The colorful world of Hundertwasser

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The Kunst Haus Wien (est. 1991) in Vienna's third district pays homage to its founder. With straight lines a rarity, undulating floors throughout and forests of houseplants indoors, it is the embodiment of Hundertwasser's style. Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), the Kunst Haus Wien contains the Museum Hundertwasser - the world's only permanent collection of his work - and hosts a regularly changing line-up of guest exhibitions. A short distance away is another of the artist's projects, the Hundertwasserhaus. This Vienna City Council housing project can only be viewed from the outside (Kegelgasse 34-38, 1030 Vienna).

In its 20th anniversary year, the Kunst Haus Wien will be honoring the artist with an exhibition called In Hundertwasser's World, a testament to the man whose philosophy and approach to his work has literally and figuratively shaped it from the outset. The show provides a thematic and associative foray into the mind of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his artistic cosmos, while also taking in various landmarks in his creative biography.  These include the legendary rooftop studio in Spiegelgasse which was a focal point of the Vienna art scene in the 1960s, as well as his famous Speeches in the Nude held in Munich and Vienna in 1967 and 1968 in which he railed against rationalism in architecture. A separate part of the exhibition reconstructs Hundertwasser's journey from art into ecology, and explores his preoccupation with the topic. This temporary exhibition is best enjoyed in the wider context of the permanent exhibits at the Museum Hundertwasser (combined ticket for both Hundertwasser exhibitions EUR 12, annual ticket EUR 20).

In Hundertwasser‘s World

Jul 7-Nov 6, 2011
Kunst Haus Wien
Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, 3rd district,
www.kunsthauswien.com

 

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