Symposium 19 April: Hilma af Klint
Early Abstraction and the Image of Spirituality
STOCKHOLM 19 APRIL 2013 AT 1 PM-6 PM
Hilma af klint
De stora figurmålningarna, nr 5,
Nyckeln till hittills-varande arbete,
grupp III, serie WU/Rosen, 1907
© Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk
Photo: Moderna Museet, Albin Dahlström
In the Auditorium
Contact: Ylva Hillström and Anna Tellgren
In the spring of 2013 Moderna Museet is presenting the retrospective exhibition Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction, featuring many works that have never before been shown in public. Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) left more than 1,000 paintings, watercolours and sketches. Although she exhibited her early representational works, she never showed her abstract paintings during her lifetime. Moderna Museet has invited international curators and researchers to lecture on different aspects of Hilma af Klint and the abstract tradition.
13:00 Welcome address by Daniel Birnbaum
13:10 Jan von Bonsdorff: Introduction
13:30 Leah Dickerman: On the Exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 at The Museum of Modern Art
15:00 Margareta Tillberg: Abstract Art: Making the Incomprehensible Visible
15:45 Dan Karlholm: Art History and Anachrony: The Case of Hilma af Klint
16:30 Guided tour of the exhibition by Ylva Hillström
Daniel Birnbaum is Director of Moderna Museet.
Jan von Bonsdorff is Professor of Art History at Uppsala University and member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.
Leah Dickerman is Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art. Over her career, Dickerman has organized or co-organized a series of exhibitions including Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 (2012–2013), Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art (2011–2012), Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity (2009–2010), Dada (2005–2006), and Aleksandr Rodchenko (1998). Her scholarship on the historical avant-garde appears in a broad range of publications, and she has been on the editorial board of the journal October since 2001.
Dan Karlholm is Professor of Art History at Södertörn University. Karlholm's research interests revolve around historiography, including the history and theory of art history in Sweden, Germany and in general, as well as museum studies and visual culture studies. Among his publications is Art of Illusion: The Representation of Art History in Nineteenth-Century Germany and Beyond (2004, 2nd ed. 2006). He is the Editor of Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History.
Ylva Hillström is Curator in the Department of Learning at Moderna Museet.
Margareta Tillberg is Associate Professor for History and Theory of Art and Design at School of Design, Linnaeus University. Since 2012 she is also a researcher at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University. In 2003 she published her doctorial thesis Coloured Universe and the Russian Avant-garde. M.V. Matiushin on colour vision in Stalin's Russia, 1932.
The symposium is organized in collaboration with Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien/The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.