”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
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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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
The exhibition is shown at Moderna Museet Malmö 2 February–5 May 2019 and at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 14 September 2019–16 February 2020.
Read more about the exhibition in Malmö: Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. Alias: CFR
- Guided tour