The Swan, No. 1, Group IX/SUW

Hilma af Klint, The Swan, No. 1, Group IX/SUW, 1915 Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

The Art of Seeing the Invisible

Symposium on Hilma af Klint and other visionaries

24.5 2013 – 25.5 2013


An international colloquium in connection to the closing of the exhibition Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction

This international, interdisciplinary colloquium aims at examining the zeitgeist during the turn of the 20th century with its dramatic interplay between the revolutionary new expressions within the arts on the one hand and scientific breakthroughs on the other. Many of these parallel developments carried a strong fascination with, and were greatly inspired by, the ideas coming from the occult currents at the time such as Spiritualism, Theosophy and Anthroposophy and by their charismatic leaders.

What were the causes for this eruption of creative visionaries at this particular point in time? What are the commonalities behind their ideas and expressions and in what ways did they give shape to the new forms of art as well as views of humanity in the new century? How can we understand the occult roots of modernity, the idea of the individual and the beginning of abstract art? How was the cultural, historical and physical reality changed in a time of radical technological breakthroughs as the X-ray, electromagnetic waves and the Morse-code? What can we learn of this intriguing interplay between the artistic, scientific, cultural and spiritual spheres? Who were Hilma af Klint’s contemporaries and in what way did these ideas influence her and them?

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