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Over 160 Hilma af Klint Paintings Show at the Guggenheim

She was a trailblazer. Hilma af Klint was creating staggeringly bold and colorful paintings just as Vasily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian hit the scene with their abstract works. But, convinced the world was not ready for them, she never exhibited them, stipulating that they not be shown until 20 years after her death, in 1944 (coincidentally, the same year Kandinsky and Mondrian passed). Thankfully, that moratorium has passed. “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future,” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York October 12 to February 3, will feature over 160 of the Swedish artist’s works, focusing on her breakthrough years between 1906 and 1920. Alongside the exhibition, the Guggenheim Store is presenting an exclusive capsule collection inspired by af Klint’s art. Among the 60 tabletop pieces and accessories are ceramics by Michele Quan and jewelry by Karen Konzuk.

No. 2a, The Current Standpoint of the Mahatmas (Nr 2a, Mahatmernas nuvarande ståndpunkt), a 1920 oil on canvas by Hilma af Klint, is at New York’s Solo­mon R. Guggenheim Museum October 12. Photography courtesy of The Hilma Af Klint Foundation, Stockholm.
Hilma af Klint lapel pin, part of the Guggenheim Store’s capsule col­lection. Photography by Allison Chipak/Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.
Hilma af Klint lapel pin, part of the Guggenheim Store’s capsule col­lection. Photography by Allison Chipak/Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.
Hilma af Klint lapel pin, part of the Guggenheim Store’s capsule col­lection. Photography by Allison Chipak/Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.
Her 1915 oil and metal leaf on canvas Group X, No. 1, Altarpiece (Grupp X, nr 1, Altarbild). Photography by Albin Dahlström, The Moderna Museet, Stockholm/Courtesy of The Hilma Af Klint Foundation, Stockholm.
Michele Quan’s Ode to Hilma ceramics collection. Photography by Allison Chipak/Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.
Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 17 (Grupp IX/SUW, Svanen, nr 17), a 1915 oil on canvas. Photography by Albin Dahlström, The Moderna Museet, Stockholm/Courtesy of The Hilma Af Klint Foundation, Stockholm.
The Hilma af Klint watch featuring No. 3a, Buddha’s Standpoint in Worldly Life from 1920. Photography by Allison Chipak/Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Tree of Knowledge, No. 5 (Kunskapens träd, nr 5), 1915 from The W Series (Serie W). Photography by Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Group I, Primordial Chaos, No. 16 (Grupp 1, Urkaos, nr 16), 1906-1907 from The WU/Rose Series (Serie WU/Rosen). Photography by Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 7, Adulthood (Grupp IV, De tio största, nr 7, Mannaåldern), 1907. Photography by Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Group V, The Seven-Pointed Star, No. 1n (Grupp V, Sjustjärnan, nr 1), 1908 from The WUS/Seven-Pointed Star Series (Serie WUS/Sjustjärnan). Photography by Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

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