Hilma af Klint: The art of seeing the invisible


Scholars from diverse disciplines tackle the many questions posed by the work and life of abstraction pioneer Hilma af Klint


ISBN: 9789189069176 Category:

Briony Fer, Stephen Kern, Wouter J. Hanegraff, Helmut Zander, Raphael Rosenberg, Marco Pasi, Christoph Wagner, Marty Bax, Tessel M. Bauduin, Victoria Ferentinou, Iris Müller-Westermann


In this thorough critical appraisal, 20 specialists on modern art, art history, philosophy and religious studies examine the unique art, the cultural circumstances and art-historical positioning of Swedish abstractionist Hilma af Klint. Topics explored range from early abstract art and the impact of Darwinism to Goethe’s colour theory, as well as the importance of occult religious movements such as theosophy and anthroposophy that influenced the early modernists, and discussions of af Klint’s own personal diary notes and research.

The book is based on the seminars that were held in conjunction with the exhibition Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction in 2013. This extremely successful exhibition attracted a record number of visitors to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, after which it continued to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

Additional information

Weight 1631 g
Dimensions 23.4 x 29.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 27 July 2021
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Kurt Almqvist and Louise Belfrage
Dimensions 23.4 x 29.5 cm
Weight 1631 g


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Marty Bax, Director of Bax Art Concepts, The Netherlands. Daniel Birnbaum, art critic and artistic director of Acute Art in London and former director of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Briony Fer, Professor of History of Art at University College London. Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam. Stephen Kern, Humanities fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Marco Pasi, Associate Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam. Gertrud Sandqvist, Professor of Art Theory and the History of Ideas, and Principal of Malmö Art Academy. Helmut Zander, Professor of Religious Studies in the Faculty for Catholic Theology at the University of Fribourg.