Daniel Birnbaum, one of the world’s most prominent curators presents with Acute Art The Temple, a new virtual reality experience that invites visitors into the spiritual world of esteemed Swedish artist and mystic, Hilma af Klint.
Written into her will that her progressive works would not be made public until at least 20 years after her death Hilma af Klint has taken the art world by storm – many decades after her death. 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.