The first abstract artist was a woman – Hilma af Klint. Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber will release Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint, a documentary film directed by Halina Dyrschka. The film will open at The Metrograph in New York City on April 10th, other cities will follow.
Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) 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 created a series of huge, colorful, sensual works without precedent in painting. Hilma af Klint’s first abstract painting is dated 1906, four years before that of Wassily Kandinsky.
Why was she ignored? Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course-correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of Hilma af Klint, but investigates the role accorded to women in art history and reveals how and why Hilma af Klint was scandalously denied the status of a pioneer of modern art. This recognition is now finally taking place; today her exhibitions are attracting millions of people worldwide, including a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Director Halina Dyrschka was born in Berlin, Germany and is active as a director and producer. After studying acting, classical singing and film production she founded the company AMBROSIA FILM in Berlin. Her first film as a director the short film “9andahalf’s Goodbye” was shown at over 40 film festivals worldwide and has won several awards. BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT marks her directorial feature documentary debut and is the first and only film on the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint.