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 John and James 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


Sun, November 18, December 2 and 16, 2018, 2pm
Tue, November 20 and December 25, 2018, 6pm

Seeing an exhibition, everyone has their own associations, questions, and ideas—and so do the members of our team. In this series of guided tours of the show, they share their individual perspectives and introduce you to their personal highlights.

Fri, November 9, 2018, 4pm
... Karin Althaus, Curator of the exhibition, and Anna Straetmans, Assitant Curator

Tue, November 13, 2018, 6pm
... Sebastian Schneider, Assitant Curator and Curator of the exhibition, and Stephanie Weber, Curator, Contemporary Art

Fri, November 30, 2018, 4pm
... Eva Huttenlauch, Head of Collections Art after 1945, and Charlotte Coosemans, Art Education

Tue, December 11, 2018, 4pm
... Matthias Mühling, Director of Lenbachhaus

Tue, January 22, 2019, 6pm
... Karin Althaus, Curator of the exhibition, and Susanne Böller, Curator

Fri, February 22, 2019, 4pm
... Martina Oberprantacher, Art Education, and Elisabeth Giers, Associate Curator

at Lenbachhaus
Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 3 Euro / p.p. plus admission
Tickets are sold at the cash desks inside the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, online and at the München Ticket reservation kiosks.

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