Not all artists oeuvre can, will, or deserve to be collected in a Catalogue Raisonné. But Hilma af Klint’s (1862–1944) work demands it: her oeuvre holds a message and reveals a philosophy. For the first time ever, the reader will be able to review the complete works of Hilma af Klint in this historical document divided into seven volumes. It is undeniably one of Sweden’s most fascinating collections of artistic output. The first volume, The Paintings for the Temple, will be published in autumn 2020.
On assignment from Erik af Klint (1901–1981) – the only heir of Hilma af Klint’s works as well as the only donor to and founder of The Hilma af Klint Foundation (1972) – the paintings are presented in the same order as the anthroposophist Olof Sundström placed them in 1945.
The works are printed in an exclusive edition designed by Patric Leo. The series is produced in co-operation with The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, and features introductions by Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist. A separate slipcase containing the seven volumes will be available in autumn 2021.
Hilma af Klint: Spiritualistic Drawings 1896–1905
Spiritualistic Drawings shows af Klint’s works from 1896–1905. The abstraction in Hilma af Klint’s pictures developed over time; it was a process in which a group of female friends, The Five, played a major role. The members of the group acted as mediums and deemed themselves receivers of messages from spirits regarding the development of humanity.
Hilma af Klint: The Paintings for the Temple 1906–1915
This is the best known of Hilma af Klint’s series of works. These mostly abstract paintings, including The Ten Largest, came to the artist – she claims – mediumistically in this period. The series illustrates the message to humanity that she believed had come to her by way of the High Masters.
Hilma af Klint: The Blue Books
This volume contains Hilma af Klint’s collected miniatures for The Paintings for the Temple. The artist travelled with these books in order to show the world her creations in a more accessible format. Af Klint wanted to generate interest amongst certain exclusive circles – anthropological assemblies and occult groups – who might then exhibit her works for a circle of benevolent people.
Parsifal and THE Atom (1916–1917)
In her Parsifal and the Atom Series Hilma af Klint attempted to understand the messages she had received earlier. In Parsifal she explored her inward self through the journey of a boy and a girl and their various levels of consciousness. In her Atom Series, af Klint explored the inner parts of our existence through what scientists then considered the smallest particles in the world.
Geometric series and Other Works (1917–1920)
Throughout her life, Hilma af Klint used research-oriented methods, trying to understand the spiritual contexts of the world. She investigated plants and other objects in their geometrical form. Nature was perfect; we humans just needed to look at it more closely.
Late Watercolours (1922–1941)
After her mother’s death in 1920, Hilma af Klint gave up her geometrical works and began to paint with watercolours, as in the series On the Viewing of Flowers and Trees, from 1922.
Landscapes, Portraits and miscellaneous (1886–1940)
This volume shows Hilma af Klint’s splendour as a painter of landscapes, portraits and botanical works. The total number of illustrations in this book is still not determined since many of these works were sold to private buyers. In early 2020, the publishing house is conducting a search to find further works.