Group X, No. 3, Altarpiece (1915) by Hilma af Klint


Two years ago I discovered the Swedish artist and pioneer of abstract art, Hilma af Klint (1862–1944), through a review of a 2013 exhibition in Stockholm. I went on to find out how she had been neglected in a MOMA exhibition Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925, curated by Leah Dickerman in 2012. Here’s a link regarding this:

Last Saturday I went down to London-village-of-the-rich to see the first ever British show of this amazing artist, Hilma af Klint – Painting the Unseen, at the Serpentine.

The painting Swan no. 17 was fantastic to see in the flesh. An online image had been the wallpaper on my mobile for a year. Now I have an image of the real thing! Art historians and curators of the world need to get busy re-writing the history of abstract art as HaK cannot be allowed to be forgotten as an obscure mystic.

HaK the swan 17.

The Serpentine show ends on Sunday 15th May. Unmissable.

Hilma af Klint


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