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 Carl Nesjar  (1920 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Norway/Denmark      Known for: sculpture, painting, murals, photography, prints, ceramics

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1936-38  Pratt Institute, N.Y. City
1940-42  National  School of Art and Design and the Royal Academy of Art, Oslo
1945        National Museum of  Art, Copenhagen
1946-48  Columbia University, N.Y. Art History with Meyer Schapiro
1954-55  Extensive studies in prehistoric art in France and Spain,
1955-57  Atelier 17, etching with S.W. Hayter and lithography at Atelier Pons, Paris

Representation in Museum Collections:   
U.S.A.:  Museum of Modern Art, N.Y as well as private and corporate collections.
NORWAY: Museum of Contemporary Art, Riksgalleriet and Høvikodden Modern Art Centre, Oslo.  SWEDEN:    Vårmlands Museum, Karlstad; Gallery of Fine Art, Gothenburg; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm; Skissarnas Museum, Lund; Community Collection, City of Kristinehamn.
GREECE: Permanent Collection, City of Hermoupolis, Syros

Murals and special projects:
GERMANY: Reliefs in sandblasted (exposed aggregate) concrete, in Municipal Park "Planten en Blomen", Hamburg, and "Center beam" (with C.A.V. S. of  M.I.T. members)  at Dokumenta, Kassel.
FRANCE: Photographic murals: Central Office of Air France and Wheat Growers Association, Paris.
BELGIUM: Photographic murals at Norwegian Pavillion, 1958 World's Fair, Brussels.
SWEDEN: Reliefs in sandblasted concrete, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Skissarnas Museum, Lund. 
NORWAY: FREIA Factory, Oslo; STATOIL R. & D. Building, Forus, Stavanger.  Enamel murals, City
Hall, Larvik. Steel sound/reliefs and concrete sculptures, Bredtvet Kompetansesenter, Oslo.  Murals in cut stone, Norcem Building, Oslo. Wood reliefs, Bøler Community Center Swimming Pool, Oslo.  Suspended large scale prism structures, N.I.T. Research Center, Hamar and the National Conservatory of Music, Oslo. Tapestries, Government Building, Oslo and STATOIL R. & D. Building, Forus, Stavanger.  Sandblasted concrete (exposed aggregate) murals and mosaic (polished natural stone) outdoor mural, Government Building, and Cementforeningens Bygning, Oslo. Ceramic "Chador", Radiumhospitalet (National Cancer Hospital), Oslo. Prism Centrum Sculpture, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. “Enchantment of the Seas”.

Collaboration with Pablo Picasso: Large scale Murals and Sculptures in sandblasted concrete

U.S.A.: Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, (1958); New York University with I.M. Pei (1968); Princeton University, New Jersey (1971); Harper College, Palatine, Illinois (1975); M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass. (1975).
FRANCE: Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille (1962); Chateau de Castille, Gard (1963);
Lycée Sud, Marseille (1965); La Domaine de la Mormaire, Chateau Montfort Lamaury,  LesYvelines (1975).
SPAIN :  Collegio  oficial de Arquitectos de Cataluna y Baleares , Barcelona (1961).
HOLLAND : Vondelpark Amsterdam (1965) and Centre for the Arts, Rotterdam (1970)
ISRAEL : Israel Museum Park, Hakirya, Jerusalem (1967).
NORWAY : Government Building, Oslo (1957, 1968 and 1969).
SWEDEN : Hålsingborg (1964); Vänern Lake,  Kristinehamn (1965); Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm (1966); Students’ city, Kungshamra (1966) and Figaro Parken, Halmstad (1971).

All Year/ All Weather Fountains (Water and Ice Fountains)

U.S.A.: Sonja Henie Olympic Arena, Lake Placid, N.Y. (1980), Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y. (1983), Loussac Public Library, Anchorage, Alaska (1988), Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis,
Minnesota (1993).
FRANCE: Flaine Winter Resort, Haute Savoie (1975), Polar Bear Ice Sculpture, Winter Olympics at Albertville (1990).
KOREA: Summer Olympics Sculpture Park, Seoul (1988).
DENMARK: Bjørn Braathen’s estate, Mols, (1999).
SWEDEN: Kriistinehamn  (2006)
NORWAY: Lysaker, Oslo (1971); Norwegian Agricultural University, Ås  (1971); City Hall Park, Moss (1980); Municipal Park, Larvik  (1981); Kragerø Harbour (1981); Braathens Airlines
Head Office, Oslo (1989); Fyllingsdalen, Bergen (1990); Olympic Speed Skating Arena,
Hamar (1994); Radiumhospitalet (National Cancer Hospital), Oslo (1994 and 2001); Stadiontunet Housing Project, Bodø (1994); Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim (1994); City Hall and Community Centre, Tønsberg  (1994); STATOIL R. & D. Center, Trondheim (1997), Drammen (2007).

Lectures (partial list) :
U.S.A.: New York University, N.Y.; Princeton University, N. J., Dartmouth College, N. H.; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; University of South Florida, Tampa; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; University of Colorado, Boulder; Center for Humanistic Studies, Aspen, Colorado; Center for Advanced Visual Studies, M. I. T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, Mass.; State University College, Buffalo, N.Y.; Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska; University of Alaska, Anchorage
CANADA: Department of Parks and Recreation, Toronto; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton; National Capital Commission, National Gallery of Canada, National Library of Canada and Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa.
FRANCE: Pavillon de Marsan, Museé du Louvre, Paris; Cultural Centre, Flaine.
ENGLAND: Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Royal Society of British Sculptors, London
FINLAND: National Academy of Art, Helsinki
ICELAND: Kjarvallstadir (Modern Museum), Reykjavik Academy of Art, Reykjavik
GREENLAND: National School of Art, Nuuk
SWEDEN: ICOM (Stockholm 1959); Galleri Heland, Stockholm; Cultural Center, Gothenburg.
NORWAY: National School of Art and Design, Oslo; National Academy of Art, Oslo; Høvikodden Center
(Modern Art Museum) Oslo; Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim; Agricultural University, Ås; Institute of Architecture, Oslo.

Honours and prizes:
Wanamaker Gold Medal (USA) 1927
U.K.S. - (Unge Kunstneres Samfund) Scholarship - (Norway) 1950
French Government Scholarship, 1954–1955
Norwegian Endowment Fund Research Grant, Institute of Technology (Norway) 1970
Research Fellow, M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) 1973-76
Vestfold Fylkes Kulturpris (Norway) 1996
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (France) 1996
Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (U.K.) 1997
Honorary Resident of the City of Larvik (Norway) 2001
Ambassador for the City of Kristinehamn (Sweden) 2003
Norsk Betongforening Innsatspris (Norway) 2004

Other Activities:
Teacher and lecturer; Book designer; Author of newspaper and magazine articles; Director of radio and television programs in Norway, Sweden, France, and U.S.A.; Designer of stages and costumes for Norwegian theatre; Designer of ceramics, tapestries and fabrics; Maker of documentary films for the Norwegian Film Institute and Norwegian television; Producer / director of art and experimental films; Photographer with exhibitions in USA: Chicago, Cambridge, New York; UK: London; Norway: Oslo, Horten, Larvik; France: Flaine, Paris, Céret and Roubaix; Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg; Greece: Hermoupolis.

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