Hilma F. Klimt was a well-known mystic and one of the first artists to use abstraction. You can now buy NFTs of her paintings. Stolpe Publishing, which put out Clint’s Catalog Raison earlier this year, worked with VR and AR production company Acute Art and Pharrell Williams, a rapper and the founder of GODA (Gallery of Digital Assets), to make the NFTs.
“Beautiful and expressive art truly does transcend time, and Hilma af Klint’s work is a perfect example of that,” Williams said in a statement. “We are honored to showcase her work on this platform and celebrate a truly remarkable woman.”
The NFTs are from Klimt’s “Paintings for the Temple” series, which he made from 1906 to 1915. There are 193 paintings in the series, but none of them can be sold because they belong to the Hilma af Klint Foundation, a non-profit group in Sweden. But the people who work on Clint NFTs were able to get permission to make and sell NFTs of actions.
Clint imagined that this set of paintings would be a temple. Acute Art and GODA worked together to make that temple come to life.
“Hilma af Klimt dreamed of a spiral-shaped building large enough to showcase her most important works, the highly beautiful paintings for the temple,” Daniel Birnbaum, artistic director of Acute Art, said in a statement. With the help of Stolpe Publishing, Acute Art has now made Klimt’s temple a reality in virtual reality.
There were 193 NFTs made, which is the same number as the number of paintings in the series. On GODA’s website, there are now more than 160 NFTs for sale through auction. GODA says that the remaining 30 NFTs won’t be sold “for promotional/strategic reasons.”
Af Klint is now thought of as one of the first abstract painters in Western art history, but he wasn’t widely known until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2018 brought him into the international spotlight. Since then, she’s become a well-known person.