Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

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Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world, produced colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the ways in which the patriarchal art world pushed her into obscurity. BEYOND THE VISIBLE is available now as a virtual cinema offering from Kino Marquee. 

“It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us, while showing how her trailblazing vision left an unmistakable imprint in over a century of iconic art.” – Matt Fagerhorn, RogerEbert.com

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A reenactment of her at work on a large-scale piece (No. 7, Adulthood, from her monumental series The Ten Largest) is surprisingly well integrated, as are images of the natural world that so inspired her. But most effective is the way Dyrschka and her DPs, Alicja Pahl and Luana Knipfer, explore the canvases themselves: gliding across the surface, bringing details into focus, all with a strong sense of discovery and awe. They let the pieces wash over the viewer, with their brand-new geometries and spirals beyond the bounds of time. As science historian Ernst Peter Fischer remarks with great enthusiasm, when most of the world around us is unseen, to depict it is to invent it. Here’s an exhilarating chance to catch up with a brilliant artist’s inventions. (Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter)

Sweden/UK/2020/dir by Halina Dyrschka/94 mins.