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Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian

07.10.2023 - 25.02.2024

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Hilma af Klint
The Ten Greatest, Group IV, No. 3, Youth, 1907

© Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation

An ode to elegance and rebellion

The Kunstmuseum in The Hague is presenting a fascinating exhibition that unites the works of Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian in a unique dialogue. Although the artists never met in person, they left behind an artistic legacy that reflects the scientific discoveries and the search for spirituality in the early 20th century. Their works unfold as living witnesses to an era characterised by revolutionary ideas and developments.

Hilma af Klint
The Swan, The SUW Series, Group IX, Part I, No. 1, 1914-1915
© Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation

The unfolding of abstraction

Af Klint and Mondrian, once landscape painters, developed their own visual languages independently of each other. The exhibition illustrates how their paintings emerged against the backdrop of a changing world view. Af Klint integrated abstract elements early on, while Mondrian cautiously embarked on the path to abstraction, both in line with emerging scientific knowledge.

Hilma af Klint in her studio in Hamntgen, Stockholm, 1895
© Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation

Flowers and trees in a new light

Flowers and trees become symbols in the works of af Klint and Mondrian. The exhibition emphasises the fascinating parallels in their approach to interpreting nature in their paintings. The artists not only devoted themselves to depiction, but also revealed a deeper connection to nature through their works, inspired by new perspectives and scientific discoveries around 1900.

Piet Mondriaan
Evolution, 1911

© Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Spirituality and art

The search for a connection between science and spirituality led both artists to theosophy and anthroposophy. The exhibition explores how these movements inspired their unique visual languages and opened up new perspectives on nature. Their works reflect not only the aesthetic but also the spiritual dimension created by the influences of these movements.

Piet Mondrian
Abend; Roter Baum, 1908-1910

© Kunstmuseum Den Haag

The rhythm of life

Af Klint and Mondrian are illuminated by six key themes: Landscape painting, evolution, flowers, trees, the universal and the relationship to space. The visitor experiences how the artistic evolution of the two unfolds, from the painterly landscapes to a universal visual language that transcends the boundaries of the visible.

Alfred Waldenburg (1873-1942
Portrait of Piet Mondriaan, 1909
© RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History

A look at visionary art

The monumental series “The Ten Greatest” by af Klint, which represents stages of life from childhood to old age, provides a unique insight into her vision. The exhibition makes it possible to experience this impressive series and discover Mondrian as an artist who wanted to “make the beauty of life visible, tangible and experienceable”. Here, vision and art interweave to create a captivating experience that takes visitors on a journey through time.

Further information

The exhibition Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian (Advertisement) on the website of Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

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