For years she was an all-but-forgotten figure in art history, but Hilma af Klint’s work inspired some of the most celebrated artists of our time, including Joseph Albers, Paul Klee, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Mondrian and Kandinsky. Only recently has this visionary, trailblazing figure begun to receive the recognition she deserves, with a record-breaking retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 2018 marking the first major solo exhibition of her work in the USA.
Born in 1862, Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term even existed. She was inspired by spiritualism, modern science and the riches of the natural world around her. From 1906, she began to reel out a series of massive, colourful, sensual and strange works without precedent in painting.
This dazzling, course-correcting documentary from director Halina Dyrschka describes not only af Klint’s life and craft, but also examines her mischaracterisation and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.
‘Bristles with the excitement of discovery.’ – New York Times
‘One of the best films I’ve seen about fine art… staggering depth.’ – Rogerebert.com