Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian – Forms of life
Exhibition from 07 October 2023 till 25 February 2024 at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag
In my blog I do not often show just paintings but I found that this Swedish artist, could be important for textile artists. She was one of the pioneers of abstract art (with Mondriaan, Malewitz, Kandinski and František Kupka), but until recently nearly forgotten by the art history. The same will happen to abstract weavers, both Western and non-Western, who are also more and more recognized for their early abstract work. Interesting on af Klints work also is that she painted them from her inner visions, that she did not completely understand herself (she asked Rudolf Steiner, founder of the anthroposophic movement, to explain the meaning of her work to her). It is interesting to read more about her and her spiritual view on the world! wikipedia, Hilmar af Klint Beatrijs Sterk
Some words from the press release from the exhibition:
The work of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) has attracted increasing attention in recent years with successful solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and various European museums. Her work can be seen from October 7 at Kunstmuseum Den Haag together with that of her contemporary Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Not because their works are similar (except early in their careers when they both painted landscapes) but because they were driven by the same impulses: spirituality, scientific developments and an urge to look beyond what is immediately visible. They each followed an independent and unique path towards abstraction in a changing world and thus occupy an important place in art history. The exhibition features a wide selection of works, including Af Klint’s most famous series: The Ten Largest (1907).