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Painting by Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint, The Eros Series, No. 8, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

18.12 2020

Create at home – What does it mean?

When the artist Hilma af Klint created her paintings, she put together letters, known and unknown symbols, words and colors in a way that creates a very own language – a language of images. But what do the different symbols mean? Here is an assignment and a creative task that you can work with at home. Perfect for a day off!

q $ W * # – ? : ) ) £ u * & >…..What does it mean?

(from 4 years and up)

Some of Hilma af Klint’s letters and words we can understand, while others seem to carry their own meaning. In pink and blue it is written “rose” in a painting from 1907. In another painting from the same year you can read the word “love” written in yellow. And in yet another one she painted a large yellow “u” and a “w”. What do you think that means?

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What signs, words and symbols do you see?

Painting by Hilma af Klint
Hilma af Klint, The Ten Largest, No. 7, Adulthood, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Painting by Hilma af Klint
Hilma af Klint, Primordial Chaos, No. 10, 1906 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Painting by Hilma af Klint
Hilma af Klint, The Eros series, No. 6, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Painting by Hilma af Klint
Hilma af Klint, Primordial Chaos, No. 20, 1906–07 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Create your own picture with secret messages!

Even if you can not read or write, you can create pictures with letters, words and symbols – your very own signs and words that only you know what they mean and that you paint in any way you want! Get inspired by Hilma af Klint when you paint your own pictures with secret messages.

When you paint your own words, signs and symbols, you need paper and paint, such as watercolor, pens or pastel crayons. Use whatever you have at home and good luck!

Pst … Symbols, words and signs are all around us! Look around – you will find them in the store, on your cellphone and when you are out and about in the city.

If you want to – publish your pictures at Instagram and tag them with #modernamuseetmalmö

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Published 18 December 2020 · Updated 18 December 2020

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