Hilma Af Klint: Visionary

Kurt Almqvist, Louise Belfrage, Margaret Ax:son (Eds.)

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  • Stolpe Publishing
  • 2019
  • ISBN 9789163972034
  • 180 pages
  • 60 illustrations
  • Hardcover, linen
  • 28.5 × 22.5 cm

Visionary: on Hilma af Klint and the Spirit of Her Time

The 2018 exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, introduced the general public to the abstract mystical masterpieces of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). Based on a seminar held at the Guggenheim Museum at the opening of this acclaimed exhibition, this volume compiles the insights of the seminar’s contributors alongside reproductions of works, archival photographs and images from af Klint’s journals.

Hilma af Klint: Visionary explores the social and spiritual movements that appeared at the turn of the 20th century, inspiring the pioneers of modernism and abstract art: Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich and af Klint. What was the zeitgeist that inspired such an eruption in abstract art? What were the conditions that created Hilma af Klint? Academics and experts Julia Voss, Tracey Bashkoff, Isaac Lubelsky, Linda Dalrymple Henderson and Marco Pasi each take a different approach. Voss analyzes af Klint’s biography, pinpointing five important events in her life; Bashkoff presents her connection to Hilla Rebay and her plans for the building of a temple; Lubelsky traces the origins of theosophy in New York; Henderson examines the occult and science; and Pasi considers esotericism’s changing role in culture.

Edited by Kurt Almqvist, Louise Belfrage, Margaret Ax:son. Introduction by Daniel Birnbaum. Text by Julia Voss, Tracey Bashkoff, Isaac Lubelsky, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Marco Pasi.

Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Director of Collections and Senior Curator at the Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Daniel Birnbaum, artistic director of Acute Art in London.

Linda Dalrymple Henderson, the David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Isaac Lubelsky has studied at the School of History, Tel Aviv University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2005.

Marco Pasi, Associate Professor in the History of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam.

Julia Voss has studied German Literature, Philosophy and Art History in Freiburg, London and Berlin. She did her Ph.D. in Art History on Darwin’s Pictures. View of Evolutionary Theory – 1837 to 1874.