HUNDERTWASSER – ARTIST AND ECO-ACTIVIST

1 February - 7 September 2014  

HUNDERTWASSER – ARTIST AND ECO-ACTIVIST


I want to show how basically simple it is to have paradise on earth.
Hundertwasser, 1975


So said the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), whose heart beat fondly for the liberation of nature and mankind. He was a painter, eco-activist and architect who with his pictures, manifestos and fairytale build¬ings wanted to make the world a better place. Hundertwasser’s spectrum includes mixed brightly coloured spirals, golden cupolas and wild-growing trees with things as down-to-earth as humus toilets, nettle soup and home-sewn clothes. In his time he was controversial. Today, with his ideas on green architecture, ecology and ‘urban gardening’, he is more topical than ever. 


Art that takes a stand
Hundertwasser’s paintings and his buildings both look like living organisms. They grow before our eyes. He scorned geometrically straight lines and sad, monotonous housing. The twisting spiral shape recurs in his colourful pictures, and his exuberant buildings are full of plants. With paintings, prints, design, archi¬-tectural models, films, photos and quotations the exhibition guides us into the artist’s enchanting imaginative universe.



Read an extract from the exhibition catalogue here:


 
Movie screening
Two HUNDERTWASSER movies are screening during the exhibition period in ARKEN's Film Auditorium. For more information and showtimes click here.  

 


ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

 

Copyright for Hundertwasser texts and documentary photographs:

© 2014 Hundertwasser Archive, Vienna


Copyright for Hundertwasser art works:

© 2014 NAMIDA AG, Glarus, Switzerland


THE PAINTER OF SPIRALS
THE PAINTER OF SPIRALS  »

Get whirled into Hundertwasser's colourful universe, where paintings reflect nature’s forms


THE FAIRYTALE ARCHITECT
THE FAIRYTALE ARCHITECT  »

Get insight into Hundertwasser's organic building style and his highly topical thoughts on green architecture


THE ECO-ACTIVIST
THE ECO-ACTIVIST  »

Read more about Hundertwasser's effort for an organic lifestyle and get an easy recipe


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