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Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonne Volume 1: Spiritualistic Drawings is the first volume of a beautiful new Hilma af Klint catalogue raisonné.

The drawings in this first volume of a new catalogue raisonné represent an intense ten-year period of Hilma af Klint’s (1862-1944) life that would lay the foundation for her later achievements. In 1896, af Klint and four other women formed ‘The Five’, a group steeped in the spiritualist beliefs permeating Europe at that time, including theosophy, Rosicrucianism and other strains of liberal religious thought. From 1896 to 1907, The Five engaged in a daily systematic method of spiritual experimentation. During séances, Hilma af Klint drew automatic spiritual sketches based on the messages that the medium (not always the same member) communicated from the spirits the group summoned. The elaborate system of symbols, geometry and biological imagery that characterise her work all find their origin during this period.

This stunning clothbound volume collects these paintings in the first of a projected and collectible seven-volume catalogue raisonné that will present the entirety of af Klint’s work in its dazzling totality for the first time.

  • Edited by Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist
  • Published by Thames and Hudson Ltd
  • Published 1 April 2021
  • 220 pages
  • Hardback

Kurt Almqvist is the President of Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit. Daniel Birnbaum is an art critic and artistic director of Acute Art in London and former director of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.