The background – and the future

The idea for the sculpture project at Royal Djurgården was born when Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were patrons of Umeå, Cultural Capital of Europe, in 2014. A visit to Umedalens Skulpturpark sparked a wish to create something similar in Stockholm. In 2016–2018, sculpture exhibitions featuring Tony Cragg, Eva Hild and Jaume Plensa were organised by a private gallery in collaboration with the Royal Djurgården administration.

From 2020, this activity is run by the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation, founded in autumn 2019. With this project, the Foundation seeks to stimulate interest in contemporary art in general and to enhance Stockholm’s position as a cultural city in Europe.

The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation will develop and grow organically and dynamically in the midst of contemporary society. Its most immediate concern is the temporary sculpture exhibition at Royal Djurgården. The intention is to complement this annual, recurring event with a permanent exhibition within the next few years. Ideally, a permanent sculpture park will be created in Stockholm, as a popular attraction for both Swedish and international visitors.

Photo: hiepler, brunier, ©2020 Alice Aycock. Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin and Marlborough Gallery, New York

Previous years

In 2016–2018, sculpture exhibitions featuring Tony Cragg, Eva Hild and Jaume Plensa were held at Royal Djurgården at the initiative of H.R.H. Prince Daniel. These were organised by a private gallery in collaboration with the Royal Djurgården administration.

2016

Photo: Galleri Andersson/Sandström

Tony Cragg
Born 1949 in Liverpool. Lives and
works in Wuppertal, Germany.

2017

Photo: Galleri Andersson/Sandström

Eva Hild
Born 1966 in Lidköping. Lives and
works in Sparsör, Sweden.

2018

Photo: Galleri Andersson/Sandström

Jaume Plensa
Born 1955 i Barcelona, Spain where
he still lives and works.