Seeing is Believing: A Seminar on Hilma af Klint's importance today

Goethe-Institut, SW7 2PH

9 May 2016 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Seeing is Believing: A Seminar on Hilma af Klint's importance today

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Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation and the Serpentine Galleries presented a seminar on artist Hilma af Klint on the occasion of the exhibition Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen at the Serpentine Gallery. With Kurt Almqvist, Daniel Birnbaum, Briony Fer, Branden Joseph, David Lomas and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The Serpentine Gallery was open to allow ticket-holders to view the Hilma af Klint exhibition immediately prior to the event.

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The seminar aimed to advance the understanding of Hilma af Klint’s visionary works, the impact it is having in our time, over a 100 years after their creation, and how af Klint expands our notions of art history. 

This seminar was organised by the Ax:son Johnson Foundation together with the Serpentine Galleries as a part of the Foundation’s ongoing effort to further the dissemination of scholarly knowledge. For previous seminars arranged by the Ax:son Johnson Foundation on Hilma af Klint visit the Foundation's website.

PROGRAMME
Seeing is Believing – On Hilma af Klint’s Importance Today

2:30pm, Serpentine Gallery: special viewing of Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen  (from 2:30-3:30pm only)

3:30pm, Goethe-Institut: Registration and coffee

4pm, Goethe-Institut: Seminar: 
- Kurt Almqvist, President, Ax:son Johnson Foundation
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries
- David Lomas, University of Manchester
- Prof. Briony Fer, UCL
- Branden Joseph, Columbia University
5pm, Goethe-Institut: Discussion, moderated by Daniel Birnbaum
Closing remarks by Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Moderna Museet Stockholm and co-curator of Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen

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Exhibition

Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen

3 Mar 2016 to 15 May 2016

Serpentine Galleries presented an exhibition of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862–1944), who is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. While her paintings were not seen publicly until 1986, her work from the early 20th century pre-dates the first purely abstract paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich.

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Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 15 May 2016)
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Hilma Af Klint: Painting the Unseen Installation View 7

Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 15 May 2016)
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Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 15 May 2016)
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Hilma Af Klint: Painting the Unseen Installation View 8

Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen Installation view Serpentine Gallery, London (3 March – 15 May 2016)