Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hilma af Klint

Hilma Af Klint

Hilma Af Klint (1862-1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic. She belonged to a group of artists called “The Five” that all shared a complex philosophical and spiritual understanding of the world. After about ten years of spiritual teaching Hilma af Klint was given the task to paint as a medium. Between 1906 and 1915 she created the Central work, also called The paintings for the Temple. It consists of nearly 200 paintings. Only a very limited circle of persons was allowed to see the paintings during Hilma’s life-time. In accordance with her wishes the paintings were not to be displayed in public until at the earliest 20 years after her death. Klint’s work is amongst the first in abstract art ( the painting above doesn't represnt her abstracts painitngs). Before she died she stipulated that her work not be shown for 20 years after her death. not until the turn of the year 1999/2000 was the Central work showed in its whole. This happened at the millennium exhibition at Liljevalchs art gallery.


sroden said...

i love her work. first saw it in the seminal spiritual in abstract painting at lacma in 1986 - i lived across the street from the museum, and the show had an enormous influence on me. i believe it was the first time her work was shown in the usa, and the room of her paintings were an incredible thing to see. a few years ago her work was featured along with emma kunz - whom you should look into if you don't know, and agnes martin, a great dynamic between the 3 of them.

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