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A Short Video Introduction to Hilma af Klint | ARTLECTURE

A Short Video Introduction to Hilma af Klint

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by Hilma af Klint
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Hilma af Klint, 1862-1944 , Karlberg Palace, Sweden

Movement: Naturalism, Abstract Art

Hilma af Klint was engrossed in Theosophy because of her younger sister who died at an early age. It is said that the effect created an occult style of painting. However, she decided for herself that no one would be able to fully understand her paintings at that time, so in accordance with her will, she was never allowed to show her artwork to the world for 20 years after her death. After all, it was not until the mid-1960s that it could be released to the public.

Her exhibition will be held in Guggenheim in the first half of next year. As the Guggenheim’s Senior Curator and Director of Collections, Tracey Bashkoff, points out, af Klint’s work was trading in symbolic, non-naturalistic forms ten years before abstractions began showing up in the work of the men we consider pioneers—Vasily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. 

This video above is a documentary about her story.

Video: Featuring interviews with Tracey Bashkoff, Christine Burgin, Susan Cianciolo, and Josiah McElheny

Commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the exhibition

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future , Guggenheim Museum

October 12, 2018 — April 23, 2019

All images/words © the artist(s) and organization(s)



Produced by Ways & Means
Directed by Ted Gerike and Felipe Lima
Executive Producers Lana Kim and Jett Steiger
Producer Steph Max
Guggenheim Producers Stephan Knuesel and Naomi Leibowitz
Voiceover Narrator Hayley Magnus
Editor Sean Leonard
Music Andrew Miller
Sound Mixer Colin Alexander
Motion Graphics Matthew Miller
Post Sound Unbridled Sound
Sound Supervisor Brent Kiser
Sound Editor Ian Chase
Color Bossi Baker