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Hilma af Klint: Seeing is Believing is a handsomely redesigned edition of essays examining Hilma af Klint’s final abstractions.

The result of a series of lectures delivered during the 2016 Serpentine Galleries exhibition Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen, this volume gathers essays examining the last abstract series made by Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). The paintings were all created in the first half of the year 1920 and are the last paintings af Klint made before turning to watercolour.

Reproductions of these images are complemented by essays from Briony Fer, David Lomas, Branden W. Joseph, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum, which shed new light on af Klint and her importance for artists today, also addressing the need for a broader conception of art history that her work proposes.

Beautifully designed, Hilma af Klint: Seeing is Believing is a key contribution to the burgeoning scholarship on this immensely popular painter.
 

  • Edited by Kurt Almqvist and Louise Belfrage
  • Published by Thames and Hudson Ltd
  • Published 2 September 2021
  • 190 pages
  • Hardback

 
Before Malevich, before Kandinsky, before Mondrian, there was Hilma af Klint. The recent rediscovery of af Klint's abstract paintings has changed the course of art and art history. A Swedish artist-mystic working at the turn of the twentieth century, af Klint saw herself as a receiver of messages from the spirit powers who guided the creation of her work. She called on both the spiritualist and scientific investigations of her age (from theosophy and rosicrucianism, to new scientific discoveries about radiation, including X-rays and spectroscopy) in a quest to understand the visible and invisible mysteries of the world, and communicate them through art.