Hilma af Klint

The Art of Seeing the Invisible

(Hilma af Klint – Konsten att se det osynliga) 

In the most exhaustive book on Hilma af Klint ever published, as many as 20 specialists in modern art, art history, the history of ideas and religious studies use their expertise to capture af Klint’s unique artistry. The topics range from early abstract art, the impact of Darwinism and Goethe’s Colour Theory to the importance of occult religious movements such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy, which influenced the early modernists, to Hilma af Klint’s own personal diary notes and research.

The book is based on seminars held in conjunction with the extremely successful exhibition Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction in 2013.

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: The Paintings for the Temple 1906–1915

Catalogue Raisonné

Not all artist oeuvre can, will or deserves to be collected in a CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ. But Hilma af Klint’s (1862–1944) work as an artist not only deserves this – it demands it, as was intended. The work should be seen and appreciated in the series of paintings often depicting specific themes, such as evolution and the Dual (the syzygy: male and female). Hilma af Klint was a pioneer of art who made a turn away from visible and towards spiritual reality. The catalogue raisonné, divided into seven volumes, can also be seen as a historical documentation of the artist’s spiritual development and of one of Sweden’s most fascinating collections of artistic output.

The works, some 1,600 in all, are printed in an exclusive edition designed by Patric Leo and produced with the permission of the Hilma af Klint Foundation. The books feature introductions by Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist. A separate slipcase containing the seven volumes will be available in spring 2021.

The Paintings for the Temple is the best known of af Klint’s series of works. These mostly abstract paintings, including The Ten Largest, came to the artist mediumistically in this period. The idea was to convey knowledge about the unity of all existence.

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). 184 pp
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: The Blue Books 1906–1915
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-24-4
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: Spriritistic Drawings 1896–1905
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-23-7
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: Parsifal and the Atom 1916–1917
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-25-1
Autumn 2020

Hilma af Klint: Geometrical Studies 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

Hilma af Klint: The Blue Books 1906–1915

Catalogue Raisonné

This book consists of Hilma af Klint’s collection of sketchbooks 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.

Hilma af Klint: The Blue Books 1906–1915
Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 978-91-89069-24-4
140 illustrations. 31 x 24 cm (portrait). 144 pp
Autumn 2020

City, Civility and Capitalism

This anthology explores how architecture, urban design and trade historically and today have contributed to civility and political order. The writers examine civility as a concept and its role in both political organisation and economic relations between citizens in Renaissance Italy.

The book also focuses on the cities of today and how we can create urban environments where the individual can flourish. Can townscapes and good manners generate happiness, and what role does architecture play in creating civilised societies? Can civility prevail in a world of disruption?

City, Civility and Capitalism
ISBN: 978-91-89069-14-5
40 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 200 pp
Autumn 2020

English cover coming soon.

Axel Törneman

Art is Life

(Axel Törneman: Konsten är livet)

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.

Axel Törneman: Art is Life
(Axel Törneman: Konsten är livet)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-30-5
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-09-1
140 illustrations. 32 x 24 cm (portrait). 280 pp
Autumn 2020

Imagery of the Sea Figureheads and Symbols

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 the 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

Gustav III – His Own Architect

Gustav III – 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.

Gustav III – His Own Architect
ISBN: 978-91-89069-06-0
571 illustrations. 70 x 50 cm (portrait). 600 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.

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