Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hundertwasser: The Right to Dreams

I meant to get this up weeks ago but forgot/things came up. The Städtische Galerie in Albstadt (don't think it has an English website, sorry) just held a very interesting exhibition dedicated to Austrian artist and architect Friedrich Stowasser, better known as just Hundertwasser ("hundred waters" in German). His paper works are characterized by childlike compositions and environmental themes, exploding with vibrant color and meticulous patterns. His architecture, reminiscent of Gaudi, defies straight lines for being "godless" and instead swirls and swoops around in waves and circles. I actually always pass his Wohnen unterm Regenturm in Plochingen when I take the train to Stuttgart. Most of the work at the exhibition focused on his prints, though. Let's look!

The Shadows of the Stars (1967)I was gleeful seeing his metallic paints and eye-popping colors- it kind of reminded me of Dubuffet. So fun! And I love that his prints emulate Japanese-style prints with his personal stamp and everything. Adorable.

Tears of an Artist (1974)Rain Drop Counter (1981)Girl Found in the Grass (1964)The Eyes of Machu Picchu (1966)The Endless Road to You (1967)=City Dwellers (1994)
He also designed a poster for the 1972 Olympics.

He has some wacky building designs.

Good Morning City - Bleeding Town (1970)At the end there were several models designed by school groups who had visited. It's a really cute idea, I think!

I'm really glad I went to see this exhibition, as it offered an interesting window into the life of an artist I had previously known nothing about. There was a lot of biographical and personal information, which I appreciated, as well as a video of him working at home and some of the weirdness of his life (like eating soup over his work, mixing in paprika with paint pigment bottles- yeesh). My next goal is to see more of his architecture- hopefully I will make it to Austria some time!


Leon said...

I'm trying to sell the Hundertwasser 1972 Munich Olympics poster, but I have no idea how much it's worth. Let me know if you have any ideas, please. Thanks!! Leon.thewarlock@gmail.com

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