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Hilma af Klint : the art of seeing the invisible

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. The book has an epilogue by Daniel Birnbaum. This is a new edition that includes a recent essay by Kurt Almqvist, Hilma af Klint s Secret Teachings, Message and Philosophy , based on previously unpublished material. It investigates parts of Hilma af Klint s story that have not been looked at before: the background of her teachings and philosophy; the developments after her death in 1944 up until the formation of The Hilma af Klint Foundation in 1972; and the only heir to her works: the anthropologist Vice-Admiral Erik af Klint (1901 1981), the Foundation s founder and only donor.

  • ISBN: 9789189069176
  • Published: 2020-12-09
  • Graphic design: Patric Leo
  • Illustrated. 233x290x32 mm. 262 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Louise Belfrage is a project manager and international advisor at Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit and a member of Axess Magazine’s editorial board.


Briony Fer has written extensively on modern and contemporary art.

Christoph Wagner is Professor and Chair of Art History at the University of Regensburg.

Daniel Birnbaum is the Artistic director of Acute Art, London.

David Lomas is Professor of Art History at the University of Manchester.

Gary Lachman is an adjunct professor of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Gertrud Sandqvist is Professor in the Theory and History of Ideas of Visual Art at Malmö Art Academy and at Lund University, Sweden.

Dr Hanne Loreck studied visual communication, art theory, philosophy, and German literature and has been Professor of Art Theory and Culture and Gender Studies at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg since 2004, where she also held an appointment as Vice-President from 2006 to 2019.

Helmut Zander has been Professor of Religious Studies in the Faculty for Catholic Theology at the Université de Fribourg since 2011.

Iris Müller-Westermann has been the Director of Moderna Museet Malmö since 2016.

Marco Pasi is the director of the Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.

Raphael Rosenberg grew up in Milan, studied in Munich and Basel.

Stephen Kern teaches at Ohio State University. His research has explored psychoanalysis, phenomenology, the body and sexuality, time and space, love, causality, murder, narrative, secularization, and the Internet.

Dr Tessel M. Bauduin is Assistant Professor in Art History at the Open University, the Netherlands, and author of the monograph Surrealism and the Occult.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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