Series II, No. 1, Starting Picture (Serie II, Utgångsbild)


Series II, No. 1, Starting Picture (Serie II, Utgångsbild)
When Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from any recognizable references to the physical world. It was several years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to free their own artwork of representational content. Yet af Klint rarely exhibited her groundbreaking paintings and, convinced the world was not ready for them, stipulated that they not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her abstractions remained all but unseen until 1986. Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum October 12, 2018–April 23, 2019, is the first major solo exhibition in the United States devoted to the artist, who imagined installing her works in a spiral temple.

These excerpts from the Guggenheim app feature insights from Tracey Bashkoff, Director of Collections and Senior Curator.
315: Series II (1920) by Hilma af Klint
Klint, Hilma af
Oil on canvas
10.6 x 14.3 in (27 x 36.5 cm)
Albin Dahlström, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Rights Holder
The Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm
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