Kivik Art Centre
Art Centre near Kivik
The Kivik Art Centre is a unique art and cultural centre. It is located just under two kilometres south of the town of Kivik in the municipality of Simrishamns Kommun.
In July 2006, the foundation Kivik Art Centre was established with the aim of creating an art and cultural centre in Österlen. The idea was well received in the region, as it is home to countless artists, and the first exhibition in the summer of 2007 attracted already more than 15,000 visitors.
Besides the usual offerings, such as artistic education for children and young people and art workshops, it is not so easy to describe what the Kivik Art Centre actually is. It is definitely a place of great art, architecture and nature that deliberately incorporates the surrounding landscape.
The exhibitions at Kivik Art Centre
The exhibition area is basically a wooded park where new exhibits are added every year. In the process, art and architecture merge and unique sculptures are created. Everywhere in the forest and on the surrounding fields you will find artistic pavilions and buildings of various kinds. No wonder there is also a close connection between the Kivik Art Centre and the students of Architecture & Landscape at Lund University.
One of the most unusual works is the Himlatrappan, or Sky Stairs. Architect Gert Wingårdh placed the 18-metre-high raill-less steel staircase on just three steel beams, making it look up almost freestanding out of nature. The work of art attracted more than 17,000 people to the sculpture park in the summer of 2013.
Since the 2018 season, a minimalist sculpture by the American artist Sol LeWitt (1928 - 2007) can be found on a small hill north of the park. The work NineTowers (for Jene) is five metres high and consists of 4,000 white cement blocks that form a square foundation with nine square columns. Besides these two works of art, you will discover many more during your visit.