Shapes in yellow, green, red, orange and white against a purple background

Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 7, Mannaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet

Hilma af Klint

The Ten Largest

22.9 2022 – 8.1 2023

Stockholm

Meet Hilma af Klint and her series of paintings “The Ten Largest”, when the works are once again on show in the Museum in autumn 2022. This time the paintings will be exhibited together with a selection of the artist’s watercolours and a complete collection of hand-coloured photographs of “The Ten Largest” that has never previously been shown in its entirety.

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Admission: 150 SEK
Reduced admission: 120 SEK (seniors and students)
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Audio Guide

Listen and learn more about Hilma af Klint, the suite “The Ten Largest” and terms such as Spiritism, theosophy and anthroposophy.

Visit the Audio Guide: Hilma af Klint – The Ten Largest

It was autumn 1907 when the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) began the first canvas in a series that would come to be known as “The Ten Largest”. Working on these ten paintings over a period of just 40 days, the result she produced is one of the most monumental legacies of her artistic output. The series is part of a larger collection known as “Paintings for the Temple”, a mammoth project that the artist had embarked upon two years earlier after experiencing non-verbal cues from the spirit world. The challenge of understanding these messages and finding a visual expression for an invisible reality was to preoccupy Hilma af Klint throughout the rest of her life.

Throughout her life, Hilma af Klint sought the right context for her paintings and only showed them to a limited number of people while waiting for the world to become ready to receive their message. Today, more than a hundred years later, her work is acclaimed all over the world.

Visitors in the exhibition Hilma af Klint - The Ten Largest
Installation view from Hilma af Klint – The Ten Largest, 2022 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet

Evolution and spirit worlds

The sheer size of “The Ten Largest” sets them apart from the artist’s other works. In a gigantic 3.28×2.40 metre format, Hilma af Klint celebrates the four ages of humanity: Childhood, Youth, Adulthood and Old Age.

A central theme in “The Ten Largest”, as in the artist’s oeuvre as a whole, is the notion of evolution. Hilma af Klint, however, seems less concerned about evolution in terms of any physical development from one form of existence to another, and focuses instead on evolution on a spiritual plane.

This reflects an interest in spirituality and theosophy that she shared with many of her contemporaries.

Close collaboration with The Hilma af Klint Foundation

Thanks to the close collaboration between Moderna Museet and The Hilma af Klint Foundation, in autumn 2022 visitors to the Museum can renew their acquaintance with “The Ten Largest” by Hilma af Klint, showing in Stockholm for the first time since 2013.

The exhibition also includes a selection of watercolours and a collection of hand-coloured photographs that has never previously been on public display in its entirety.

Tempera på papper uppfodrad på duk
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 9, Ålderdomen, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet
Patterns and shapes in colors like black, blue, orange and pink against a purple background
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 6, Mannaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet
 Patterns and shapes in colors like black, blue, orange and pink against an orange background
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 4, Ynglingaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet

Images

Tempera på papper uppfodrad på duk
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 1, Barnaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet
 Circles in orange, blue, cerise against a blue background
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 2, Barnaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet
Circles and roundels in colors such as green, purple, blue red and yellow against an orange background
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 3, Ynglingaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet
 Patterns and shapes in colors like black, blue, orange and pink against an orange background
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 4, Ynglingaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet

Calendar events

Meditation in front of works by Hilma af Klint
  • Guided tour,
  • Meditation
  • In Swedish
  • Sold out

Guided tour and meditation

 Shapes in yellow, green, red, orange and white against a purple background
  • Presentation
  • In Swedish

Hilma af Klint – The ten largest

Patterns and shapes in colors like black, blue, orange and pink against a purple background
  • For visually impaired
  • In Swedish

The Ten Largest – Hilma af Klint

 Shapes in yellow, green, red, orange and white against a purple background
  • Presentation
  • In Swedish

Hilma af Klint – The ten largest

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

Meditation in front of works by Hilma af Klint
  • Guided tour,
  • Meditation
  • In Swedish
  • Sold out

Guided tour and meditation

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

A box of tools and materials for painting watercolors, brushes and paint tubes
  • Drop-in,
  • Holiday event

Winter break: Draw & Paint

 Shapes in yellow, green, red, orange and white against a purple background
  • Presentation
  • In Swedish

Hilma af Klint – The ten largest

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