Alma Löw: Art in the woods

Trial and Error, Stockholm – Alma Löw is a private initiative, run by artist Marc Broos in the countryside in the western part of Sweden. It started ten years ago when Broos built 16 pavillions in the slopes by his home and began to invite artists.

Entrance to the pavillions

Without economical support from the region he still can’t offer the participants any compensation. But artists keep coming because of the ambition and energy level:  Annika von Hauswolf, Gilbert and George, Leif Elggren, Nathalie Djurberg , just to mention a few. And as an artist you get something that, at least not I am used to: You are not called to any meetings and you are not required to write or explain anything, because Broos only wants you to do one thing: Show us your art! 

Some of the 16 pavillions

This summer is the 10th anniversary and 30 artists have been invited. Artists Jörgen Svensson and Anna Persson have curated the 16 pavillions and Marc Broos the 10 rooms in the new art hall “Paleis Oranjestraat” (named after the street where he was born). 

Paleis Oranjestraat was built because, in an article, Marc Broos was called “King of his domain” and he thought that as King, he should have a palace. He bought a barn close by, rebuilt it into a maze of showrooms. There are also a seminar room, a workshop and, in the future, residencies for visiting artists.

Some interior views

If you travel in Sweden this summer to experience picturesque countryside and art, you don’t want to miss Alma Löw, which has got both. And if the weather happens to be bad, Marc Broos always provides the visitors with rubber boots.

Read more (in Swedish): VF NWT, DN,

4 Responses to “Alma Löw: Art in the woods”

  1. 1 Barbara November 4, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    was für ein wundervoller tag, dass ich dies alles gefunden habe über trail & error!!!!

    alles was ich hier sah, ist nicht neu aber wundervoll und wichtig und wir dürfen niemals aufhören, für solche Ideen viel Kraft zu geben. wenn es noch eine Arbeitsgruppe gibt, die diese Idee nach den vergangenen zwei Jahren noch weiterdenken und arbeiten will, möchte ich gern meine Gedanken und Ideen dazu geben…
    vielleicht aber kann auch eine neue Arbeitsgruppe einfach entstehen zu einem neuen Thema, zum Beispiel Licht und wohin es zu lenken ist und was es sichtbar machen darf und soll…und ob ein anderes Licht möglich ist zu gestalten, als das,welche großen Industrieinstallationen uns überall in eigentlich freie Räume schiebt…ist Kunstraum in den Orten, wo Menschen leben, neu zu sichern und
    gibt es menschengemäße Lichträume und wann hören sie auf, solche zu sein? und dann? Wie respektabel aller Natur müssen sie zukünftig gestaltet werden?

    wen interessiert das? Barbara

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