Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

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Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

“[Af Klint’s] huge body of abstract work maps an elaborate universe of invisible forces and transcendent forms that vibrate beyond our material perception.” (BBC)

Whether or not you saw Swedish artist Hilma af Klint’s record-breaking retrospective at the Guggenheim last year, you will be fascinated by this story of a once-obscure artist who has recently turned the thinking about early-20th-century art on its head. Af Klint (1862–1944) created her first abstract canvas in 1906—years before Wassily Kandinsky, who until recently was credited as the movement’s pioneer. Inspired by spiritualism, science, and the natural world, she painted radically contemporary microcosms of color and form. An immersion in her prolific work, this film also explores how such an exceptional woman could be erased from the art world, ignored by an industry fixated on the idea of male “genius” for more than a century.

This film is part of the Frameworks 2020: Art on Film series.

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