This dazzling portrait of a visionary, trailblazing artist reveals not only her colourful, sensual, strange works but also the skewing of art history that would leave her out of the narrative of abstraction for so long.
“In order to tell the history of abstraction now, you have to re-write it.” Josiah McElheny, Artist.
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed. A visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colourful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting.
The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery.
Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling documentary shows not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the skewing of the history of art that would leave her astounding ouevre out of the narrative of artistic progress for so long.