Collection: Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

About the Exhibition

From October 12, 2018, to February 3, 2019, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present the first major solo exhibition in the United States of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944). When af Klint began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from recognizable references to the physical world. It was several years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to free their own artwork of representational content. Yet af Klint never exhibited her remarkably forward-looking paintings and, convinced the world was not ready for them, stipulated that they not be shown for 20 years following her death. Ultimately, her work was not exhibited until 1986, and it is only over the past three decades that her paintings and works on paper have received serious attention.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future will offer an opportunity to experience af Klint’s artistic achievements in the Guggenheim’s rotunda more than a century after she began her daring work. Curated by Tracey Bashkoff, Director of Collections and Senior Curator, with the assistance of David Horowitz, Curatorial Assistant, and organized with the cooperation of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm, the exhibition will feature more than 160 of af Klint’s artworks and focus on the artist’s breakthrough years, 1906–20. It is during this period that she began to produce nonobjective and stunningly imaginative paintings, creating a singular body of work that invites a reevaluation of modernism and its development.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring eight scholarly essays and a roundtable discussion. Contributions by leading art historians and contemporary artists delve into such topics as af Klint’s relationship to modernism, her engagement with new understandings of science and spirituality, and how her work allows us to expand and reimagine the cannon.

 

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Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 4, Youth by Hilma af Klint
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Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 7, Adulthood by Hilma af Klint
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Untitled No. 22 by Hilma af Klint
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Untitled No. 1 from a series of altar paintings by Hilma af Klint
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Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 1, Childhood by Hilma af Klint
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Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 2, Childhood by Hilma af Klint
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Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 3 Youth by Hilma af Klint
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Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 6, Adulthood by Hilma af Klint
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Series W, The Tree of Wisdom, No. 1 by Hilma af Klint
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