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
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