Hundertwasser

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Life and Times. Hundertwasser was born in Vienna, Austria on December 15th, 1928 as Friedrich StowasserHis father died the following year, he was a technical servant and officer during World War I. He started to draw at the age of six in 1934 In 1943, sixty-nine of his relations from his mother's

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1. Hundertwasser By Ingrid Bergstrom

2. Life and Times Hundertwasser was born in Vienna, Austria on December 15th, 1928 as Friedrich Stowasser His father died the following year, he was a technical servant and officer during World War I. He started to draw at the age of six in 1934 In 1943, sixty-nine of his relations from his mother’s side were deported from Austria and killed because of the Holocaust

3. Life and Times cont. In 1949 he starts to travel extensively around Europe His sense of style develops and he assumes the name of Hundertwasser He married in 1958 in Gibraltar, and later divorced in 1960 Married again in 1961 to Yuko Ikewada, who he met on a trip to Japan They divorce in 1966 His mother dies in 1972

4. Life and Times cont. Becomes a very successful artist and famous world-wide Designs sets of postage stamps and receives many awards for them Moves to New Zealand to live and work in 1999 Dies on Saturday, February 19th aboard to Queen Elizabeth II in the pacific Ocean The cause of death was a heart attack Was buried under a tulip tree in New Zealand in the Garden of the Happy Deads, it was his wish to be buried there

5. Hundertwasser’s Training Hundertwasser spend three months in the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna in 1948 He was taught by professor Robin Christian Andersen He was strongly by Walter Kampmann during this period in his life Started to travel around Europe and see different artwork, while developing his own sense of style Influenced by Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), and his building “La Sagrada Familia”

6. Training cont. In 1949 Hundertwasser met Rene Bro, who was another influence, and traveled with him to Paris Stayed with Bro and attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts but left after his first day In 1953 he worked in Bro’s studio and Hundertwasser is a secessionist, which tied very closely to Art Nouveau, a movement started in the late 18th, early 19th century Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiell are a few other artists similar to Hundertwasser

7. The Incinerator The incinerator was built from 1988 to 1992 upon the request of Vienna’s mayor, Helmut Zilk Hundertwasser was initially opposed because of the environmental problems burning garbage caused, but consented when he was told that the incinerator would also supply power to houses, cutting down on pollution

8. The incinerator cont. The incinerator in located in the Spittelau district in Vienna The Incinerator is an icon in Vienna, because it is so tall and out in public, many tourists also see it

9. World events Many things happened during Hundertwasser’s time World War II took place when he was in his teens, and much of his family on his mother’s side was killed, but Hundertwasser’s work was never political or anti-war, he did not focus on that at all Many inventions took place during his life time, and Hundertwasser’s work moved with the times, his work sometimes included things such as spaceships, later 20th century cars, and satellites

10. World events cont. The 1972 Olympic games took place, in which east Germany and West Germany compete as separate teams; Hundertwasser collaborated on the poster for those Olympics In the mid 1990’s There was debate on weather or not Austria would join the union, Hundertwasser was on the committee opposing Austria’s admission T.V. and movies came to be popular, and Hundertwasser collaborated in 1972 with Peter Schamoni on the movie, Hundertwasser Renentag a movie about the old wooden vessel that he converted in a Venice lagoon He also made an appearance in 1972 on a T.V. show called Make a Wish, where he demonstrated different aspects of architecture

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