Hilma af Klint

Daniel Birnbaum introduces the first volume of Hilma af Klints Catalogue Raisonné – Spiritualistic Drawings (1889-1910).

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. 

Daniel Birnbaum introduces the second volume of Hilma af Klints Catalogue Raisonné -The Paintings for the Temple (1906-1915).

The Paintings for the Temple 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. The series illustrates the message to humanity that she believed had come to her by way of the High Masters. 

 

Daniel Birnbaum introduces the third volume of Hilma af Klints Catalogue Raisonné -The Blue Books.

In ten blue sketchbooks Hilma af Klint’s presented miniatures for The Paintings for the Temple, photographs as well as aquarelles. Hilma af Klint travelled with these books in order to show the world her creations in a more accessible format. 

A miniseries about Hilma af Klint

Together with international art historians, museum directors and scholars devoted to esotericism among other things, we have created a miniseries about Hilma af Klint’s life and artistry.

In this first episode we get to listen to the author and Hilma connoisseur Julia Voss who tells about the different myths that surround Hilma af Klint – and what her dream of the temple is really about.

Together with international art historians, museum directors and scholars devoted to esotericism among other things, we have created a miniseries about Hilma af Klint’s life and artistry.

In this second episode, we listen to doctoral student Hedvig Martin Ahlén who tells us about the spiritualist group Hilma was part of. The five, as the group called themselves, acted as mediums and considered themselves receiving messages from the spirit world. The years with the group constitute an important starting point for Hilma af Klint’s abstract painting and provide a background to what would later lead to her most important series – The Paintings for the Temple.

Together with international art historians, museum directors and scholars devoted to esotericism among other things, we have created a miniseries about Hilma af Klint’s life and artistry.

In this third episode, we listen to Marco Pasi who tells about the esoteric and revolutionary aspects of Hilma af Klints Work.

Together with international art historians, museum directors and scholars devoted to esotericism among other things, we have created a miniseries about Hilma af Klint’s life and artistry.

In this fourth and final episode, we meet Ulf Wagner, artist and board member of the The Hilma af Klint Foundation. During the 1980s, at the same time as art historian Åke Fant (1943–1997), Wagner was one of the first people to work with Hilma af Klint’s paintings – long before her art reached a larger audience. In this short film, Ulf Wagner talks about the view on Hilma af Klint and her work during this early period – when paintings were transported on trailers and mounted with hammers and nails – and about Hilma af Klint’s connection to anthroposophy.