Sunday, 27 July 2008

Art exhibitions

Hilma af Klint, Tree of life n°5 (c) The Hilma af Klint Foundation

This week I have had the chance to discover two wonderful exhibitions.

One was centered around Hilma af Klint. Considered to be one of the first abstract painters, she painted classical landscapes and portraits for a living, but secretly painted abstracts, under the inspiration of Spirits. Her abstract paintings were revealed to the public 40 years after her death in 1986. She uses a lot of colours and geometrical figures, circles, spirals, triangles... More here.

The other was about Peter Doig. A contemporary artist, he paints a lot of strange landscapes. Watching his work, I had the impression of seing spiritual messages everywhere, as if the landscapes and figures were distorted because seen through the eyes of the soul rather than the physical eyes. I fell in love with "Milky Way" (above) and "Grand Riviere" in which there is a white horse and... ravens ?

More on the artist here (Tate Britain).

9 comments:

KV said...

I just love your reviews of the art shows you attend, Helene. Living in a smaller community, our art museum is very limited in it's collections and we rarely get a notable show. But we are also a university town so we get to see all sorts of unusual and interesting art that our undergraduates and master's program artists conjure up. Much of it is wonderful!


Kathy V in NM

Hélène H said...

Thanks KV. I try to just follow my eyes and my heart in exhibitions, rather than prepare the visit. I read on the subject afterwards :o)

I have often had very strong crushes on young or little known artists, especially thanks to blogs and so on. I think it's magical to be able to see so much beauty, talent, creativity thanks to the internet !

Hugs.

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ACey said...

These are wonderful images - you do seem to be a lucky one for finding shows that speak to the soul. Those landscapes are quite extraordinary.

GraceBeading said...

Wow... that was wonderful. I've never seen a website like that either, I really enjoyed going from room to room

Jackie said...

Thank you for your comment Helene. You are absolutelt right about books. ..I was a primary school teacher an dif old text books were being thrown out I took them home..I am such a hoarder. I have enjoyed a little look at your blpog, i'll have a better look when I get my glasses on!

Hélène H said...

Thanks for dropping by Jackie, I love your style, in craft and writing !