"The world of abstract art" Exhibition

Following the great success of “Monet2Klimt” exhibition, Digitiva has created the “The world of abstract art” multimedia exhibition, which will be showing for the first time at our Tallinn location. This exhibition follows the same era as “Monet2Klimt” showing our spectators the parallel between different art styles, showcasing great works of Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich.

The exhibition consists of most famous artworks of those artists (many of them never seen by the public as they are kept in private collections) followed by classical melodies to enhance the experience. It is impressive to see how this art extravagates were living in the same era but were pioneers of the totally another art direction – the abstract. 

Through this exhibition you will be able to:

  • See the art of Hilma af Klint. Her impressiveness in abstract art will show you why she was long hidden gem in the art elite world, and why her paintings were not seen in public before 1986. 
  • Feel how the idea of “hearing colors”, that was developed by Kandisky, will influence you while listening to the classical symphonies at the exhibition and watching the artwork.
  • Understand why Malevich was undoubtedly the pioneer in exploration of pure geometric forms and their relationships to each other. Step into his mind and try to understand those unbreakable boundaries he has create

Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) a Swedish born artist and one of the first women to attend the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. In 1882, at the age of 20, she enrolled at the Academy and spent the next five years studying drawing, portraiture and landscape painting. Graduating with honors, she was awarded a studio in the Academy’s “Atelier Building”. Af Klint was making abstract art before Kadinsky, Malevich and Mondrian.

And why are we only hearing about her now? When she died, aged 81, in 1944, she stipulated in her will that all of her work should not be shown until 20 years after her death. It was not until the 1986 Los Angeles show The Spiritual in Art that her work was seen in public, and although other shows have followed, it is through Stockholm’s sensational 2013 exhibition, Pioneer of Abstraction, that she has blazed into view internationally – it was the most popular exhibition the Moderna Museet has ever held.

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (16 December 1866 – 13 December 1944) a Russian-born artist, one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting. After successful avant-garde exhibitions, he founded the influential Munich group Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”; 1911–14) and began completely abstract painting. His forms evolved from fluid and organic to geometric and, finally, to pictographic.

Kandinsky, himself an accomplished musician, once said “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” The concept that color and musical harmony are linked has a long history, intriguing scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. Kandinsky used color in a highly theoretical way associating tone with timbre (the sound’s character), hue with pitch, and saturation with the volume of sound. He even claimed that when he saw color he heard music – this phenomenon is called synesthesia.

Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (23 February 1879 – 15 May 1935) was a Russian avant-garde artist and art theorist, whose pioneering work and writing had a profound influence on the development of non-objective, or abstract art, in the 20th century.

Malevich was the founder of the artistic and philosophical school of Suprematism, and his ideas about forms and meaning in art would eventually constitute the theoretical underpinnings of non-objective, or abstract, art. Malevich worked in a variety of styles, but his most important and famous works concentrated on the exploration of pure geometric forms (squares, triangles, and circles) and their relationships to each other and within the pictorial space. Because of his contacts in the West, Malevich was able to transmit his ideas about painting to his fellow artists in Europe and the United States, thus profoundly influencing the evolution of modern art.