Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonne Volume 3: The Blue BooksHilma af Klint
Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonne Volume 3: The Blue Books collects sketches made in preparation for af Klint’s masterwork The Paintings for the Temple. It is the third volume of a beautiful new Hilma af Klint catalogue raisonné.
Hilma af Klint rarely exhibited her work during her lifetime, and her magnum opus, The Paintings for the Temple, was shown to the public in the series of exhibitions that started in 2013 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and ended with the grand exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2018-19. This series of 193 paintings began with af Klint receiving communication from an otherworldly figure during a séance. Specific themes, such as evolution and duality, are conveyed through vivid pastel colour schemes and intricate geometric patterns arranged carefully on canvases that reach over ten feet in height.
This stunning clothbound volume, the third in the artist’s first seven-part catalogue raisonné, contains the sketches and preparatory work af Klint made in anticipation of The Paintings for the Temple. af Klint traveled with these sketchbooks so as to be able to show her friends her work in a more accessible format.
- Edited by Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist
- Published by Thames and Hudson Ltd
- Published 1 April 2021
- 144 pages
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.