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Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready

Hilma af Klint’s last wish was that her life’s work, over 1000 drawings and paintings, be hidden for 20 years after her death. The world wasn’t ready for her work.

Af Klint died in 1944, but it wasn’t until 1987 that Maurice Tuchman brought her work into the light in a groundbreaking exhibition titled “The Spiritual in Art” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

So what was af Klint hiding?

No less than a schematic for the spiritual healing of the human race, gifted to her by the High Masters, interdimentional beings, and translated to her through the seances she conducted as a medium and clairvoyant. Klint was a member of a coven, a group of women known as “The Five” who documented their communications with the High Masters through automatic drawing and painting.

Klint’s work is startlingly contemporary. She beat Kandinsky to the punch, and is considered the first ever purely abstract artist. But while abstract, her work is as much a recipe as it is an art object. Many pieces embed sigils, symbols intended to trigger psychic insights, and depict metaphors of balance, dualism, and connection. Klint most likely did not consider her work abstract, more like the blueprint of truth.

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Childhood Group IV

Childhood Group IV

1907
Group IV, No. 7, The Ten Largest, Adulthood

Group IV, No. 7, The Ten Largest, Adulthood

1907
Group I, No. 7, Primordial Chaos

Group I, No. 7, Primordial Chaos

1906-1907
The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

1907
Group IV, No. 3. The Ten Largest, Youth

Group IV, No. 3. The Ten Largest, Youth

1907
The Seven-Pointed Star No. 1

The Seven-Pointed Star No. 1

1908
Evolution, No. 15, Group IV, The Seven-pointed Stars

Evolution, No. 15, Group IV, The Seven-pointed Stars

1908
Group IX/UW No. 25, The Dove, No. 1

Group IX/UW No. 25, The Dove, No. 1

1915
Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

1915
Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 1

Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 1

1915
Group IX/SUW No. 8, The Swan, No. 8

Group IX/SUW No. 8, The Swan, No. 8

1915
Tree of Knowledge No. 5

Tree of Knowledge No. 5

1913-1915
Group IX/SUW, No. 17. The Swan, No. 17

Group IX/SUW, No. 17. The Swan, No. 17

1914-1915
Doves No. 2

Doves No. 2

1915
Group IX, No. 3, The Dove

Group IX, No. 3, The Dove

1915
Group IX/SUW No. 12, The Swan No. 12

Group IX/SUW No. 12, The Swan No. 12

1915
Buddhas Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3

Buddhas Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3

1920

The artists of Early Modernism