Конкурс посвящен Хильме аф Клинт, шведской художнице, одной из первых представительниц абстрактной живописи. Прошло уже более 110 лет с момента начала ее творческого пути, однако художница до сих пор не получила должного признания, и ее произведения не имеют постоянного «места обитания». Участникам конкурса необходимо предложить идеи по созданию музея имени Хильмы аф Клинт, где можно будет познакомиться с ее работами, посетить лекции и другие мероприятия.
Hilma af Klint (1862 - 1944) was a Swedish artist and a pioneer of abstract painting. More than 110 years after producing the arguably first abstract painting in modern art history, she is still waiting for her due recognition - and a home for her collection. A Temple for Hilma seeks to address this by asking participants to design an art museum dedicated to Hilma af Klint and her work.
After studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm (1882 - 1887) af Klint started her career in the late 19th century painting portraits, landscapes and botanical motifs. Around that time she began attending séances, and in 1896 af Klint and four other women artists formed a group called De Fem (The Five), meeting weekly to seek contact and knowledge within the spiritual realm.
This interest eventually led af Klint to incorporate abstract elements in her work as early as 1906, placing her first abstract paintings years ahead of artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian - traditionally seen as the pioneers of abstraction. Being a female artist in the early 20th century makes it even more noteworthy.
From that point however, it would be a staggering 80 years until her paintings were first shown to a larger audience. Unlike her more famous contemporaries, af Klint worked in complete isolation and did not exhibit her abstract paintings during her lifetime. She even asked for her work (1,200 paintings, 26,000 pages worth of notes and 100 texts) not to be shown until 20 years after her death in 1944, as “the world was not yet ready”. As it happened, her work was not publicly displayed until 1986, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Since then more shows have followed, and over the last decade Hilma af Klint is slowly beginning to receive the attention and acclaim that is rightfully hers.
In recognition of her accomplishments and legacy, A Temple for Hilma asks participants to imagine what an art museum dedicated to af Klint could look and feel like.