World Receivers

 November 6, 2018 – March 10, 2019 at Kunstbau

Georgiana Houghton, The Flower of Samuel Warrand, 1862


Georgiana Houghton – Hilma af Klint – Emma Kunz

With films by James and John Whitney and Harry Smith

The exhibition World Receivers. Georgiana Houghton—Hilma af Klint—Emma Kunz will offer insight into an extraordinary and largely obscure episode in the history of modernism: without knowing of each other, Georgiana Houghton (1814–1884) in England, Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) in Sweden, and Emma Kunz (1892–1963) in Switzerland devised singular abstract visual languages fraught with symbolism. They pursued their convictions with great perseverance and confidence; their shared desire was to translate the laws of nature and spiritual and extrasensory phenomena into images. Their works are rarely on public view, and our exhibition will be the first to show the three artists together.

In addition to this, we show little-known films by the brothers James and John Whitney and Harry Smith. Inspired by a variety of occult and esoteric movements in the 1940s, the three American artists made abstract experimental films. They give evidence of a similar approach in a different medium that also engendered a novel visual idiom.

Curated by Karin Althaus and Sebastian Schneider

In cooperation with

Victorian Spiritualists' Union, Melbourne
The Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm
Emma Kunz Zentrum, Würenlos


Sun, November 4, 2018, 7pm
at Kunstbau
Admission free

MediA partner


with kind support by



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