Hilma af Klint – Paintings for the Temple, a series of 193 NFTs created from the world-leading female artist’s most important body of work are being presented by Acute Art in collaboration with Stolpe Publishing on Pharrell Williams’ – GODA (Gallery of Digital Assets) platform launching on 14th November 2022.
Beautiful and meaningful art truly transcends time, and Hilma af Klint’s work is a perfect example of that. We’re honoured to show her work on this platform and to truly celebrate a remarkable woman.Pharrell Williams
As the Paintings for the Temple will never be for sale, the NFTs are the only way to acquire works by Hilma af Klint, the female pioneer whose abstract works have caused art history to be rewritten.
The 193 works that constitute the Paintings for the Temple, created between 1906 and 1915, belong to the not-for-profit Hilma af Klint Foundation in Sweden. An official seven volume catalogue raisonné, published by Stolpe Publishing with the endorsement of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, was finalised this year. The digital extension of the catalogue includes all the 193 key artworks offered as NFTs in an edition of two. One non-commercial set will remain with the publishing house, the other set will be for sale on the GODA platform. The Paintings for the Temple are also the base for the Virtual Reality experience Hilma af Klint – The Temple, commissioned by Stolpe Publishing, produced by Acute Art and released during Frieze London in October.
In 2018, a large survey exhibition of the artist’s work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York became the best attended exhibition in the institution’s history.
When thinking about which collection of Hilma’s would be best to be transformed into NFTs, Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director of Acute Art, said:
Hilma af Klint dreamt of a spiral-shaped building large enough to show her most important works, the overwhelmingly beautiful Paintings for the Temple. It remained a fantasy. Acute Art has now – in collaboration with Stolpe Publishing – realised af Klint’s temple in virtual reality. She talked about it as a museum, but also as a spiritual entity, an inner temple that is shared by all of mankind. It should be everywhere and nowhere. Acute Art has created digital versions of the 193 works to be acquired as NFTs. As a result the Temple will be owned by people all over the world.
Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) Born in Stockholm, Hilma af Klint studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She established herself as an artist, exhibiting figurative paintings. Originally a devout Christian she later became involved in spiritualism, and was interested in the ideas of Rudolf Steiner’s Rosicrucian theosophy and anthroposophy. These modes of spiritual engagement were popular across Europe – especially in artistic and literary circles. In recent years, the interest in af Klint’s esoteric paintings has grown, and in 2018 a large survey at the Guggenheim Museum in New York became the best-attended exhibition in the history of the institution. The Catalogue Raisonné presents all the important works of Hilma af Klint, many of which have never been exhibited.