The expressionist and abstract art movement emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Names like Kandinsky, Mondrian and Pollock come to mind. However, it is a woman born in 1862, in Stockholm, Sweden, who experimented with that style years before those great ones. Her name, Hilma af Klint, pioneer of abstract art.
Hilma af Klint began emerging as a highly respected artist since 1887. Her concerns, beliefs and practice in the world of spiritualism, would serve as inspiration for her works, produced between 1906 and 1915. However, these works would only be exposed privately since the artist was convinced that the world was not yet ready to understand or appreciate this new art. Literally, her works were paintings for the future.
She stipulated that her works were not to be exhibited until 20 years after her death in 1944. However, it is not until 1986 that these works began to be divulge and placed on exhibition.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York currently presents the works of Hilma af Klint until April 23, 2019. The exhibition is entitled “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future”. The museum located in the Frank Lloyd Wright building is located at 1071 5th Avenue, corner of 88th Street in New York.
For us it was a great experience to become acquainted and appreciate the work of af Klint and even more, in a museum as extraordinary as the Guggenheim.