The ‘Waldspirale’ apartment building designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and implemented by the architect Heinz M. Springmann.
The building contains 105 apartments, a parking garage, cafe, bar, playground, and an artificial lake.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Tokyo with his painting “Erste Japan-Spirale.”
At first, the hypothesis that in his early work Friedensreich Hundertwasser was substantially influenced by Japanese art and Far Eastern philosophy may sound astounding. However, the fact that his art was covered in Japanese art magazines as early as the mid-1950s and that his breakthrough as an artist was closely linked to his one-year stay in Japan corroborates this interesting theory.
As many European artists of his time, Hundertwasser interpreted Taoism’s and Zen Buddhism’s lines of thought in a most creative fashion that was based on his fascination for Japanese woodcuts by Hiroshige and Hokusai. His early works impressively demonstrate how he reached his own artistic maturity in the late 1950s with his process-oriented manner of painting, experimental pictorial compositions, and painting actionism, thereby moving entirely on the same level as the international avant-garde.
The exhibition “Hundertwasser, Japan and the Avant-garde” (21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna / Mar. 6 - Jun. 30, 2013) illustrates the Japanese avant-garde’s direct and indirect impact on Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s early work by means of selected examples. Comprising more than 40 works by the artist and numerous works by exponents of the international avant-garde – including Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Tetsumi Kudo, Akira Kito, Yayoi Kusama, etc. It is the first exhibition to highlight this aspect of the artist’s work in an international context.
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