Hilma af Klint <I>The Ten Largest</i> 1907; in <i>Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction</i> Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2013. Photo: The Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Hilma af Klint The Ten Largest 1907; in Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2013. Photo: The Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Govett-Brewster Seniors

Hilma Af Klint: The Secret Paintings + Len Lye: Convolutions
  • Fri 10 Dec 2021
  • 10—11AM
  • Session takes place virtually
  • Second Friday of the month
  • All Seniors Welcome
  • Free entry

For December we're giving you a tour of two important new exhibitions in two different cities.
Join us for free-flowing conversations and experiences of contemporary art inside the current exhibitions.

First, we're teaming up with guest host Caleb Gordon, Public Programmes Specialist from City Gallery Wellington who will give an insight into their new exhibition Hilma Af Klint: The Secret Paintings.

The recent rediscovery of Hilma af Klint's abstract paintings has changed the course of art and art history. Dating from an era offering limited creative freedoms for women, af Klint, working largely in isolation, created an entirely new artistic language - possibly even abstraction itself -years before key names like Kasimir Malevich, Vassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian. 

Recognising that the world was not yet ready for her work, af Klint left instructions that her work be kept secret until at least twenty years after her death. That time has come, and over the last few years, af Klint has become one of the world’s most discussed artists. 

Following Caleb, Govett-Brewster Educator Ellie Field will share the latest kinetic sculpture to be realised from the plans and notes of Len Lye: Convolutions.

Convolutions is among Len Lye’s most intriguing large-scale kinetic sculptures, closer in spirit to the organic forms of his experimental film Tusalava (1929) and his biomorphic paintings of the 1930s than his typical kinetic sculpture of the 1960s. Over 10m long, 5m high, the work sees a 28m loop of stainless-steel travel, thread-like, through an arrangement of rollers reminiscent of a scaled-up film projector. The contemplative work follows Wand Dance and Sky Snakes and has been realised from Lye's own drawings and notes with the support by the Len Lye Foundation in partnership with Team Zizz.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Email our front of house team info@govettbrewster.com and they will send you the zoom link to join our discussion.

Len Lye, <i>Drawing for Wall Motion Sculpture</i>, c 1965. Len Lye Foundation.

Len Lye, Drawing for Wall Motion Sculpture, c 1965. Len Lye Foundation.

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