If one thing, this post is long overdue: Hundertwasser has certainly secured his spot among my favorite artists, not to mention that he’s one of the most important Austrian artists of the twentieth century.
Is it for his Hobbit-like, environment responsive, fairy-taleish architecture? Or could it be for his sui generis foil-glazed prints from the 60’s? Maybe for his imposing, chaotically ludic tapestry? None of the above. Yet, all of the above.
Hundertwasser’s art production is colossal – almost like the color palettes organically imposed by his work. I like to think of him as a modern-times Da Vinci, for the comprehensibility of his work collection and his multi-media abilities.
Or, I just pushed too hard. But I do love the guy’s work.
Hundertwasser, a visionary and responsible creator, mobilizes the power of his art in order to spread his message for a life in harmony with nature and the individual creativity.
While living in Vienna, few of my favorite days were spent between the KunstHaus’ paintings, monoliths, tapestries, stamps, metal embossed prints, and architectural projects. Just a couple blocks from the KunstHausWien lies the Hundertwasser Haus, an apartment building projected by Mr. H. himself.
The man was a true nature lover, hence the organic fluctuations of his compositions and his environmental-friendly architecture.
So without further delays, let’s dive into the colorful, weird world of Friedensreich Hundertwasser:
The spiral, as I see it, is a vegetative spiral, with swellings, where the lines become thicker and thinner, like the rings of a tree trunk…
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, The Spiral, 1974
A symbolic figure for a non-conformist way of life, a forerunner of environmental protection and an ambassador for a self-determined alternative existence.
SUSTAINABLE ART / ENVIRONMENTAL POSTERS
In order to be happy, man does not need mechanical energy, but internal creative energy.
Hundertwasser, Culture Against Nuclear Power, 1980
Don’t let yourselves be seized and registered. Don’t be successors. Look to yourself. Be aware that the radio, newspapers, film, advertising, television are instruments of subjugation. Anything linear should be met with distrust. Don’t carry any straight lines around with you.
Hundertwasser’s The Pintorarium, 1959
Inspired by the Vienna Secession movement, especially the work of Austrian painters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, Hundertwasser incorporated his decorative, labyrinthine spirals into his paintings, architecture and designs for postage stamps and flags. He developed his own theory of transautomatism, which was inspired by the Surrealist concept of automatism (painting or drawing without conscious self-censorship), and sought to loosen the rigid rules of conventional art to emphasize the viewer’s experience. Hundertwasser’s architectural style is often compared with those of Antonio Gaudi. – From amusingplanet.com
The Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna
That’s an apartment building. People actually live in it. Sustainability at its best, eh?
The KunstHausWien, Vienna
It’s Hundertwasser’s Museum in Vienna. Not only it was designed by Hundertwasser himself, but it also houses the world’s only permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser’s works. The KunstHausWien hosts regular temporary exhibitions of other artists as well.
Kuchlbauer Tower, Germany
An observation tower designed by Hundertwasser on the grounds of the Kuchlbauer Brewery in Abensberg, a town in Lower Bavaria, Germany.
Thermal Villages Blumau, Austria
It’s in the municipality and spa town of Bad Blumau, in the district of Hartberg-Fürstenfeld in Styria, Austria. It has a large complex at the hot springs designed by Hundertwasser.