Modern Films, Camden Art Centre, Serpentine Galleries and Frieze London 2020 present the UK Premiere of the film Beyond The Visible – Hilma af Klint. – the first film about the life and work of the visionary abstract painter. Find out more and book tickets here.
Beyond The Visible, directed by Halina Dyrschka, is about Hilma af Klint’s life and work, it chronicles her pioneering artistic practice and mystical view of the world, from the beginning of her career at Stockholm’s Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, to her involvement in Theosophy, spiritualist and occult movements, including joining “The Five”, a group of female artists who conducted séances which lead to experiments with automatic writing and drawing, pre-dating the Surrealists by several decades.
A radical pioneer, Hilma af Klint stipulated that her own work should not be shown for twenty years following her death, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her art. Dissatisfied with af Klint’s absence from the art historical canon, Beyond The Visible reveals the importance of the artist’s legacy, demanding a reevaluation of Modernism’s evolution and calling into question the broader conveniences of art history, how it is documented and for who’s benefit.
To coincide with the UK premiere a will take place on Monday 5 October at 6:30pm, featuring a live-streamed panel discussion and audience Q&A hosted by curator Daniel Birnbaum, in conversation with the film’s director Halina Dyrschka; artist Josiah McElheny and key curators of Hilma af Klint’s exhibitions including Emma Enderby (Co-curator, Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen, Serpentine Gallery, 2016) and Jenni Lomax (Director, Camden Art Centre (1990-2017) and Curator of Hilma af Klint – An Atom in the Universe, Camden Art Centre, 2006).
RSVP to the panel discussion here.
The online event will also feature an exclusive pre-recorded walkthrough with curator Martin Clark exploring the Camden Art Centre’s current exhibition which includes several Hilma af Klint works.