‘Swedish Ecstasy’

17 Feb. →
21 May'23

Hilma af Klint, August Strindberg and other visionaries

In the spring of 2023, all eyes will be on the far north. We know Sweden mainly for its pragmatism, great engineers and entrepreneurs. But there is an important yet lesser known aspect of the nation’s spiritual life, visible in its art and literature. Bozar is therefore staging an exhibition that brings together a number of figureheads from the Swedish art scene. Mysticism and esoteric speculation runs like a thread through their work.

We will be showing work by some of the country’s most important literary figures, from the 18th-century Emanuel Swedenborg to the turn of the 20th century with August Strindberg, who is known as a writer but who also created wonderful drawings and paintings. In the same period, we find visual art by visionaries such as C.F. Hill, Ernst Josephson and Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint dreamed of a spiral-shaped building to house her most important works, the so-called Paintings for the Temple with as many as 193 works. During her lifetime, that dream never materialised, the temple remained an imaginary creation - until now. Bozar reached back to her notebooks and built a VR installation of Hilma's vision in the exhibition, conceived by Stolpe Publishing and Acute Art.

Up to this day, these visions continue to inspire contemporary artists like Carsten Höller, Christine Ödlund, Daniel Youssef, Cecilia Edefalk and Lars Olof Loeld. 


Focus on Sweden

Practical information


BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS

New! Combiticket for Michel François and Swedish Ecstasy. For €20 you can now visit both exhibitions. Book your combiticket here.

The Virtual Reality experience is included in your ticket. You'll find the VR at the end of the exhibition.

The minimum recommended age to experience VR is 12.

Exhibition catalogue 'Swedish Ecstasy. Hilma af Klint, August Strindberg & other Visionaries'
Published by Bozar Books - Mercatorfonds
English version, 208 pages. Price 40 €
For sale at the Bozar Bookshop by Walter König. Only available in English.



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