Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian artist (who later took on New Zealand citizenship). Born Friedrich Stowasser inVienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century.
As a result of his experiences as a persecuted by the Nazi regime Hundertwasser developed an anti-totalitarian position early on. He was likely raised by his mother in the popular sense of imperial nostalgia, which was popular in the interwar period. His early fears of the square marching battalions associated with dictatorships may have led him to oppose any “geometrization” of people and their architecture. In a letter from 1954 Hundertwasser described the square as “geometric rectangles compressed columns on the march”. In 1959 Hundertwasser got involved with helping the Dalai Lama escape from Tibet by campaigning for the Tibetan religious leader in Carl Laszlo’s magazine “Panderma”. In later years, when he was already a known artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser became an environmental activist and most recently operated as a more prominent opponent of the European Union, advocating the preservation of regional peculiarities. Among the lesser known facets of Hundertwasser’s personality is his commitment to constitutional monarchy:
Austria needs a parent center, consisting of perennial higher values - the one no longer dares to speak – like beauty, culture, internal and external peace, faith, abundance of the heart […] Austria needs an emperor, who is subservient to the people. A parent and radiant size to which all have confidence, because this size is in possession of all. While the rationalist way of thinking has given us in this century, an ephemeral (short-lived Ed.) higher American standard of living at the expense of nature and creation, which has now come to an end, but our heart, our quality of life destroyed, our desires, without which an Austrian does not want to live. It is outrageous that Austria has an emperor who did no evil to anyone, but is still treated like a leper. Austria needs a crown! Long live Austria! Long live the constitutional monarchy! Long live Otto von Habsburg ! – Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In support of the return of constitutional monarchy. Kaurinui, New Zealand , 28 March 1983. On 14 May 1987, Otto von Habsburg on his 75th day.
- Ferry Radax: Hundertwasser – Leben in Spiralen (Hundertwasser – life in spirals, 1966). Ferry Radax first documentary on his fellow-countryman.
- Ferry Radax: Hundertwasser in Neuseeland (Hundertwasser in New Zealand, 1998). After 30 years Ferry Radax made a second portrait of the artist.
- Peter Schamoni: Hundertwasser Regentag (Hundertwasser’s Rainy Day, 1972). An award-winning German documentary about the artist rebuilding an old wooden ship called Regentag (Rainy Day).
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- Website of Hundertwasser Foundation
- Hundertwasser Online Encyclopedia
- On Hundertwasser
- Website of Hundertwasser-House by Hundertwasser Foundation
- The Mosaics of Hundertwasser
- Hundertwasserhaus website
- “Die Grüne Zitadelle von Magdeburg” – The last project of Hundertwasser
- – Hundertwasser architectural guide
- “Der Kuchlbauerturm” – Finished April 2010