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Hundertwasser Exhibition at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

Hundertwasser - The Small Way, 1991 © 2014 NAMIDA AG, Glarus Schweiz

© 2014 NAMIDA AG, Glarus Schweiz

5. March 2014

The Austrian artist and thinker Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was a visionary – in the best sense of the word – and far ahead of his time, mobilising the power of his art in order to spread his message for a life in harmony with nature and the individual creativity.

Hundertwasser is a symbolic figure for a non-conformist way of life, a forerunner of environmental protection, eco-activism and an ambassador for a self-determined alternative existence. Whether he was materialising paradise in brightly coloured, sprawling, ornamental paintings, devising organic, undulating, phantasmagorical buildings, letting plants grow wild on the rooftops, inside houses and out windows, or organising nettle and tree-planting actions, his vision was to use his art to make the world a better place – a paradise, he wanted his audience to reach for by appealing to people’s imagination and dreams and by making art that holds great aesthetic beauty as well as surprise and testifies to a rare level of commitment. Although his work was often trivialised and dismissed as kitsch by the art establishment, there is no doubt that Hundertwasser, in his ideas about green architecture, ecology and “urban gardening” is more current than ever.

Exhibition period: 01 February 2014 - 01 June 2014
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Wednesday 10:00-21:00, Monday closed.

ARKEN Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj