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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Join the AFA for an after-hours tour of Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future with Tracey Bashkoff, Director, Collections and Senior Curator.
This exclusive tour will highlight the work of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944), who began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906 that were unlike any that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from any recognizable references to the physical world. The exhibition focuses on her breakthrough years, 1906-1920, when she first began to produce nonobjective and imaginative paintings, creating a singular body of work that invites a reevaluation of modernism and its development.
It would be years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and others would take similar strides to rid their own artwork of representational content. Yet while many of her better-known contemporaries published manifestos and exhibited widely, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private. She rarely exhibited them and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986, and only over the subsequent three decades have her paintings and works on paper begun to receive serious attention.
This survey of Hilma af Klint’s work will be the first major solo exhibition in the United States devoted to the artist, offering an unprecedented opportunity to experience af Klint’s long-underrecognized artistic achievements.