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Exhibition June 12 − September 19

Hilma af Klint. Secret paintings

Art Gallery of New South Wales invites you to visit the exhibition “Hilma af Klint. Secret paintings ".

The exposition includes amazing paintings from the "Ten Most Important" and "Paintings for the Temple" series. The exhibition also sheds light on the artist's early botanical research, showcasing experimental drawings made by the spiritualist group The Five, and a large selection of abstract watercolors, some of which have never been shown to the public before. A selection of Af Klint's notebooks provide a fascinating insight into her thoughts and creative exploration.

Hilma af Klint graduated with honors from the Stockholm Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1887 and was recognized as a talented naturalist painter, but in 1906 she chose a radically different path in painting after a strong passion for mysticism and spiritualism. No one has ever created paintings like her - so monumental in scale, with such bright color combinations, mysterious symbols and otherworldly forms. In an era of limited creative freedom for women, her paintings became the outlet for her exceptional mind, spiritual quest and innovative artistic vision. Believing viewers of her time were not ready for what she created, Af Klint left instructions that her work should be kept secret for at least 20 years after her death in 1944. Only in 2013 was the first museum retrospective of her work presented.

Based on site materials Art Gallery of New South Wales.