CANCEL ALL PLANS: There’s a new Hilma af Klint documentary coming out this month.
If you’ve also been thinking about legendary abstract artist, spiritualist, and all-around earth-shattering figure Hilma af Klint lately, here’s some good news for you: there’s a new documentary on her coming to a small screen near you.
Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint explores the impact of the visionary Scandinavian abstract artist who has completely disrupted the way we view art history.
In the new documentary directed by Halina Dyrschka, viewers are taken on a course-correcting journey that describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.
“This is a film about a truly successful life,” Dyrschka asserts in her director’s statement. “A woman who was not dependent of the opinion of others and kept on going her very unique way of living and working. Dedicated to things that matter in everybody’s life: How do we want to live? How do we achieve a truly content and fulfilled life? And is that what we see real or do we just think it is real?”
We, as a culture, are facing a challenging existential moment of our own. The question “How do we want to live?” is as relevant as ever, and this film is the perfect meditation to indulge in.