Hilma af Klint: an abstraction from elsewhere

In partnership with the National Institute of Art History

Thibaut Chapotot – Festival de l’histoire de l’art 2019

16th january 2020

SPEAKER: PASCAL ROUSSEAU (university professor, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Disappeared in 1944, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint had instructed to wait at least half a century before showing his works to the public. From 1907, some five years before the date chosen as the historical birth of abstraction in 1912 (the first abstract compositions by Kandinsky, Kupka, Picabia, Delaunay), she nevertheless produced a series of monumental paintings, intended for decoration of a temple that will never see the light of day. These paintings which she claims to have executed under the dictation of angelic spirits constitute an enigma for the history of art, as they seem, by their radically abstract composition, to be a surprising formal innovation which deserves to be replaced in the epic of modernism.


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