Bengt Lindström - Original Handsigned Engraving The Seven Deadly Sins. 76 x 56 cm Signed in pencil by Bengt Lindström Paris, ABCD, 1976. Original etching in color Limited edition 90 ex. This is the unique copy offered to Claude Manesse, The story of B. Lindström was collected by Frederick Towarnicki, assisted by Agathe Malet-Buisson. The engravings were drawn on the presses of Claude Manesse. Bengt Lindström (1925-2008) Bengt Lindström was born on September 3rd, 1925 in Storsjökapell, a small isolated village in the Swedish province of Norrland. The young child thus grew up in that vast, mythical and harsh expanse of mounts, glistening lakes and endless forests known as Lapland. His father was a primary school teacher who was fond of Lapps and who showed great interest in their ethnic group and culture. The child was only three days old when Lapp King Kroik, his godfather, administered the Baptism of the Earth, where the child is conveyed between two roots of a tree to grant him protection from the Gods. Lapps as well as local lumberjacks would occasionally abandon their silent ways to tell him and reveal the tales, legends and mysteries of the Great White North. 1935-1945 : He left Storsjökapell and headed to Härnösand, where he wrote short science-fiction novellas, became a renowned athlete and began to paint. 1944-1946 : Isaac Grünewald Art School in Stockholm, Sweden. Study drawing with Aksel Jörgensen at the Copenhagen Fine Arts School in Denmark. He realized his first two lithographs, Meditation and Le Modèle Etendu (The Stretched Model). 1947-1952 : He arrived in Paris. He travelled to Italy, where he visited Florence and Assisi, developing a deep fascination for Giotto and Cimabue. He was granted a scholarship by Swedish magazine Aftontidningen, which helped him move into a workshop in Arcueil, France. He began working on mosaics. 1953-1967 : He returned to Paris, once again taking up lithography and engraving, which holds a vital position in his work. He moved into a workshop in Rueil-Malmaison. This was the start of his collaboration with the Rive Gauche Gallery in Paris. London Tooth & Sons Gallery Director M. Cochrane purchased a large number of his works. He left the workshop in Rueil-Malmaison to settle in Savigny-sur-Orge, France. He began taking to figurative art with Masks, Gods and Monsters. He exhibited with the Nouvelle Figuration Group at the Mathias Feld Gallery. He also began working with the Ariel Gallery in Paris. 1968-1978 : Lindström completed a series of 10 lithographs about Scandinavian mythology. He also completed a series of drypoint works. An association with the Protée Gallery in Toulouse, France, led to exhibitions at the Protée Gallery II in Paris starting in 1984. He executed a large mural painting the Grand Hotel in Härnösand, Sweden. He also made two large frescoes for the Nacksta-Sundsvall covered market in Sweden. He took to sharing his working time between the workshop in Savigny-sur-Orge and the one in Sundsvall. He began collaboration that was to last several years with the ABCD Gallery in Paris, which provided exclusive publication for his engravings and strong ink work. Les Hommes du Nord (Men of the North) was the first of the major tapestries. He published a boxed set album, Eddan, Eddan, Eddan, illustrating Scandinavian mythology. Together with Jacques Putman, he completed two editions of bronze sculptures, Les Enfants Sauvages (The Wild Children). 1979-1982 : He worked on glass, making thirty dishes and goblets for renowned Swedish glassmaker Kosta Boda. He painted a car for Volvo, Sweden’s leading car manufacturer. Then, close to his birthplace, he painted gigantic tarpaulins over forty metres high, covering the slopes of the neighbouring Våladalen Mountain, as a protest against the building of a dam. This action caused a sensation and provoked fierce reactions. He also created small painted papier mâché sculptures, Têtes (Heads), as well as some gold and silver jewellery. 1983 : He exhibited seven monumental 3x2.5m works at the Art and History Museum in Stockholm: Les Grands Dieux Ase (The Great Aesir Gods), depicting the gods from Scandinavian mythology: Thor, Odin, Frej, Balder, Ymer, Loki and Unknown God, as well as acrylic paintings about the Valkyries. Les Grands Dieux was ultimately exhibited in a purpose-built chapel adjoining the Midlanda Contemporary Arts Centre in 1996. He completed Thor’s Hammer, a monumental sculpture. 1985-1990 : He lived also in the Alicante region, where Spanish friends found him a new workshop. While there he completed Novelda, an album of lithographs featuring poems by Spanish poet Paco Pastor. He completed a new mural, 5mx5m, for the Västeras Science Institute in Sweden. He then started working with the San Carlo Gallery in Milan, Italy, which coordinated all of the Italian events. Major exhibitions and retrospectives were held in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain. He created two boxed set albums, containing series of 10 aquatints, Monde Autre et Chamanes (Otherworld and Shamans), featuring poems by Michel Perrin. 1991-1994 : He went back to working in black and white, completing some very-large-format works. In Murano, in association with the San Carlo Gallery, he created Grands Verres (Large Glasses), a series of large vases and sculptures made of crystal. He painted Kåtan Mimi, an 8x9m Lapp tent, for the town of Arjeplog in Swedish Lapland. He completed a couple of 2m-high painted polyester sculptures, Lui et Elle (Him and Her). He then made a new series of crystal glasses and sculptures in Murano, Italy. He completed Présence (Presence), a new 3.5x2.7m tapestry for the municipality of Timrå, Sweden. He started on the Grands Initiés (Great Insiders) series, all large format and mixed black and white techniques. He finished the strong series about Norse gods. 1995-1996 : He moved into a new workshop in Paris. A retrospective was held at the Sundsvall Museum in Sweden, and on that occasion he painted a monumental 700-m² canvass, Le Géant sur la montagne (The Giant on the Mountain), which was hung all summer long on the mountain slope facing the town. He went on to complete a suite of six silkscreen prints on the same theme. Then he inaugurated the Y, a monumental sculpture. Lindström then completed Temps Zéro (Zero Time), a watch made for Swatch. One of his works, L’hiver (Winter), made the cover of the first 1996 issue of Telerama, the leading French weekly. In association with Sydkraft Sweden, he painted a fresco for the municipality of Örebro on a 17m-high tank with a surface area of 3,000 m², located at the crossroads of major Swedish motorways, by the entrance to the Åbyverket industrial estate. He also created a 6.5m-high Tången sculpture made of painted concrete in Ånge, which was inaugurated on September 3rd in the presence of their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden. 1997-1999 : He began working on ceramics in Albisolla, Italy. He also completed a new 30m-high fresco for the town of Örebro, located close to the tank he had painted in 1996 near Åbyverket. The year saw the inauguration of the Midlanda Contemporary Arts Centre in Sweden, which harbours the collection of the Bengt and Michèle Lindström Foundation, featuring the entire engravings collection (about 800 works), as well as a selection of paintings and sculptures. He completed a 4x10m mural in the lobby of the University of Eskilstuna, Sweden, and also completed two monumental frescoes on the Akkats dam and a mural on the power station facing Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland. 2000-2003 : He painted all of the sides of a semi-articulated lorry for Scania, Sweden’s main truck manufacturer. In Italy, he completed a new series of crystal sculptures with Adriano Bérengo. He finished the Great Prophets, a series of 2x2m oil on canvass works. Swiss publisher Ides et Calendes published a small but luxurious monograph, with text by Françoise Monnin. A notebook was also published, Le Visage dans l’Art de Bengt Lindström (Faces in the Art of Bengt Lindström). He completed a substantial series of large blue acrylic paintings, Femmes (Women). 2003 : Bengt fell ill and was unable to paint, but the exhibitions went on. 2004 : Saw the release of the film by Dag Jonzon and Hans Östbom, produced by Dell’arte AB and Östbom Filmbild, about the life of Bengt Lindström. Entitled Lindström - Le Diable de la couleur et de la forme (Lindström – The Colour and Form Devil), the film was produced thanks to support from Film Västernorrland, Länsstyrelsen Västernorrland and Sveriges Television. It was broadcast on Swedish television channels. That same year, the Midlanda Contemporary Arts Centre was closed as a result of municipal policy. 2005-2007 : The 6m-high sculpture Le Loup (The Wolf), made for PEAB, was inaugurated in Botkyrka-Stockholm. Lindström – The Colour and Form Devil was screened at the Paris Swedish Cultural Centre and released on DVD. The Michèle and Bengt Lindström Foundation was donated and transferred to the Länsmuseet i Västernorrland in Härnösand, Sweden, where a special room was prepared to host Les Grands Dieux Ase. Edition of the 1998 Ceramics, created in association with Francis Dellile’s ”La Tuilerie” workshop. The Bengt Lindström Collection was inaugurated at, Murberget, the Länsmuseet i Västernorrland in Härnösand, Sweden. He illustrated Sinfonietta för Juliana, a collection of poems by Italian poet and art critic Sebastiano Grasso. On January 29th, 2008, Bengt Lindström passed away at his home in Sweden. 2008-2012 : The Fondation Krimaro presents the first volume of the works of Bengt Lindström in his collection. Numerous exhibitions-tribute to the work are presented in major cities in Europe. 2012 : Retrospective - Black and White in the engravings - Museum of Härnösand, Murberget, Sweden. Main exhibitions 1952 Fair Réalités Nouvelles – New realities, Paris, France. 1953 Craven Gallery, Paris, France. 1954 Gummeson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Fair Salon d’Octobre, Paris, France. 1958 Breteau Gallery, Paris, France. 1959 Autour du Spontanéisme – Around the sontaneity, Stockholm, Sweden. L’Europe Nouvelle – The new Europe, LaUnited Statesnne, Switzerland. 1960 Rive Gauche Gallery, Paris, France. 1961 Tooth Gallery, London, England. Le Zodiaque Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. Fair Salon de Mai, Paris, France. 1962 Nouvelle Figuration – New Figuration , Mathias Fels Gallery, Paris, France, 1964 Nord-Sud – North-South, in several cities in Sweden. Ariel Gallery, Paris, France, 15 artists of my generation. Museum of Fine Arts in Gent, Belgium, Figuration-Défiguration – Figuration – Disfigurement. 1965 Rive Gauche Gallery. Paris, France. Nord Gallery, Lille, France. Birch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. 1966 Museum of Modern Art, Gothenburg, Sweden. 1967 Veranneman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, United States. Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 23 peintres in Paris. 1968 Ariel Gallery, Paris, France, followed by six exhibitions until 1976. 1969 La Pochade Gallery, Paris, France. Protée Gallery, Toulouse, France, who exhibited him in Paris, Gallery Protée II, from 1984. 1973 Galliera Museum, Paris, France. 1974 Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portugal. 1982 Gallery Protée-Arco, Madrid, Spain and Fair Foire de Cologne, Germany. 1983 Historia Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, The Ase gods and the Valkyries. 1984 Gallery Arcano XXI, Lisbon, Portugal. Gallery Christian Cheneau, Paris, France. Museum Château comtal, Carcassonne, France. 1985 Gallery Italia, Alicante, Spain. 1986 Gallery Sala Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain. Gallery Juan Mordo-Arco, Madrid, Spain. Gallery Italia, Alicante, Spain. Museum of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. Gallery Three Continents, New-York, United States. Gallery Protée, Toulouse France, Autour du Roi Lear – Around King Lear. 1987 Gallery Kostel, Paris, France. Gallery Zwirner, Cologne, Germany. Gallery Leu, Rottach-Egern, Germany. 1988 Maison du Lot, Figeac, France. Gallery Protée, Paris, France. Gallery Michèle Sadoun, Paris, France 1989 Gallery Michèle Sadoun, Paris, France, La terre des ancêtres - The Land pf the ancestors. Gallery Protée, Paris, France, Nomads. Gallery Raab, London, England. 1990 Gallery Michèle Sadoun, Paris, France. Centre Culturel de Brest, France. 1991 Gallery Michèle Sadoun, Paris, France. 1992 Archotèque, Saint-Denis, La Réunion, France. Museum of Vesoul, Vesoul, France. Gallery San Carlo, Milan, Italy. 1993 Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portugal. Tonnellerie du Cognac Monnet et Museum de Cognac, Cognac France. Museum Vasarely, Gordes, France. Gallery Tolhuis, Schell, Belgium. Gallery Guy Pieters Gent and Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium. Pinacothèque de Ravenne, Ravenna, Italy. 1994 Gallery Italia, Alicante, Spain. Gallery of Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Gallery Storm, Lille, France. Burträsk Marknad, Sweden. 1995 Couvent des Cordeliers, Châteauroux, France. Gallery Saint-Jacques, Brussels, Belgium. Gallery da Summa, Rome, Italy. Museum of Sundsvall, Sweden. Gallery Viktoria, Gothenburg, Sweden. Gallery Weihergut, Salzburg, Austria. Gallery Protée, Paris, France, Surgis d’ailleurs. 1996 Museum ofHärnosänd, Sweden, The Ase gods and Vikingarna. Museum de Jokkmok, Sweden, Around the Shamanism. Gallery Guy Bärtchi, Geneva, Switzerland. Gallery Dagmar Glemme, Halmstad, Sweden. Museum Castle of Örebro, Sweden. Gallery Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal. 1997 Gallery San Carlo, Milan, Italy. Gallery Viktoria, Gothenburg, Sweden, Gallery Daniel Duchoze, Rouen, France. Museum Of the City, Angers, France. Contemporary Art Center of Midlanda, Sweden, Religion and Mythology in the art of Bengt Lindström. Gallery Antonio Prates, Lisbon, Portugal. 1998 City of Le Mans, France. Gallery Guy Pieters, Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium. Contemporary Art Center of Midlanda, Sweden, Literature and Theatre in the art of Bengt Lindström. Museum of Ardenne, Charleville-Mézières, France. 1999 Swedish Cultural Center, Paris, France. Contemporary Art Center of Midlanda, Sweden, Album. Gallery Couleurs, Stockholm, Sweden. Gallery Artis, Gävle, Sweden. 2000 Gallery Italia-Arco, Madrid, Spain. Gallery S, Tibro, Sweden. Contemporary Art Center of Midlanda, Sweden, Racines. 2001 Gallery Artis, Gävle, Sweden. Gallery Artémoin, Saint-Tropez, France. Foire Internationale de Hambourg, Germany. 2002 Gallery Italia, Alicante, Spain. Gallery Da Summa, Rome, Italy. Contemporary Art Center of Midlanda, Sweden, Le dessin dans l’oeuvre de Bengt Lindström. 2003 Gallery Dukan, Marseille, France. Gallery Protée, Paris, France, Le pays des eaux blanches. Gallery d’art Bollnäs, Sweden. Gallery S, Tibro, Sweden. Gallery Viktoria, Gothenburg, Sweden. Gallery Vättern, Motala, Sweden. Gallery Couleurs, Stockholm, Sweden. 2004 Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba-Stockholm. Gallery Palm, Falsterbo, Sweden. 2005 Sundsvalls museum, Sweden. Gallery Viktoria, Gothenburg, Sweden. Gallery Vättern, Motala, Sweden. 2006 Sundsvalls museum, Sweden, Les Céramiques de La tuilerie. Gallery Lars Bollin, Östersjön, Sweden. Gallery San Carlo, Milan, Italy. 2007 Museum d’härnösand, Sweden. 2008 Studio L2, Stockholm, Sweden, Bengt Lindström Noir et blanc. Château de Grönsöö, Enköping, Sweden, Hommage à Bengt Lindström. Gallery Viktoria, Gothenburg, Sweden, Hommage à Bengt Lindström. Gallery Keramikens Hus, strängnäs, Sweden. Gallery PrincipalArt, Barcelone, Spain. 2009 Gallery San Carlo, Milan, Italy, Les grands dieux. Gallery PoliArte, Milan, Italy, Bengt Lindström - Monstrum ironicum. 2010 Gallery Georgio Ghelfi, Vérone, Italy, Appel e Lindström – Due artisti a confronto. Galeri Eklund , Djursholm, Sweden, Lindström – Les nus bleus. 2011 Gallery Flesser, Båstad, Sweden, Hommage à Bengt Lindström. Galeri Sinklar, Sudsvall, Sweden, Lindström – The gods.