'The Swan No. 17': a painting by Hilma af Klint

The Embassy of Sweden, ANU School of Art & Design and the ANU Film Group presents Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint. This screening of Halina Dryschka’s documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with Nicholas Chambers (Senior Curator, Modern & Contemporary International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales), Shaune Lakin (Head Curator, International Art, aNational Gallery of Australia) and Dioni Salas (artist and ANU School of Art & Design alumna).

This event coincides with the major retrospective exhibition Hilma af Klint – The Secret Paintings, currently at the Art Gallery of NSW until 19 September 2021.

Event Details

Monday 9 August 2021, 5pm-9pm. Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153), University Avenue, Acton, ACT 2601.

5pm: Join Embassy of Sweden for drinks and canapes at Badger & Co, Kambri Precinct ANU.

5.45pm for 6pm: Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint Film screening, Cultural Centre Cinema Kambri Precinct.

Immediately following the film: Panel discussion.

This is a free event. Registrations are essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hilma-af-klint-beyond-the-visible-film-panel-discussion-tickets-161040940789.

All visitors will be required to sign-in using the Check-In CBR App. If you are feeling unwell please do not attend.


Nicholas Chambers is Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He previously held the positions of Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh; and Curator of Contemporary International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. He has organised numerous exhibitions for museums in North America, Asia and Australia and, with Sue Cramer, developed Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Dr Shaune Lakin is Head Curator, International Art, at the National Gallery. Shaune was previously Senior Curator, Photography, at the National Gallery and before that Gallery Director, Monash Gallery of Art, in Narrm/Melbourne. Shaune has written widely on the history of Australian and International photography and curated many exhibitions. His curatorial practice is usually collaborative, often with colleague Anne O’Hehir, and focussed on histories of feminist photography and photography’s interactions with other media.

Dioni Salas is an established artist and School of Art & Design alumna. ‘Print and painting, Dionisia Salas brings the two mediums together with an immediacy of the hand in work that is altogether fresh. ‘At every point, Salas’ careful and calculated image structure is belied by her works’ uncontainable, irresistible vivacity and electricity, mesmeric whoops and furls. Throughout her oeuvre there is a breadth of approaches, but the assertive constants of colour and surface, layering and pattern have all the hallmarks of print in a painterly package’. – Yolande Norris

Please note: This is an in-person event, and according to ACT Health masks are recommended. If you do not feel well, have been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case, or visited an identified COVID hotspot, we urge you to please get yourself tested and refrain from attending the event. ACT Health provide regular updates therefore, attendees are requested to review and follow their guidelines before attending.