Hilma af Klint and Wassily Kandinsky Dreams of the Future

Mar 16 – Aug 11, 2024

  • Hilma af Klint, Group IV, The Ten Largest, no. 7, Adulthood, 1907, Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation. Photo: The Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Two great artists are considered the guiding stars of Western abstraction: on the one hand, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), the Russian painter, co-founder of the “Blauer Reiter” in Munich, and teacher at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau; on the other, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), the Swedish artist whose visionary work has only recently been rediscovered and who has since inspired a large audience.

With the exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the works of af Klint and Kandinsky will be united for the first time in a comprehensive exhibition. It offers the unique opportunity to view and compare the paintings, watercolors, drawings, and notes of both artists. Af Klint and Kandinsky, who lived almost simultaneously, have in common that, with abstraction, they strove to invent much more than a new style of painting. Both dreamed of a future, to which art would point the way.

The exhibition is curated by Julia Voss, author of „Hilma af Klint: A Biography“, and Daniel Birnbaum, co-editor of „Hilma af Klint: Catalogue Raisonné“.

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