Thanks to our screening partner access>CINEMA and Modern Films we are delighted to be able to bring you Beyond The Visible: Hilma af Klint digitally.
Mermaid staff are going to watch it at 8pm on Monday evening, which is our regular cinema slot!
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Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) was an abstract artist before the term existed: a visionary, trailblazing artist inspired by spiritualism, modern science and the riches of the natural world. As early as 1906, she was radically experimenting with abstract imagery, several years before Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, who are still regarded as the forerunners of 20th-century abstract art. Largely forgotten after her death, her sidelining from patriarchal art historical discourse has been the subject of much recent debate. With her radiant and transcendent body of work - featuring over 1,200 paintings and 26,000 notebooks - remaining hidden away for decades, a long-overdue rediscovery has come in recent years, with her stunning, large-scale works the subject of blockbuster exhibitions including a record-breaking retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2018-2019 and acclaimed exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery (2016) and Camden Arts Centre (2006) in the UK.
BEYOND THE VISIBLE is the first film about Klint’s life and work, chronicling her pioneering artistic practice and mystical view of the world, from the beginning of her career at Stockholm’s Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, to her involvement in Theosophy, spiritualist and occult movements, including joining “The Five”, a group of female artists who conducted séances which lead to experiments with automatic writing and drawing, pre-dating the Surrealists by several decades.
‘Beyond the Visible" bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.’A.O Scott, The New York Times
‘A must for anyone who cares about modern art.’Hollywood Reporter