Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd – biography
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, called often for comfort CFR, was born June 4, 1934 in Stockholm. Still it remains one of Sweden’s most important artists and poets in Europe.
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd began studying art, taking an interest immediately to the figure of Fernand Léger in Paris when it was 1951. In 1952-1955 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Subsequently becomes a professor of painting at the Royal Academy of Art from 1965 to 1969. In the fall of 1974 he became a visiting professor at the art school in Minneapolis in the US. But later he returned to Europe, he has long lived and worked in Lausanne in Switzerland.
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd is represented in many museums around the world as the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Sprengel Museum diHannover is a very extensive collection of his works. One of the most common piece of art is his public sculpture Reuterswärd non-violence, in which several versions are available in a variety of cities around the world in which the best known is probably the one that is placed in front of the palace United Nations in New York.
The work consists of a revolver, a Colt Python .357 Magnum with a knot in the barrel and has been added as an immediate reaction after the assassination of his friend John Lennon. In addition to non-violence, which is located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Täby, Borås, Halmstad and his home town of Landskrona, there are a number of other public sculptures of Reuterswärd invested in Swedish cities.
In Borås there are, for example, Caring for the Earth on the terrace pavilions from November 2011 and the power station chimney in Landskrona of the Office of CO2 since 2011.
His works are often simple, direct, they end up touching the idea from the root to the mind, taking what has to be caught, leaving the surplus in a vacuum.
more on: https://www.gkm.se/c-f-reutersward/