The Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) is regarded as a pioneer of early abstract art.
Her works from the first decades of the 20th century were made before the abstract paintings that were previously considered to be the first of their kind, works by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich.
The Foundation’s involvement in research on Hilma af Klint began in 2012, in collaboration with Moderna Museet in Stockholm and its director Daniel Birnbaum, and featured several international seminars in connection with the exhibition Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction, which attracted more visitors than any other exhibition of a Swedish artist in the museum’s history. In consequence, a further five seminars were organised in Europe, to encourage further discussions, studies and research on af Klint’s practice and the history of early abstract art. Two volumes of essays about af Klint have been published, one of which in association with Königs Verlag.