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Lars Vilks Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Death, Cause Of Death, Net Worth | Who Was Muhammad Cartoonist Lars Vilks? Bio

Who was Lars Vilks?

Lars Vilks (20 June 1946 – 3 October 2021) was a Swedish visual artist and activist who was known for the controversy surrounding his drawings of Muhammad. He also created the sculptures, Nimis and Arx, made of driftwood and rock, respectively. The area where the sculptures are located was proclaimed by Vilks as an independent country, “Ladonia“.

Lars Vilks, cartoonist who drew Prophet Mohammed, dies in car crash in Sweden

Lars Vilks, the cartoonist who drew Prophet Mohammed, dies in a car crash in Sweden

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who lived under police protection after his 2007 depiction of the Prophet Mohammed prompted death threats, died Sunday in a car accident.

The 75-year-old and two police officers were killed in a collision with an oncoming truck, Swedish police confirmed to AFP.

“This is being investigated like any other road accident. Because two policemen were involved, an investigation has been assigned to a special section of the prosecutor’s office,” a police spokesperson told AFP, adding that there was no suspicion of foul play.

The accident occurred near the small town Markaryd when the car Vilks was traveling in crashed into an oncoming truck. Both vehicles caught fire and the truck driver was hospitalized, according to police.

In a statement, the police said the cause of the accident was unclear.

“The person we were protecting and two colleagues died in this inconceivable and terribly sad tragedy,” said regional police head Carina Persson.

Vilks had been under police protection since his 2007 cartoon of Mohammed with a dog’s body prompted outrage among those who consider depictions of the Muslim prophet deeply offensive or blasphemous.

Al-Qaeda offered a $100,000 reward for Vilks’ murder.

The depiction also sparked diplomatic friction, with Sweden’s then prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt meeting ambassadors from several Muslim countries to ease tensions.

In 2015, Vilks survived a gun attack at a free-speech conference in Copenhagen that left a Danish film director dead.

Police Report

A statement from police said it was still unclear how the collision occurred, but initially, there was nothing to suggest that anyone else was involved.

“This is being investigated like any other road accident. Because two policemen were involved, an investigation has been assigned to a special section of the prosecutor’s office,” a police spokesperson told news agency AFP, adding that there was no suspicion of foul play.

The police car Vilks was in was traveling at high speed, according to local media reports.

One eyewitness told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the car Vilks was thought to have seemed to lose control and came over to his side of the motorway at high speed. The truck in front did not have time to swerve, and then they collided in a loud bang at “incredible speed,” he told the newspaper.

A large fire broke out after the accident, and several emergency vehicles attended at the scene.

Lars Vilks Biography, Wiki

Vilks was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. His father Eino Vilks was Estonian of Latvian descent and his mother was Swedish. He earned his doctoral degree in art history from Lund University in 1987 and worked at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 1988 to 1997.

From 1997 to 2003, he was a professor in art theory at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. As an art theorist, Vilks was a proponent of the institutional theory of art.

Muhammad Cartoonist Lars Vilks
Muhammad Cartoonist Lars Vilks
Full NameLars Endel Roger Vilks
Born20 June 1946
Helsingborg, Sweden
Died3 October 2021 (aged 75)
Markaryd, Sweden
Known forConceptual art
Sculpture
Notable workNimis (1980)
Arx (1991)
Muhammad drawings (2007)

Lars Vilks Wife and Children

There is very little information about Lars Vilks’ family on the internet. It is claimed by the news reporter that it was Lars Vilks’ partner who confirmed his death.

However, it is not still known whether she is his wife [fru]. To those who might be wondering, ‘Fru’ is the Swedish word for ‘wife’. Similarly, there is no information about the cartoonist’s children.

Lars Vilks Education

He earned his doctoral degree in art history from Lund University in 1987 and worked at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 1988 to 1997. From 1997 to 2003, he was a professor in art theory at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts.

Lars Vilks Career

Although an academically trained art theorist, Vilks was a self-taught visual artist. In the 1970s, he started painting, and in 1984, he embarked on creating the idiosyncratic sculptures that are his hallmark, starting with Nimis. At this time, in the early 1980s, postmodernism made its definite entry into the Swedish art scene, using inspiration from e.g. the French art philosopher Jean-François Lyotard.

As an art theorist, Vilks was a proponent of the institutional theory of art.

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Conceptual artists took the place of the earlier modernists on the contemporary art scene. These conceptual artists did not want their art to have any aesthetic or programmatic content but often focused on the artist’s self. Vilks was part of this movement in Sweden. He turned himself in as a piece of art to the spring saloon at Vikingsberg, Helsingborg, and turned his own car into a piece of art at the fall exhibition at Skånes konstförening.

In 1980 Vilks created two sculptures, Nimis and Arx, the former made entirely of driftwood and the latter of concrete and rock, in the Kullaberg nature reserve in Höganäs, Skåne. In 1996, the small area where the sculptures are located was proclaimed by Vilks as an independent country, “Ladonia”.

Nimis was sold to Joseph Beuys as a means to circumvent the Swedish building code laws concerning the unlawful building process. The sculpture of Nimis was owned by the late conceptual artist Christo; the legal document documenting the sale is on display at the Swedish Museum of Sketches.

Attacks on Lars Vilks

On 11 May 2010, Muslim protesters assaulted Vilks while he was giving a lecture about free speech at Uppsala University. The attacks started when a film about Islam and homosexuality (the video depicts images of topless men, including one brief image of two fully clothed men kissing, all interspersed with Islamic imagery) was shown and some Muslims began to demand that the film be stopped, saying it was gay porn.

The film in question was Iranian artist Sooreh Hera’s Allah ho Gaybar. Vilks’ eyeglasses were broken but he did not suffer any serious injuries and was escorted to safety by security, while a few of the protesters were detained by police. Despite previous death threats, this was the first act of violence against Vilks.

A few days later, on 15 May 2010, Vilks’ house in southern Sweden was attacked by arsonists. They smashed the windows and threw in bottles of gasoline. There was a small fire, but the house was not burned to the ground. Vilks was not at home at the time of the attack. Two Kosovar-Swedish brothers were arrested, and on 15 July they were sentenced to two and three years, respectively, of imprisonment.

On 24 November 2010, a video produced by the Somali Islamic terrorist organization Al-Shaabab was sent out. In the video, a Swedish-speaking voice appeals to “all the Somali brothers and sisters” in Sweden, to leave that country and come to Somalia to fight for Al-Shabaab. He announced a death threat against Vilks.

On 11 December 2010, a suicide bomber in Stockholm said in a message to media and the Swedish Security Police that “Now will your children, daughters, and sisters die the same way our brothers and sisters die. Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you don’t end your war against Islam and degradation against the prophet and your foolish support for the pig Vilks.”

Lars Vilks Net Worth

There is no information about his net worth but it seems that he has earned enough money from his career, he was undoubtedly making a sizable wage and amassing a sizable net worth. Furthermore, his career was his primary source of revenue.

Lars Vilks FAQ’s

Who was Lars Vilks?

Lars Vilks (20 June 1946 – 3 October 2021) was a Swedish visual artist and activist who was known for the controversy surrounding his drawings of Muhammad. He also created the sculptures, Nimis and Arx, made of driftwood and rock, respectively. The area where the sculptures are located was proclaimed by Vilks as an independent country, “Ladonia”.

Why was Lars Vilks attacked?

On 11 May 2010, Muslim protesters assaulted Vilks while he was giving a lecture about free speech at Uppsala University. The attacks started when a film about Islam and homosexuality (the video depicts images of topless men, including one brief image of two fully clothed men kissing, all interspersed with Islamic imagery) was shown and some Muslims began to demand that the film be stopped, saying it was gay porn.

What was Lars Vilks’s age?

Lars Vilks was 75 years old at the time of his death.

 

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