Royal Djurgården

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

Skulpturen 'Wind Sculpture in Bronze I' vid Djurgårdsbrunnsviken på Kungliga Djurgården

On 2 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 at Royal Djurgården. Standing two metres high Wind Sculpture in Bronze I, in the form of a large three-dimensional textile, has abstracted leaf patterns across the entire surface. This is a reference to Dutch wax batik fabrics – a signature motif of Shonibare’s art. Photo: Preks.se

Skulptur Kungliga Djurgården Life Rings

Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. The sculpture towers over seven meters tall. Photo: Ruth Anna Eriksson/Preks.se

Alice Aycock Hoop-La skulptur Kungliga Djurgården

Alice Aycock's works were shown at Djurgården 2020, of which Hoop-La became the first to be acquired for the permanent sculpture park. Photo: Johan Lindskog

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Discover South of Royal Djurgården with the 'Royal Walks' app, free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Theme "Djurgården Art Walk" includes guide to the permanent sculptures. Photo: Julius Bohlin

THE PRINCESS ESTELLE SCULPTURE
PARK AT ROYAL DJURGÅRDEN

Ever since it was founded in 2019, the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation has presented new artists every year at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. Every year the foundation acquires a sculpture for a permanent sculpture park in Stockholm. The sculpture ‘Hoop-La’, which was featured in 2020’s acclaimed exhibition ‘Alice Aycock at Royal Djurgården’, remains at Royal Djurgården. Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. 2022 year’s sculpture 'Wind Sculpture in Bronze I' by the award-winning and internationally celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, is the third permanent work in the collection.

PRINCESS ESTELLE'S CULTURAL FOUNDATION
The foundation is based on a royal tradition of promoting culture in Sweden. The Crown Princess Couple want to bring this tradition up to date, demonstrating their long-term ambitions with the creation of Princess Estelle's Cultural Foundation.

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