Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, Non-Violence, 1982 © Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd / Bildupphovsrätt 2019

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Alias: CFR

14.9 2019 – 16.2 2020


Playful and multifaceted, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s career spanned nearly seven decades, several pseudonyms, and most artistic techniques. The exhibition focuses in part on the intricate installation and group of objects, ”Kilroy”, and in part on a series of monumental, expressive drawings the artist made after suffering a stroke in 1989 which forced him to switch from working with his right hand to his left.

”Kilroy” (1963–1972) began in January 1963, when Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (1934–2016) published the following notice in the New York Herald Tribune: “CARL FREDRIK REUTERSWÄRD Closed for holidays 1963–1972.” He intended to use this vacation to create nine interrelated objects under the collective title of ”Kilroy”. It is a poetic and simultaneously ambiguous and esoteric group of works, and in the exhibition ”Alias: CFR” you meet objects, as well as lasers and sketches related to the work.

In 1989 Reuterswärd suffering a stroke that forced him to switch from working with his right hand to his left. He described the time after his stroke as in part a kind of liberation. He began drawing with his left hand, and the lines and subjects seem to suggest a searching both back and forward in time—to before and after the stroke. The monumental oil pastel drawings of the late 1990s feature scenes of, among others, mythological figures and acrobatic displays. They are mysterious and dreamlike, and although the expression here appear different from that of the earlier conceptual exercises, the two are also linked by the artist’s continual exploration of new styles and approaches.

Curator: Andreas Nilsson


Admission: 100 kr
Reduced admission: 70 kr (for seniors and students)

Including the exhibition Atsuko Tanaka


The richly illustrated exhibition catalogue will feature an essay by Andreas Nilsson, curator, and poetry by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. 128 pages.

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School visit

Welcome to visit the exhibition with you school class! To avoid double bookings for guided tours, please contact our booking office in good time and notify us of the date of your visit. E-mail: booking office

Free admission for:

  • School classes with pupils under the age 18 (with a teacher)
  • Accompanying teachers and assistants
  • SFI-classes

Book a guided tour or workshop

Combine your museum visit with a guided tour or an inspiring workshop session. We have different workshops for pupils 13 years and older, and 4–12 years old.

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Read more about school visits: School

Poetry reading & introduction

Welcome to a reading of Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s poetry with his daughter, the artist Olivia Reuterswärd. The reading is followed by an introduction to the exhibition “Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd – Alias: CFR” by the curator Helena Åberg.

Read more: Reuterswärd’s poetry

The exhibition is on the 2nd floor

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Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, Kilroy heart. From the series ”Kilroy”, 1968–1969 © Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd / Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, Gulliver, 1999/2001 Photo: Prallan Allsten / Moderna Museet © Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd / Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, Tounge in Check, 1980 © Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd / Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Installation view ”Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd – Alias: CFR”, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, 2019. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

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