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Discover the secret paintings of Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint whose body of work has changed the course of art history.

Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings showcases an artist whose mysterious works have captivated audiences and broken attendance records worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where in 2019 it attracted the largest audience in the museum’s 60-year history. 

Af Klint began creating her most ambitious paintings in 1906, unprecedented in her time - with radiant colour combinations, enigmatic symbols and other-worldly shapes. Af Klint instructed that her paintings be kept secret until 20 years after her death – convinced that the world was not yet ready to see her art.   

That time has come. Don’t miss your chance to see this exhibition at City Gallery Wellington for the first time in Aotearoa, in this New Zealand exclusive. Open from 4 December 2021 – 27 March 2022 the exhibition features more than 100 paintings, including The Ten Largest – exuberantly colourful paintings that are a towering three-plus metres tall.

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the extraordinary artistic achievements of this trailblazing artist...” says Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand.   

"...she opens eyes to new ways of seeing." - The Conversation  

“Hilma af Klint’s exquisite paint handling and application of colour, made the paint surfaces more beautiful than I expected and more than I could have hoped for,” says City Gallery Wellington’s Elizabeth Caldwell, on seeing the exhibition for the first time. 

Indemnified by the New Zealand Government.

Photo credit

Hilma af Klint at her studio at Hamngatan 5, Stockholm C1895. Photograph courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm.