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New York

“HILMA AF KLINT: PAINTINGS FOR THE FUTURE”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
1071 Fifth Avenue
October 12 - February 3

Curated by Tracey Bashkoff with David Horowitz

More than a century after the fact, Hilma af Klint’s unfulfilled dream of displaying her divinely inspired abstract paintings in a spiral-shaped temple will finally come true. For her first major retrospective in the US, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “temple of the spirit” will host more than 160 of Klint’s works, most made in secret in Sweden between 1906 and 1920, while the artist was under the influence of theosophy, Rosicrucianism, and the occult. Some consider these paintings the earliest examples of modernist abstraction. By bringing her seldom-seen work into a venue famous both for its helical architecture and for its collection of “non-objective” paintings by Kandinsky, Klee, and the like, “Paintings for the Future” endorses Klint’s mystical conviction that the spiral symbolizes the dualities of the universe—good and evil, male and female, known and unknown—slowly reaching equilibrium.