The São Paulo Pinacoteca, a museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, opens 03 in March "Hilma af Klint: possible worlds", its first exhibition of the 2018 calendar and one of the great highlights of the year. With the sponsorship of Banco Bradesco and Ultra, an individual exhibition by the Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), whose work has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of abstract art, is for the first time in Latin America. century.
af Klint attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the main center of artistic education in the Swedish capital, but soon distanced himself from his academic training to paint invisible worlds, influenced by movementthe spiritual ones like the Rose-cross, Theosophy and, later, Anthroposophy. She was part of "The Five", an artistic group composed of female artists who believed to be led by high spirits who wished to communicate through images and who had already experimented since the late nineteenth century with writing and automatic drawing, anticipating surrealistic strategies in more than 19 years.
The exhibition includes 130 works. A highlight of the series entitled "The Top Ten", held at 1907 and considered today one of the first and greatest works of abstract art in the Western world, since it precedes the non-figurative compositions of contemporary artists to Klint as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich. In addition to this set, the exhibition in São Paulo will feature some series of works that were never presented to the public.
The Pinacoteca exhibition is curated by Jochen Volz, general director of the institution, in partnership with Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet, and is a collaboration with the Hilma af Klint Foundation. "The work of Hilma af Klint dialogues in a way with the syncretism and plurality of worldviews so present in Brazilian culture. The seriality found in his work also appears in Brazilian art, especially concretism and neoconcretism, "explains Volz.
The work of af Klint was first exhibited in 1986 at the show "The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Paintings 1890-1985" held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But only the grand retrospective organized by the Moderna Museet of Stockholm at 2013 and , consequently its roaming through Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Estonia allowed af Klint's work to be internationally recognized by the general public. Since then, his works have participated in exhibitions held in Europe and the United States.
The Pinacoteca prepares a bilingual catalog (Portuguese-English) that will bring together three unpublished texts written by authors Jochen Volz, Daniela Castro, independent curator, and Daniel Birnbaum. The book will also include reproductions of the works exposed and a chronology written by Luciana Ventre, a Brazilian researcher who launches in the coming months a biography of Hilma af Klint.
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