Not all artists oeuvre can, will, or deserve to be collected in a CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ. But Hilma af Klint’s art not only deserves it – it demands it – since 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 For the first time ever, the reader will be able to review the complete works of Hilma af Klint in this historical document divided into seven volumes.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.
Hilma af Klint’s complete production – consisting of nearly 1,600 works – is now presented for the first time in this historic document. The series of books, consisting of seven volumes, is one of the first catalogues raisonnés made of a Swedish artist.
Hilma af Klint became known to a wider audience in 2013, nearly 70 years after her death, in conjunction with Moderna Museet’s Stockholm exhibition Hilma af Klint: Abstract Pioneer. Six years later, her work was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Both exhibitions saw record numbers of visitors, and today she is one of the world’s most acclaimed artists
“Hilma af Klint has become incredibly popular and beloved throughout the world,” notes Daniel Birnbaum, who is co-editor with Kurt Almqvist and wrote the forewords to the volumes in the series.
“What makes her art interesting is that the works are highly interconnected. A catalogue raisonné is necessary in order to see the different cycles, motifs and symbols that recur in a fascinating way. If people want to truly understand how Hilma af Klint’s works function, they need these books.”
The paintings in the catalogue raisonné are presented in the same order as Olof Sundström, also a follower of anthroposophy, numbered them in 1945, based on Hilma af Klint’s notes. The first three volumes have now been published and include her most famous series, The Paintings for the Temple. The four remaining volumes will be published in 2021 and 2022.
The forewords to the volumes are short and concise. They present facts about the works rather than interpretations. The works are printed in an exclusive edition designed by Patric Leo. A specially produced slipcase to hold all seven volumes will be available in 2022.
“These books will be essential in all future research on Hilma af Klint’s artistry,” says Daniel Birnbaum.
Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonné is published by Bokförlaget Stolpe in collaboration with Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.
‘ Today Hilma af Klint is recognised as one of the world’s most esteemed artists – an unprecedented triumph. Hilma af Klint’s time is now. Her art has become an important part of our Swedish cultural heritage. Few artists have been given the privilege of a catalogue raisonné. Thanks to Bokförlaget Stolpe’s comprehensive work, we now have the opportunity to become acquainted with the entirety of Hilma af Klint’s artistry. This would not have been possible without the support of the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit. As chairman of The Hilma af Klint Foundation, I would like to convey my warmest thanks.’
Ulrika af Klint
Chair, The Hilma af Klint Foundation
‘Here we can all follow the chronological development and hopefully understand a bit more about af Klint’s elusive, esoteric image-world. It is a tool that facilitates research, and fundamentally establishes the artist’s work – all in all, a true deed for culture.’
Birgitta Rubin, Dagens Nyheter