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Hilma af Klint

The Temple (2022) | Virtual Reality

 

The Temple is a new virtual reality experience that invites visitors into the spiritual world of esteemed Swedish artist and mystic, Hilma af Klint.

A devotee of esoteric Christianity and member of several spiritual and occult movements, af Klint dreamt of a spiral-shaped building to house her most important works. Inspired by the teachings of legendary German mystic Christian Rosenkreuz, she wished it to be built on an island in Sweden but the idea never materialised, and the temple remained an imaginary creation – until now. More than a century later, af Klint’s vision has been brought alive through the power of technology in the form of an immersive 360º VR experience that will take visitors on a cosmic journey from the milky way, through enigmatic spirals in nature and into the artist’s most important paintings.

Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944) is one of Sweden’s most prolific artists, known for her large-scale abstract botanical and occult paintings. Widely regarded as a major artistic innovator and visionary, her 2019 exhibition ‘Paintings For The Future’ was the Guggenheim’s highest-ever attended exhibition in the museum’s history.

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About Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) has taken the art world by storm – many decades after her death. Today, she is one of the world’s most beloved artists. Born in Stockholm, Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She established herself as a respected artist, exhibiting figurative paintings. Originally a devout Christian she later became involved in spiritualism, and later followed a keen interest in the ideas of Rudolf Steiner’s Rosicrucian theosophy and anthroposophy. These modes of spiritual engagement were popular across Europe – especially in artistic and literary circles. In recent years, the interest in af Klint’s esoteric paintings has grown, and in 2018 a large survey at the Guggenheim Museum in New York became the best-attended exhibition in the history of the institution. The Catalogue Raisonné presents all the important works of Hilma af Klint, many of which have never been exhibited.

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