Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint


Hart House Theatre Wed, May 1, 2019 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, May 3, 2019 3:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Sun, May 5, 2019 6:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Visual Artists, Art & Photography
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Halina Dyrschka
Producer(s):Eva Illmer
Halina Dyrschka
Executive Producer(s):Alex Dewart
Editor(s):Antje Lass
Mario Orias
Writer(s):Halina Dyrschka
Cinematography:Luana Knipfer
Alicja Pahl
Composer:Damian Scholl
Sound:Niklas Kammertöns


For more than a century, Wassily Kandinsky has been unanimously considered the originator of abstract art—but sometimes history has to be rewritten. Swedish artist Hilma af Klint's first abstract painting is dated 1906, years before Kandinsky's celebrated breakthroughs. Currently the subject of a monumental Guggenheim exhibition entitled "Paintings for the Future," af Klint (1862–1944) is finally getting the credit she deserves. Beyond the Visible investigates just why it took so long to happen, the stubborn mechanisms behind canonization and the art world's reluctance to give a woman her rightful place in history. Unseen in her lifetime, af Klint's paintings weren't exhibited until the 1980s; this documentary helps unveil a complex and timeless oeuvre and the visionary behind it. Discover the untold story of a pioneer of modern art, her inspiring work and the troubling path it took to be recognized. Adam Cook

Co-presented with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery