That’s Art V: Hundertwasser

April 29, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Last week Maya introduced our Art Week  and I don’t want to miss introducing my favorite artist “Hunderwasser”. The first time I heard of him was when visiting Vienna a few years ago. I remember that I was totally  impressed by the Hunderwasser House. The idea of uneven floors and a roof covered with earth and grass and large trees growing from the inside of the house is just awesome. I like the way that he was trying to connect humans with the nature and most of all that he was rejecting straight lines. You’ll notice that none of his paintings will have “devil’s tools” (Hunderwasser used to call straight lines devil’s tools) .  And that’s what I like about him. You can so easily reflect life with his paintings and his architectural designs. Life is not a straight line, it offers you so many surprises…ok, Hundertwasser is often considered to be a phantastic surrealist, too, but his work stands out in many ways. The bright colors he was using always bring me in a good mood 😉 and honestly I would love to live in one of his architectural buildings.

Only those who think and live creatively will survive in this life and beyond

Just a few facts on Hundertwasser: Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was born as Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna in 1928 and became one of Austrian’s best known painters and architects. However  Hundertwasser always considered New Zealand as his official home, and no matter where he went in the world, his watch was always set to New Zealand time.

– Kunsthaus in Vienna – Grüne Zitadelle in Magdeburg – Hundertwasser facade in Plochingen – Quixote Winery in Napa Valley – House Waldspirale in Darmstadt – Thermal power plant in Vienna – Residential building at Bad Soden am Taunus – Roof garden of a Kindergarten in Frankfurt…



  1. Thanks for posting this – I was looking for some images of his work in Vienna. In return – here’s what his toilet block in New Zealand looks like.

    All the best, Richard http://richardtulloch.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/kawakawa-new-zealand-the-tourist-trap-toilet/

  2. by Gibson Hummingbird: The toilet is not bad….I’ll try to think of it when visiting New Zealand…btw your blog is really cool. love Holland 😉

    • Thanks for the encouragement, GH, and keep up the good work!

  3. nbsp he seemed almost bewildered as cervantes in prison, and then by turns, tired, rueful, and very human, portraying don quixote.

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