Andy Goldsworthy, Walking Wall, 2019. Photo: Gabe Hopkins

Must-See Sculpture Park Shows: Part 1

A round-up of the best sculpture park and garden exhibitions of the season (part one of two).

Jeppe Hein, Blickachsen 12
Jeppe Hein, 1-Dimensional Mirror Mobile, 2009. Photo: Rune Bosse, Courtesy KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, 303 GALLERY, New York, and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

A sculpture biennial exhibiting work by nearly 30 artists, including Claudia Comte, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Alicja Kwade, and Yoko Ono.

Sean Scully, New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Park
Sean Scully, Colored Stacked Frames, 2017. Stainless steel with automotive paint, 120 x 120 x 96 in. Photo: R. Alokhin

A six-acre addition to the garden features 26 new works by Larry Bell, Tony Cragg, Johan Creten, Katharina Fritsch, Frank Gehry, Jeppe Hein, Georg Herold, Thomas Houseago, Shirazeh Houshiary, Baltasar Lobo, Robert Longo, Gerold Miller, Beverly Pepper, Pedro Reyes, George Rickey, Ursula van Rydingsvard, Sean Scully, Yinka Shonibare, Frank Stella, Hank Willis Thomas, Bernar Venet, and Fred Wilson.

David Smith, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
David Smith, Primo Piano III, 1962. Photo: Jerry L Thompson, © 2019 The Estate of David Smith, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Featuring nearly 40 sculptures, this is the first solo exhibition of Smith’s work in the UK in over a decade. It covers his earliest experimental works from the 1930s and continues through to the bold, large-scale statements of the 1960s.

Mark Dion, Storm King
Mark Dion, installation view of “Mark Dion: Follies,” 2019. Photo: Jeffrey Jenkins

This exhibition unites Dion’s signature folly works into a major survey. Since the mid-1990s, Dion has frequently employed the form of the architectural folly—a compact, decorative structure intended to inspire meaning rather than serve a functional purpose—to create intricate tableaux and house displays of a wide range of delicate and specific objects.

Eduardo Navarro, Socrates Sculpture Park
Eduardo Navarro, Galactic Playground, 2018. Photo: Courtesy the artist, Galeria Nara Roesler, and Site Sante Fe

Group show featuring Radcliffe Bailey, Beatriz Cortez, Alicja Kwade, Eduardo Navarro, Heidi Neilson, and Oscar Santillán,with new commissions by Miya Ando, William Lamson, and Maria Rapicavoli.

Savia Mahajan, The Sculpture Park, Madhavendra Palace, Jaipur
Savia Mahajan, Spine of Spines, 2019. Photo: Courtesy The Sculpture Park, Jaipur

This year’s exhibition at India’s first contemporary sculpture park includes works by 12 Indian and 11 international artists, sited in and around an 18th-century palace.

Andy Goldsworthy, Walking Wall, 2019. Photo: Gabe Hopkins

Over the course of nine months, Goldsworthy and his craftsmen will hand-build a wall in five successive sections that will “move” across the museum campus. The next walking phase is scheduled in July.

Elizabeth Tubergen, deCordova
Elizabeth Tubergen, Double Grave, 2018–19. Wood, hardware, outdoor vinyl fabric, and outdoor foam, 12 x 12 x 24 ft. Photo: Clements Photography and Design, Boston

A survey of contemporary art of New England, with work by 23 artists, occupying the museum galleries and extending into the sculpture park with new site-specific commissions.

Santiago Mostyn, Wanas Konst
Santiago Mostyn, SUEDI (Slow Wave Edit), 2017. View of installation at Wanås Konst, 2019. Photo: Mattias Givell

An international group show featuring Latifa Echakhch, Lungiswa Gqunta, Lubaina Himid, Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind, Marcia Kure, and Santiago Mostyn & Anike Joyce Sadiq.

View part two here. To search a comprehensive directory of Sculpture Parks and Gardens, click here.