Thursday 04/20/23 6:30PM-8PM
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Book Launch: Hilma af Klint

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From left to right: Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge (David Zwirner Books, 2023). Courtesy: David Zwirner Books. Photo: Madison Carroll; Hilma af Klint: A Biography (University of Chicago Press, 2022). Courtesy: University of Chicago Press

We invite you to a book launch and celebratory conversation on Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge (David Zwirner Books, 2023) and Hilma af Klint: A Biography (University of Chicago, 2022) at the New Museum.

Join Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, for a panel discussion on Hilma af Klint’s work and life featuring Julia Voss, author of Hilma af Klint: A Biography (University of Chicago, 2022) and contributor to Tree of Knowledge, and David Max Horowitz, Assistant Curator of the Guggenheim Museum and one of the curators of the 2018 exhibition “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.”

Learn more about the New Museum’s history exhibiting Hilma af Klint’s work—a suite of her paintings was featured in the New Museum’s 2016 group exhibition “The Keeper,” co-curated by Gioni. Centered around practices of archiving, preserving, and withholding, the presentation also included works by artists Yuji Agematsu, Loretta Pettway, Missouri Pettway, Quinnie Pettway, and Zofia Rydet, among others.

A recording of this conversation can be found on our YouTube channel and below:


Massimiliano Gioni is the Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum, where he leads the curatorial team and is responsible for the museum’s exhibition program. At the New Museum he has curated exhibitions by John Akomfrah, Pawel Althamer, Ed Atkins, Lynda Benglis, Tacita Dean, Nicole Eisenman, Urs Fischer, Hans Haacke, Camille Henrot, Carsten Höller, Kahlil Joseph, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sarah Lucas, Gustav Metzger, Marta Minujin, Chris Ofili, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Faith Ringgold, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, Peter Saul, Nari Ward, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others. He has organized major group shows including “After Nature” (2008); “Ostalgia” (2011); “Here and Elsewhere” (2014); “The Keeper” (2016); and “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” (2021), an exhibition originally conceived by Okwui Enwezor and realized in collaboration with Naomi Beckwith, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash. Gioni’s international exhibitions include “The Warmth of Other Suns” at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC (2019); “The Restless Earth” Triennale, Milan (2017) and “The Great Mother,” Milan Expo at Palazzo Reale, (2015), both with the Trussardi Foundation; the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the 10th Gwangju Biennale (2010); the 1st New Museum Triennial (2009); the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006); and Manifesta 5 (2004).

David Max Horowitz (b. Ridgewood, NJ, USA; he/him) is a curator and art historian who lives and works in New York City. He is Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. At the Guggenheim, Horowitz worked closely with Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator and Senior Director of Collections, on the 2018-19 exhibition “Hilma at Klint: Paintings for the Future.” Other recent exhibitions include “Jean Dubuffet: Ardent Celebration” (2022), “Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction” (2019–20), “R. H. Quaytman + ×, Chapter 34” (2018–19), and “Agnes Martin” (2016–17). Horowitz holds a BA from University of Maryland, College Park, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and he is currently pursuing an MA from Hunter College.

Julia Voss (b. Frankfurt, Germany; she/her) is an art critic, art historian, and curator who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She is Curator at the German Historical Museum in Berlin and former arts editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Voss is author of Hilma af Klint: A Biography (2022) which was short-listed for the Non-Fiction Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair. She is curator of the upcoming 2024 exhibition “Hilma af Klint and Vasily Kandinsky: Dreams of the Future” which will open at Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf, Germany. Voss has received the Sigmund Freud Prize for Academic Prose by the German Academy for Language and Literature and the Luise Büchner Prize for Journalism. She has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin; and the Lichtenberg Kolleg in Göttingen, Germany. She has a PhD in art history and is honorary professor for Art History at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.


This program is co-sponsored by David Zwirner Books.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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