Episode 36: Hilma af Klint – Painting the Invisible

The Swedish pioneer of abstract painting Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) has attracted much attention during the last few years as her works have been exhibited in major galleries around the world. Her paintings can be seen as visual representations of spiritual realities beyond the physical. She was influenced by scientific discoveries of her time, such as radio waves and X-rays, both of which exist but are unseen, and the spiritual teachings of theosophy (Helena Blavatsky) and Rudolf Steiner. A copy of Martinus’s Livets Bog (The Book of Life), vol. 1 was found among her possessions after her death.

The film director Halina Dyrschka guested the Martinus Centre in Klint in July 2020 to give a talk about her film “Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint”. In this podcast, Mary McGovern interviews her about Hilma af Klint’s life and work and the striking similarities between some of her paintings and Martinus’s symbols.

Halina Dyrschka studied acting, classical singing and film production before making her debut as a film director. Her film “Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint” has won many accolades including being voted one of the best films of 2020 by the New York Times. www.ambrosiafilm.de

You can see Martinus’s 100 symbols here: Many of them are explained in detail in The Eternal World Picture, vols. 1-4.

This podcast was recorded by Mary McGovern at the Martinus Centre, Klint, Denmark on 24th July 2020.

Photos: Courtesy of Halina Dyrschka.

Music composed and performed by Lars Palerius.

Martinus’s literature is available online on the Martinus Institute’s website. Here you can also find information about the international summer courses at the Martinus Centre in Klint, Denmark