Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint (b 1862, Kalberg Palace; d. 1944, Danderyd) lived and worked in Sweden. Graduated from Royal Academy of Fine Arts (1887). Af Klint stipulated before she died that her abstract work was not to be shown until twenty years after her death for fear of her work not being understood. After the work was first shown at the exhibition The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890–1985 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1986 she was revealed to be a key figure in turn of the century modern art. Select solo exhibitions include The Secret Pictures by Hilma af Klint, MOMA, New York (1989); Ockult målarinna och abstrakt pionjär, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and touring (1989–1991); Painting the Unseen, Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Hilma af Klint, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo (2018); and Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018-2019). Select group exhibitions include An Atom in the Universe, Camden Arts Centre, London (2006); The Message. The Medium as artist – Das Medium als Künstler, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum (2008); Traces du Sacré, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008); Cosa mentale – Imaginaries of Telepathy of the 20th-Century Art, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz (2015-2016); The Keeper, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2016); and Beyond Stars – The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky, Musée d'Orsay, Paris (2017).

Last updated: 21.03.2019

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