Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

While the VBMA is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can stream this film at home and support the VBMA.
A portion of each streaming purchase goes back to the VBMA to assist its ongoing programming.

Available to stream until May 31; $12 per ticket. 

Watch the film trailer below.

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 around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. 

The subject of a 2019 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 describes 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. 2019, Germany, in English, Swedish, and German with English subtitles, 94 minutes.  Recommended for 13+

The film’s effort to place Hilma af Klint’s within the broader art historical narrative about artistic innovation and the rise of abstraction as a new visual idiom in the early twentieth-century augments the story told of American artists’ foray into abstraction in the exhibition From Homer to Hopper: American Art from the Phillips Collection, Washington DC. Follow along with Anke’s Art Moment on the Nature and Abstraction section of the exhibition to learn about the ways American artists engaged with expressive, spiritual truths at the core of the natural world and their rendering of their experience in abstract form and color divorced from representation. In what ways were Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe similar and different from Hilma af Klint in their depiction of a personal, mystical or spiritual experience of nature?

For questions or comments about the film, please contact Public Programs Manager, Denise Giannino at or email