This new Hilma af Klint catalogue is produced to accompany the exhibition Painting the Unseen at the Serpentine Gallery (3 March – 15 May 2016). Af Klint is the earliest-born artist ever to be shown in a one-person exhibition at the Serpentine. This presentation of her work focuses on several key series from The Paintings for the Temple alongside a selection of notebooks and two later series from the 1920s.
The catalogue includes images of all the works in the exhibition and contributions to the growing research on af Klint. An introduction by co-curators Daniel Birnbaum and Emma Enderby discusses each series of paintings in the exhibition and positions af Klint’s oeuvre within the wider framework of twentieth-century modernism. Co-editor of frieze Jennifer Higgie’s biographical text on af Klint’s life contextualises the period in which she was painting and the influences upon her work. In her essay, Julia Voss draws parallels between af Klint’s work and Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.