‘Swedish Ecstasy’ opened to the public on 17 February. Curated by Daniel Birnbaum Swedish art critic, theoretician, and former director of the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet) in Stockholm, the exhibition brings together figureheads from the Swedish art world. Hilma af Klint, August Strindberg, Emanuel Swedenborg, C.F. Hill, Ernst Josephson and other visionary artists.
Mysticism and esoteric speculation runs like a red thread through their work. Hilma af Klint, befriended Anna Cassel, one of the four women with whom she established The Five (De Fem), a group exploring spiritual realms through meditation and séances. The Five, active between 1896 and 1908, were strong believers in the spirits and mediums. An additional element in the exhibition will be a version of Hilma af Klint’s temple realized in virtual reality, a project currently in production in collaboration between the Hilma af Klint Foundation and digital laboratory Acute Art in London.