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Visionary: On Hilma af Klint and the Spirit of Her Time

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Visionary: On Hilma af Klint and the Spirit of Her Time


This symposium, presented in conjunction with "Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future," explores how Theosophy—a religious movement that seeks to reconcile existing spiritual and philosophical teachings—and other esoteric belief systems that emerged at the turn of the 20th century impacted the development of abstraction in the United States and Europe. Through short talks and moderated discussions, participants will consider how these currents converged in af Klint’s visionary work.

The international roster of speakers includes Kurt Almqvist (Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Stockholm), Tracey Bashkoff (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), Patricia Berman (Wellesley College, Massachusetts), Daniel Birnbaum (Moderna Museet, Stockholm), Linda Dalrymple Henderson (University of Texas at Austin), Isaac Lubelsky (The Open University of Israel), Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam), and Julia Voss (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany).

The program is followed by a reception and viewing of Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.

$8, $5 members, free for students with RSVP.

A symposium co-presented by Ax:son Johnson Foundation together with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.



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