On view through July 16, 2018
Pinacoteca de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Pinacoteca de São Paulo, a museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, opens its 2018 program with the exhibition Hilma af Klint: Mundos Possíveis [Hilma af Klint: Possible Worlds]. This solo show by the Swedish painter (1862–1944), whose work has been recognized as pioneering in the field of abstract art and has remained largely unnoticed for much of the 20th century, is the first solo presentation of the artist in Latin America.
This is the first exhibition of Pinacoteca de São Paulo‘s 2018 program, and one of the year’s major highlights, sponsored by Banco Bradesco and Ultra via Roaunet Law of Incentive to Culture by the Brazilian Culture Ministry, with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Brazil and the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
Featuring 130 works, one of the show’s highlights is a series entitled The Ten Largest. Painted in 1907, it is now considered one of the first and foremost works of abstract art in the Western world, as it precedes the non-figurative compositions of contemporary artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich. In addition, the exhibition in São Paulo will feature several further series of works that have never before been presented to the public.
Hilma af Klint: Mundos possíveis is curated by Jochen Volz, general director of Pinacoteca, in collaboration with Daniel Birnbaum, director of the Moderna Museet and in close co-operation with the Hilma af Klint Foundation.
The work of Hilma af Klint was first exhibited in 1986 in the exhibition The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Paintings 1890–1985, held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. However, only the significant retrospective of her work before the presentation at Pinacoteca de São Paulo was organized by the Moderna Museet of Stockholm in 2013, which later traveled to Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Estonia, allowing Hilma af Klint‘s work to become more widely known to an international audience. Since that time, it has also formed part of exhibits in Europe and the United States.