The art world is confronted with a sensational discovery – a hundred years too late! How could it happen, that an artist who discovered abstract painting at the beginning of the 20th century remained largely unnoticed? Hilma af Klint’s first abstract painting is dated 1906, four years before that of Vassily Kandinsky. Why was she ignored?

This is the first film about her life and work. It investigates the role accorded to women in art history and asks why Hilma af Klint was scandalously denied the status of a pioneer of modern art. And how this recognition is now finally taking place. Today her exhibitions are attracting millions of people worldwide.

The cinematic approach of her paintings reveals an artist who is seeking for meaning in life beyond the visible. Hilma af Klint’s clairvoyant work developed a unique visual world and more than 25.000 pages of notes reveal a boundless thinking that led into an outstanding oeuvre.

Her timeless paintings cross all conventional borders and resonate with our innermost feelings today.

"BEYOND THE VISIBLE bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind."
The New York Times
"Art history must be rewritten."
"Phenomenal. A painterly work about an artist who has been blatantly ignored in art history."
SVT Kulturnyheterna
Göteborg International Filmfestival 2019
CPH:DOX Copenhagen 2019
HOT DOCS Toronto 2019
DOCAVIV Tel Aviv 2019
Vancouver International Film Festival 2019
Feministiska Filmfestival Stockholm 2019
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck 2019
Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2019
Weitere Press / Festivals

Technical Details

Original Title JENSEITS DES SICHTBAREN - Hilma af Klint
Country, Year Germany, 2019
Language English, German, Swedish
Subtitles English
Duration 93 min.
First Screening January 27th 2019


Director Halina Dyrschka
Cinematography Alicja Pahl, Luana Knipfer
Editing Antje Lass, Mario Orias
Music Damian Scholl („Beuys”)
Sound Design Niklas Kammertöns
Producers Eva Illmer, Halina Dyrschka
Supported by Kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und FFHSH Filmwerkstatt Kiel
Domestic distribution mindjazz pictures

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