The art of seeing the Invisible- Hilma af Klint

At the moment on swedish tv they’re showing a series of interviews with various art historians and specialists from all over the world about Hilma af Klint, the swedish painter (1862-1944), and her milieu called The art of seeing the Invisible.

Basically it explores the connections between af Klint and Rudolf Steiner, theosophy and anthroposophy and other contemporary artists such as Malevich, Kandinsky, Mondrian and others.

All the speakers visited Stockholm for a symposium, run during the af Klint retrospective exhibition in May. The symposium was good but each speaker had only 20 minutes for their talk so it’s fantastic to hear the greater depth of the recorded talks.


(Unfortunately you have to join axess tv to watch it which is a shame as the whole program deserves a worldwide audience. But you can watch this youtube video with the curator of the Hilma af Klint exhibition which is very interesting. In swedish with english subtitles.)

I discovered a few new writers because of  the symposium such as Gary Lachman (who used to be in Blondie- the band- amazingly) and who’s written more than a dozen books on consciousness and the western mystical tradition. One of his books is on Swedenborg, the swedish scientist, philosopher and mystic, which I’d like to read at some point.  (There’s always something more to read. My reading pile just gets longer and longer. )


Hilma ‘channeled’ many of her central oeuvre of 193 paintings- called Paintings for the Temple- the main meaning of the paintings was to convey the knowledge of how all is one beyond the visible, dualistic world. It’s a fascinating exhibition.Portrait_of_Hilma_af_Klint

Hilma af Klint’s ( 1862-1944 ) exhibition ‘Abstract Pioneer’ was at the Moderna Museet  and ran from 16th February to 26th May 2013.

Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann

Youtube: 1/6 Rules of Abstraction by Matthew Collings

Other posts about Moderna Museet exhibitions:
A cup of tea with Monet, Turner and Twombly

A visit to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm


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