While I was staying in Seoul in January, I was looking for art exhibitions that are hard to find in the US. The first exhibition I went in this year is this one: Hundertwasser exhibition in Sejong cultural center. Sejong cultural center is in Gwang-hwa-mun area where it was crowded with thousands of people for protesting against the president every Saturdat night. It was one of quite weekdays but you can see some people are protesting hard core by staying in a tent in Gwang-hwa mun until she’s officially kicked out.
Hundertwasser(in German, it means hundred water) is not a complete stranger to me. I’ve seen his architect in Wien.
My first impression on him is that “oh, he’s really similar to Antoni Gaudí”and that was my impression on him until I attended this exhibition. He was a real hippie andpursue environment -friendly life. He had dreamt of “Green City” and inspired Vienna to become more environment-friendly.
Hundertwasser was an Austrian-born New Zealand artist and born in a Jewish family in 1928. He stood out as an opponent of “a straight line” and any standardization, expressing this concept in the field of building design. He was fascinated by spirals and called straight lines “godless and immoral” and “something cowardly drawn with a rule, without thought or feeling”. You will be able to see how much he loved spirals in this blog post afterward.
The exhibition contained a lot of various methods of his works. There were painting,carpet arts and models of his architects.
As you can see in the left below painting, he emphasized” we are guest in the earth” and this message penetrates most or almost all of his works. You can obviously see how he loved to use spirals. The interesting thing is that he didn’t put the title of his works but his aficionado named his works.
After I bought the admission ticket, I was very lucky to listen principal curator’s explanations on this exhibition. She did a great job in explaining his ideals and I was amazed how she was so passionate about this exhibition.
And this is the miniature of Rogner Bad Blumau which is a famous resort in Austria. It is said that Hobbiton was inspired by this design. As it is wellness hotel, Hunderwasser wanted it to be close to the nature. The design of the thermal park, which originally opened in 1997, boasts colorful patchwork façades and green roofs, without a single straight line in sight. arranged like a city with various districts, the indoor ring-shaped spa is the center, with the diverse range of accommodation, swimming, bathing and restaurant areas branching out into the open landscape.
This is the real Rogner Bad Blumau. It would be really dreamy and relaxed if I stay here and take a break for a week.
Can you imagine it’s actually a waste incineration plant? This is the miniature of waste incineration plant near Vienna.
Hundertwasser also wanted the incineration plant look aesthetically great. It was a great model for urban design so many civil servants from the world came to visit this place.
And this art works are made of carpet works. The curator also mentioned that he used to have two studios: one in Mexico and the other in Vienna. Interestingly, the style created from two studios are different that one done in Mexico is more fierce while the one done in Vienna is more soft. Can you spot which one is made in which studio?
to become humus myself
buried naked without coffin
under a beech tree planted by myself
on my land in ao tea roa.”