Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian, 2000)

Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian, 1928–2000) was a painter, printmaker, and architect best known for his paintings characterized by colorful, ornamental, and biomorphic shapes. Born in Vienna, he spent a few months at the Viennese Art Academy before setting off to travel through Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, and Nepal.

Inspired by the Vienna Secession movement, especially the work of Austrian painters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, Hundertwasser incorporated his decorative, labyrinthine spirals into his paintings, and designs for postage stamps and flags. He developed his own theory of transautomatism, which was inspired by the Surrealist concept of automatism (painting or drawing without conscious self-censorship), and sought to loosen the rigid rules of conventional art to emphasize the viewer’s experience. In the 1950s, Hundertwasser began designing architectural projects—such as his famous Hundertwasser House in Vienna—which create organic, irregular forms that evoke the natural landscape. His work is currently held in several museum collections, including Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus in Klosterneuburg, Austria, and the KunstHausWien in Vienna.

Timeline

1928
Born on December 15th in Vienna, Austria
1948
Studied at the Art Academy of Vienna
1985
Finishing of the Hunderwasser-Building in Vienna, Austria
2000
Died on February 15th on board of "Queen Elizabeth II“, while returning back to Europe from New Zealand

Exhibitions

2005
Austrian Contemporary Art and Postwar Painting. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey - MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico; From the Collection Mauer, Vienna. Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia.
2004
Hundertwasser: L'Oeuvre Ultime. Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France; Hundertwasser - Fantastic architecture. Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Germany
2001
AUSGEWÃHLTE GRAFIK. Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany; Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Bilder und Graphik. Galerie Welz, Salzburg, Austria.
2000
Friedensreich Hundertwasser "Erinnerungen an 30 Jahre". Galerie Kley, Hamburg; Hundertwasser - Architecture. The Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya
1998
Flags of Tolerance, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
1974
Stowasser 1943 – Hundertwasser 1974 exhibition in the Albertina Graphics Collection, Vienna
1973
Exhibition at Aberbach Fine Arts, New York
1966
Exhibition at Hammerlund’s, Oslo
1965
Touring exhibition in Moderna Museet, Stockholm
1964
Large Retrospective in the Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover. The exhibition also travels to Amsterdam, Bern, Hagen, Stockholm, Vienna
1962
Retrospective in the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial
1960
Exhibition in Galerie Raymond Cordier, Paris
1957–1960
Contract and exhibition at the Galerie H. Kamer, Paris
1957
Exhibition at Galerie St. Stephen, Vienna
1956
2nd exhibition at Facchetti’s in Paris
1955
Exhibition at Carlo Cardazo’s Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
1954
1st exhibition in Paris at Studio Paul Facchetti
1952
First exhibition at the Art Club of Vienna