The Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (born 1933) became famous for his spaceship-like plastic house Futuro. But he also wanted to design a popular “weekend cottage” using the new fantastic materials and created the Venturo, a dismountable and easily transported house in fiberglass. Unfortunately the first global oil crisis hit the western world in 1972 and only nineteen houses were produced. Three ended up in Sweden, as petrol stations to Swedish BP – one is left intact. It has now been renovated, restored to its former glory and displayed during Kivik Art’09 as this year’s architectural contributions.

Left from previous years on site are the Snøhetta Kivik Start projects (2007) and Chipperfield & Gormley‘s concrete pavilion called Architecture for Subjective Experience (2008).

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Only one person is admitted at the time. Children under 16 with adult guidance

The 2008 pavilion for Kivik Art Centre in southeast Sweden has been designed by David Chipperfield and Antony Gormley. The pavilion, which was constructed in only two months, is a sculpture entirely in concrete. Formed of three interlocked 100 m3 volumes – ‘The Cave’, ‘The Stage’ and ‘The Tower’ – the pavilion offers three different ways of experiencing the nature and landscapes around Kivik.

‘The Cave’ – a solid, dormant space in the base of the sculpture where one can rest on a wall-fixed bench, offers the enclosed feeling of being in the dark forest. Stairs then take the visitor up to the first floor – ‘The Stage’ – a horizontal volume open to the landscape, where one looks out but is also exposed. The third volume – ‘The Tower’ – takes the visitor up spiral stairs to a platform almost 18 metres above the ground, where one is rewarded with a spectacular view over the trees towards the Baltic Sea.

Standing Matter (2008) av Anthony Gormeley i de norska arkitekterna Snøhettas paviljong Moderskeppet från 2007.
Foto: Gerry Johansson.

Kivik Pavilions is a project that combines architecture with art and design. Fundamental are issues of environmental solutions, a symbiosis of the landscape and the pavilion, local materials, and corporate partnership with industries in the region. The 2007 pavilion, called ‘Mother Ship’, was designed by Norwegian architects Snohetta, in conjunction with the photographer Tom Sandberg.

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