Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint
Directed by Halina Dyrschka • 2019 • Germany
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, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, 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, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course-correcting documentary explores 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.