Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

Documentary | Swedish, German, English with English subtitles | 94 minutes


Hilma af Klint’s first abstract painting was dated in1906, four years before the works of Wassily Kandinsky. And yet Klint was totally ignored simply because she was a woman in what was regarded back then as a man’s profession. Even the esteemed Museum of Modern Art in New York rejected her paintings. Klint not only opened opportunities for serious female artists, she was at the forefront of modern art before the term existed. Long  after her death in 1944, with the exhibition of her breathtakingly striking paintings at the Guggenheim Museum in 2018, was she finally able  to  attain the recognition she deserved.

Primary Participants:
Iris Müller-Westermann  – organized Klint retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2018
Erik Dyrschka – Hilma’s nephew who inherited 1,500 of her paintings
Why Stream This Film?
Beyond the Visible is a brilliant tribute to a visionary and trailblazing artist who lived when the boys club mentality denied her recognition and acclaim.  Worth seeing the film just to see Klint’s jaw-dropping paintings so beautifully displayed.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
  • Metacritic Score: 78
  • The film was selected as a Critics Picks by A.O. Scott of The New York Times 

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Halina Dyrschka’s debut feature, BEYOND the VISIBLE is one of the best films I’ve seen about fine art. It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us, while showing us how her trailblazing vision left an unmistakable imprint.
Matt Fagerholm

Her visionary interests, far from suggesting eccentricity, place her squarely in the mainstream of modernism, many of whose exponents in various arts (including Kandinsky) found inspiration in the esoteric. BEYOND the VISIBLE bristles with the excitement of discovery and also the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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