Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000)

Painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser has spread his colourful legacy all over Vienna. Hundertwasser house, ‘KunstHausWien’ and community heating plant ‘Spittelau’ catch the eye with their colourful tiling, mosaics, turrets, columns and onion shaped spires.

„Look, there’s a tree growing out of this building“, is the frequent remark of first time visitors. Hundertwasser house is one of Vienna’s most popular sights and was built 20 years ago as part of the city’s community housing project. Many of its tenants have moved in on opening and enjoy its beauty, its originality and its comforts.

In 1948 Friendensreich Hundertwasser studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts for 4 months. A year later he changed his name to Friedensreich Hundertwasser, which means "full-of-peace hundred-water". From 1949 to 1952 he undertook many journeys to North Africa and Paris, where he started to deal with the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee and others.

In 1962 Hundertwasser had his international break through at the Biennale in Venice. Around this time he also made ideological statements, with his famous nudist speeches and his call for peace, ecology and new forms of architecture. Not unlike the artists of the Session Movement, he saw art as a decoration. Hundertwasser got even more famous as an architect. From 1986 to 1991 he planned and realised different buildings, like the Hundertwasser Haus and the front of the waste combustion Spittelau.

Famous work: "Hundertwasserhaus" opened 1986;
"30 Day Fax Picture" 1994

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