Explore the sprawling new sculpture park that has opened just outside Berlin

Schlossgut Schwante occupies the grounds of a baroque castle

The Schlossgut Schwante sculpture park has opened its debut exhibition, which includes works by Ai Weiwei, Alicja Kwade and Martin Creed.

The open-air gallery is located 25 kilometres outside the German capital, in the grounds of a baroque castle built in the mid-1700s and owned by Loretta Würtenberger, and her husband Daniel Tümpel. It’s spread across 10 hectares, including manicured lawns, fields and wooded areas.

Björn Dahlem, <em>M-Shären (Seyfert 2),</em> 2016 © Björn Dahlem, Courtesy Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin and Sies + Höhe, Düsseldorf. Photography: Hanno Plate
Björn Dahlem, M-Shären (Seyfert 2), 2016 © Björn Dahlem, Courtesy Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin and Sies + Höhe, Düsseldorf. Photography: Hanno Plate

Sculpture & Nature, the park’s inaugural exhibition, includes 25 pieces that range from metal sculptures that nestle into the grass to neon artworks by Björn Dahlem and Martin Creed – whose artwork perches by the side of the castle’s lake, casting watery reflections at dusk.

Jorinde Voigt designed a tree-suspended swing, while Carsten Nicolai created a meditation space based on an echo chamber he discovered in Angkor Wat.

Hammocks and chairs are dotted across the castle grounds, creating spots for visitors to rest and take in the scenery.

Sculpture & Nature is on display until 31 October. Schlossgut Schwante plans to renew its programme every year, inviting new artists and hosting a fresh series of events, classes and performances.

Schloßpl. 1-3, 16727 Oberkrämer, Germany,/em>

George Rickey, Three Squares Vertical Diagonal II, 1986 © George Rickey, courtesy of Gallery Thomas, München. Photography: Leo Pompinon
George Rickey, Three Squares Vertical Diagonal II, 1986 © George Rickey, courtesy of Gallery Thomas, München. Photography: Leo Pompinon
Monika Sosnowska, <em>Stairs,</em> 2019, courtesy Monika Sosnowska and Hauser &amp; Wirth. Photography: Hanno Plate
Monika Sosnowska, Stairs, 2019, courtesy Monika Sosnowska and Hauser & Wirth. Photography: Hanno Plate
Aerial view of Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park. Courtesy of Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park.
Aerial view of Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park. Courtesy of Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park.

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