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‘Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings’ II
An exclusive tour and viewing at City Gallery
Wednesday 16 February, 4pm - 5:30 pm
We are delighted to be able to offer you a repeat opportunity for an exclusive late afternoon viewing and tour of the City Art Gallery’s stunning exhibition Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings.
Before Malevich, before Kandinsky, before Mondrian, there was Hilma.
The recent rediscovery of Hilma af Klint’s abstract paintings has changed the course of art and art history. A Swedish artist-mystic working at the turn of the twentieth century, af Klint saw herself as a receiver of messages from the spirit powers who guided the creation of her work.
In an era offering limited creative freedoms for women, af Klint, working largely in isolation, created an entirely new artistic language—possibly even abstraction itself—years before Kasimir Malevich, Vassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian. Af Klint recognised that the world was not ready for her work and anticipated a future more open to its message and possibilities. She left instructions that her work be kept secret until at least twenty years after her death.
That time has come. Over the last few years, af Klint has become one of the world’s most discussed artists. There have been exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The Guggenheim show attracted 600,000 visitors—the highest attendance for any show in its history. Af Klint’s work, message, and story have captivated audiences around the globe. The work is truly astonishing.
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings is one of the most important exhibitions ever staged in New Zealand. This will be a very popular exhibition and we encourage you to book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.
Our viewing will conclude with a drink and canapes in the Boardroom and a chance to socialise.
Feature image: The Ten Largest, 1907. Photo courtesy of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Member $65, Non-members $75 or bring a friend at the members' price (incl. exhibition entry, drinks and canapes)