Hilma af Klint was born in Stockholm in 1862. Af Klint started to create radically abstract paintings in 1906—years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would succeed in voiding their own artwork of representational content. Yet while many of her better-known contemporaries published position papers, statements of purpose, promoted, and exhibited widely, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private.

She died in 1944 without fanfare. More than 60 years have passed.

Strike up the band.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, the first major solo exhibition in the United States devoted to the artist, is on view October 12, 2018–April 23, 2019 at the Guggenheim,
New York—with the cooperation of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

HilmaGroup IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 17, from 1915.
Credit: George Etheredge for The New York Times

From the Guggenheim:

On the occasion of the exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, see the U.S. premiere of a chamber opera about Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, inspired by her unique body of spiritual works. Directed by librettist Mira Bartov, HILMAhighlights pivotal moments from af Klint’s life, and features costumes byafKlint Ulrika Lilliehöök and a set designed by Fredrik Glahns. The cast includes Mette af Klint as the enigmatic Hilma; Fredrik af Klint, a relative of the artist, as Rudolf Steiner; and Alma Adolfsson, in a prerecorded performance, as Hilma’s little sister, Hermina. Composer Benjamin Staern connects tones and timbres with the colors and shapes of af Klint’s abstract works. Pianist Stefan Lindgren, violinist Victoria Stjerna, and cellist Andreas Lavotha provide accompaniment. (HILMA Photo courtesty of Ewa Malmsten Nordell)

Produced by Mette af Klint in collaboration with Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Performing Arts Agency, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

$45, $40 members and Friends of Works & Process.

House seats may be available for $1,000+ Friends of Works & Process. On a limited basis, house seats may be released to the public before performances at ticket prices of $90, $80 members.

For more information, please call 212 423 3575.

Join us for cocktail hour at The Wright restaurant from 5:30-7:30 pm before the April 16 performance.

See a review in The New York Times