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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hilma af Klint

Seeing Is Believing

(Hilma af Klint – Att se är att inse) 

This volume presents seven series of works by the pioneering artist Hilma af Klint. They were all created in the first half of the year 1920 and are the last paintings af Klint made before turning to watercolour and adopting a recognisable style of painting taught by Rudolf Steiner and his disciples.

The anthology is based on a seminar held at the Goethe-Institut London in conjunction with the exhibition Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen, which took place at the Serpentine Galleries during the spring of 2016.

Hilma af Klint – Seeing is Believing
(Hilma af Klint – Att se är att inse)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-18-3
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-08-4
95 illustrations. 29 x 23 cm (portrait). 152 pp
Spring 2020

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Japan’s Past and Present

In Japan, the study of nihonjinron became popular after the Second World War in an attempt to explain the uniqueness of the country’s culture and character. Some of the essays in this volume deal with these issues and explore aspects of the Japanese quest for a national identity. Today Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, but it is facing enormous challenges on a social, cultural, financial and political level.

These challenges are highlighted and analysed in this book through themes and topics from Japanese history: identity, architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan, the Samurais and many other subjects.

Japan’s Past and Present
ISBN: 978-91-63972-05-8
155 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 570 pp
Design: Patric Leo
Spring 2020

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Swedish Grace

A Forgotten Modernism

(Swedish Grace – En bortglömd modernism)

Swedish Grace is the most celebrated of all periods and styles of Swedish architecture. The Stockholm City Library, the Chapel of the Resurrection at the Woodland Cemetery outside Stockholm and the Stockholm Concert Hall are all world-famous and among the most highly regarded buildings in Sweden.

This anthology is an updated release of the sold-out Swedish Grace – The Forgotten Modern. Scholars of various nationalities discuss Swedish Grace from different angles, highlighting its contemporary relevance.

Text in Swedish
Swedish Grace – En bortglömd modernism
ISBN: 978-91-985236-7-6
153 illustrations. 31 x 23 cm (portrait). 232 pp.
Design: Patric Leo
Spring 2020

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Wallpapers Through Times

Perspectives from the Engelsberg World Heritage Site

(Tapeter genom tiderna – Perspektiv från världsarvet Engelsbergs bruk)

Over the centuries, wallpaper has been one of our most important wall decorations. Attitudes to wallpaper have changed over time, especially in recent decades. However, today there is a strong and growing interest in wallpaper and the historic preservation of buildings.

As the first stand-alone volume in a series on the Engelsberg World Heritage Site, this book provides an understanding of the history of wallpaper. Through numerous pictures, both historical and modern, the experts in the field provide us with an in-depth look into wallpaper, both as a craft and as an expression of different decorative ideals.

Text in Swedish
Tapeter genom tiderna
– Perspektiv från världsarvet Engelsbergs bruk
ISBN: 978-91-89069-03-9
130 illustrations. 30.5 x 24 cm (portrait). 200 pp
Spring 2020

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Essays on Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916–2006) gained international recognition with her groundbreaking book The Death and Life of Great American Cities and became a prominent political activist. But despite early worldwide attention, she remains unknown to many. Jacobs’ written work has an unusual breadth to it, with eight books ranging from economics and ecology to politics and social philosophy, taking on the whole mystery of society.

In this anthology, 13 writers consider unique aspects of Jacobs, reassessing her work in the context of our contemporary reality. They explore burning questions about how we build communities and cities – and how we can live together in them.

Essays on Jane Jacobs
ISBN: 978-91-98523-69-0​
65 illustrations. 22.5 x 16 cm (portrait). 300 pp
Design: Patric Leo
Spring 2020

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