Hilma af Klint

The Art of Seeing the Invisible

(Hilma af Klint – Konsten att se det osynliga) 

In this exhaustive book on Hilma af Klint published to date, twenty specialists in Modern Art, Art History, the History of Ideas and Religious Studies use their expertise to explore af Klint’s unique artistry. The topics range from early Abstract Art and the impact of Darwin and Goethe’s Colour Theory, to the importance of occult religious movements such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy which influenced the early modernists. Some of Hilma af Klint’s own diary notes and research are also included.  

The book is based on a seminar held in conjunction with the extremely successful exhibition Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction in 2013 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. This is a re-print and includes an epilogue by Daniel Birnbaum.

Hilma af Klint – The Art of Seeing the Invisible
(Hilma af Klint – Konsten att se det osynliga)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-17-6
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-07-7
100 illustrations. 29 x 23 cm (portrait). 320 pp
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint

Occult Painter and Abstract Pioneer

(Hilma af Klint – Ockult målarinna och abstrakt pionjär) 

Hilma af Klint is nowadays regarded as one of the Abstract Art pioneers. She painted more than 1200 works before her death in 1944, but never showed them publicly outside her anthropological and occult circles. After twenty years of artistry she developed a distinct abstract style, and devoted the rest of her life to a grand painterly mission. The spiritual aspect was the most important starting point for Hilma af Klint, just as it was for her contemporaries Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. These early modernists were influenced by the then contemporary occult writers like Madame Blavatsky, Annie Besant, C.W. Leadbeater, and certainly af Klint’s spiritual leader Rudolf Steiner.

This book is a re-print, first published in 1989 in collaboration with The Hilma af Klint Foundation, and also served as the exhibition catalogue for the big exhibition, with the same title, at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Åke Fant (1943–1997) was a university lecturer, art historian and sculptor. He is still widely recognized as the foremost expert on Hilma af Klint’s body of work, and the one who implemented the first full study of the works.

Åke Fant: Hilma af Klint – Occult Painter and Abstract Pioneer
(Hilma af Klint – Ockult målarinna och abstrakt pionjär)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-47-3
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-46-6
155 illustrations. 29 x 23 cm (portrait). 250 pp
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: Spiritualistic Drawings 1896–1905

Catalogue Raisonné

Not all artists oeuvre can, will, or deserve to be collected in a CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ. But Hilma af Klint’s (1862–1944) work demands it: her oeuvre holds a message and reveals a philosophy. For the first time ever, the reader will be able to review the complete works of Hilma af Klint in this historical document divided into seven volumes. It is undeniably one of Sweden’s most fascinating collections of artistic output. The first volume, The Paintings for the Temple, will be published in autumn 2020. 

On assignment from Erik af Klint (1901–1981) – the only heir of Hilma af Klint’s works as well as the only donor to and founder of The Hilma af Klint Foundation (1972) – the paintings are presented in the same order as the anthroposophist Olof Sundström placed them in 1945. 

The works are printed in an exclusive edition designed by Patric Leo. The series is produced in co-operation with The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, and features introductions by Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist. A separate slipcase containing the seven volumes will be available in autumn 2021.

Spiritualistic Drawings shows af Klint’s works from 1896–1905. The abstraction in Hilma af Klint’s pictures developed over time; it was a process in which a group of female friends, The Five, played a major role. The members of the group acted as mediums and deemed themselves receivers of messages from spirits regarding the development of humanity.

Hilma af Klint: Spiritualistic Drawings 1896–1905
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-23-7
190 illustrations. 31 x 24 cm. 220 pp.
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: The Paintings for the Temple 1906–1915

Catalogue Raisonné

This is the best known of Hilma af Klint’s series of works. These mostly abstract paintings, including The Ten Largest, came to the artist – she claims – mediumistically in this period. The series illustrates the message to humanity that she believed had come to her by way of the High Masters. 

Hilma af Klint: The Paintings for the Temple 1906–1915
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-11-4
140 illustrations. 31 x 24 cm (portrait). 232 pp
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: The Blue Books

Catalogue Raisonné

This volume contains Hilma af Klint’s collected miniatures for The Paintings for the Temple. The artist travelled with these books in order to show the world her creations in a more accessible format. Af Klint wanted to generate interest amongst certain exclusive circles – anthropological assemblies and occult groups –  who might then exhibit her works for a circle of benevolent people. 

Hilma af Klint: The Blue Books
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-24-4
140 illustrations. 31 x 24 cm (portrait). 192 pp
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: Parsifal and the Atom 1916–1917
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-25-1
Spring 2021

Hilma af Klint: Geometric Series and Other Works 1917–1920
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-26-8
Spring 2021

Hilma af Klint: Late Watercolours 1922–1941
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-27-5
Spring 2021

Hilma af Klint: Landscapes, Portraits and Botanical Works 1886–1940
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-28-2
Autumn 2021

City, Civility and Capitalism

This anthology explores how Architecture, Urban Planning and Trade have contributed to Civility and Political order. Using Renaissance Italy as a starting point – where the first trading town was born – the writers bring us on a journey to modern cities and societies.

How can we create urban environments where the individual can flourish? Can townscapes in their own right generate happiness, and what role does architecture and trade play in creating civilised societies? 

City, Civility and Capitalism
ISBN: 978-91-89069-14-5
26 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 140 pp
Autumn 2020

Religion

In the Past, the Present Day and the Future

The belief in a governing, universal, celestial principle has followed us through human history. More than 80 per cent of the world’s population has a religious affiliation and even in secular states, religion continues to play an important role. Politics and international relations today cannot be understood without accounting for the element of religion in cultural contexts.

The essays in this book derive from the Engelsberg Seminar of 2014, and investigate the role which religion plays in society today and in the past. They also explore religion as a phenomenon in relation to the human condition and how it manifests itself as an individual experience. In order to understand ourselves, do we need to understand religion?

Religion. In the Past, the Present Day and the Future
ISBN: 978-91-89069-36-7
60 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 420 pp
Autumn 2020

Past and Present

To Learn from History

History, the collective experience of Mankind, teaches us about the present and the future. How do we look at events of the past? Do they help to solve our present political or economical conditions and conflicts?

The essays in this anthology derive from the Engelsberg Seminar in 2019 that dealt with these questions. From perspectives as varied as the History of Ideas, Evolutionary Psychology, and Ideologies – amongst others – the writers apply history to today’s concerns such as International Relations, Geopolitics, Economics, and the role of the individual and human nature in history. Perhaps it is only through applied history that we can find our way forward.

Past and Present. To Learn from History
ISBN: 978-91-89069-34-3
90 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 380 pp
Autumn 2020

Axel Törneman

A Pioneer of Modernism

(Axel Törneman: En modernismens pionjär)

Axel Törneman (1880–1925) is one of the pioneers of modern Swedish art history. He is best known for his large frescos in the Stockholm City Hall and elsewhere. Nonetheless, few people today have heard of him. He pursued his own path, consciously choosing not to belong to any artistic group. That may also be a factor in his relative anonymity.

This is the first biography of Törneman, written by Anita Theorell, who has a doctorate in art history. The book includes a large number of his lesser known easel paintings as well as previously unpublished material such as photos and drawings. Theorell presents an intense, bold, headstrong artist who lived far too short a life, one that was at times quite dramatic.

Anita Theorell: Axel Törneman – A Pioneer of Modernism
(Axel Törneman: En modernismens pionjär)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-30-5
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-09-1
140 illustrations. 32 x 24 cm (portrait). 280 pp
Spring 2021

Imagery of the Sea

Figureheads and Symbols

(Havets bildspråk – Galjonsfigurer och symboler)

Water routes long constituted the most natural way to travel, and the ships that people travelled on also served as an expression of their owner’s status and power. The roughly forty ship artefacts in the Maritime Collection at Engelsberg, in the form of figureheads, ornaments and other decorative elements, bear witness to many stories about life at sea.

This anthology presents a number of approaches to the many symbols and artistic expressions found on vessels, along with recent photos and newknowledge about the figureheads.

Imagery of the Sea – Figureheads and Symbols
(Havets bildspråk – Galjonsfigurer och symboler)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-98523-79-9
ISBN Swe: 978-91-985237-8-2
130 illustrations. 32 x 24 cm (portrait). 270 pp
Autumn 2020

Man and His Symbols

(Människan och hennes symboler)

Carl Gustav Jung’s Man and His Symbols is one of the most important classics of Analytical Psychology. In the book, Jung explains our dreams’ different symbols, a subject that is at least as thought provoking today as when the book was first published in 1964. With a new Swedish translation, this popular book is made accessible once again.

“This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his first attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public…” – The Guardian.

Text in Swedish
Människan och hennes symboler
ISBN: 978-91-89069-05-3
400 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm. 510 pp
Autumn 2020

Gustav III

Sin egen arkitekt/His Own Architect

Gustav III (1746–1792) is one of Sweden’s best-known and most important kings, both in Sweden and internationally. He is especially known as the founder of several academies – perhaps most notably the Swedish Academy, the body that selects the Nobel Prize laureates in literature – but also for his importance to theatre and art. Outside a small circle of connoisseurs, his importance as an architect, builder and patron has remained unknown. Few people are aware that he was also an architect and made his own drawings.

Now published for the first time, this exclusive edition will feature a total of 571 drawings, many by the king’s hand. It will be divided into three parts, and comes with a Gustavian table for display.

Bilingual edition

Gustav III – Sin egen arkitekt/His Own Architect
ISBN: 978-91-89069-06-0
571 illustrations. 70 x 50 cm (portrait). 600 pp
Autumn 2020

Gustav IIIs Collection

Architectural Drawings from the 17th–19th Centuries

Gustav III’s Collection including his own and other famous architects’ drawings, accompanied Gustav IV Adolf during his exile in 1809.  The collection was returned to Sweden via a purchase in 1925 by the brothers Helge and Axel Ax:son Johnson and was inherited by Axel’s daughter Marie-Claire. It is today stored at Engelsberg’s Ironworks and is owned by the Marie-Claire Cronstedt Foundation.

The drawings were made by Sweden’s leading architects during the 17th– and 18th centuries and include, among others, the castles and gardens at Drottningholm, Ekolsund, Haga, Gripsholm, Karlberg, Ulriksdal, Svartsjö, Stockholm and Uppsala. Even Gustav III’s own sketches are attributed.

This book serves as a compendium to Gustav III – His Own Architect where the drawings are reproduced in 1:1 format over three volumes.

Bilingual edition

Gustav IIIs Collection: Architectural Drawings from the 17th–19th Centuries
ISBN: 978-91-89069-29-9
571 illustrations. 21 x 29,5 cm (landscape). 300 pp
Autumn 2020

Expedition Vanadis

An Ethnographic Voyage Around the World 1883–1885

(Expedition Vanadis – En etnografisk världsomsegling 1883–1885)

Hjalmar Stolpe is one of Sweden’s best-known archaeologists and explorers. In the late 19th century he sailed around the world on the steamboat Vanadis. Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, India and Egypt are some of the places he visited on his 18-month journey. Also on the trip was the 22-year-old photographer Oscar Ekholm.

The expedition, one of the first of its kind ever to be documented using photography, brought home a unique collection that includes thousands of photographs. Bo G Erikson is a science journalist and honorary doctor at Uppsala University. This material has never been published before.

Bo G Erikson: Expedition Vanadis – An Ethnographic
Voyage Around the World 1883–1885
(Expedition Vanadis – En etnografisk
världsomsegling 1883–1885)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-20-6
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-01-5
130 illustrations. 23 x 31 cm (landscape). 250 pp
Autumn 2020