- Feb 29, 2020
- Mar 1, 2020
Before Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Klee made a name for abstraction in visual art, another artist had already beat them to their discovery. Until recently, her name was absent from the history books. Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) painted her first abstract canvas in 1906, four years before Wassily Kandinsky, thought to be the movement’s pioneer. It would be more than a century before she would receive the same acknowledgment and acclaim as her male peers. This absorbing documentary explores how such an exceptional woman could be erased from the art world, written out by an industry dominated by the idea of male “genius.” Af Klint may not have exhibited during her lifetime, but a recent retrospective of her paintings broke the Guggenheim Museum’s sixty-year attendance record, suggesting that the world may finally be ready to rewrite history. In English, German, and Swedish with subtitles. 2019. 1h33m.