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Don’t let yourselves be seized and registered. Don’t be successors. Look to yourself. Be aware that the radio, newspapers, film, advertising, television are instruments of subjugation. Anything linear should be met with distrust. Don’t carry any straight lines around with you.
From: THE PINTORARIUM, 1959
But art should be something very great, something religious and infinitely beautiful. Art should be a place where you can pray, where you receive intense spiritual help, a kingdom of peace. Art should help you to find the way you have lost. Art must be precious. Art must create values and not destroy values. One should feel protected with art as if you were really at home. Art must be beatiful, true and positive. Art must return to simplicity in our more and more complicated world, and find solutions to reduce the problems in which we are more and more entangled, and not create new problems.
From: ON FALSE ART, 1981
Great, genuine art does not involve itself with earthly concerns. Genuine art keeps a unique distance. It does not interfere in events. It searches for analogies of God in the creative act.
My manifestations and actions cannot be compared with the intellectual acrobatics which followed. In contrast to the happenings which came later, my actions were very precise and positive ecological messages. I have never repeated them, never declared them a form of art, and never wallowed in them year after year.
Never has art been as much without art — as artificial, as degenerate, as removed from nature and creation as today. Art means creative mastery. The fine arts should be beautiful. I have always attached importance to the fact that my paintings are beautiful and I placed them besides plants in order to see whether they sustain the comparison with nature.
From: THE CULTURAL-POLITICAL CLAIM TO POWER (Reply to Wieland Schmied), 1981
The painter must be a revolutionary; he must stand at the vanguard of what will help human progress, and that can’t happen in this day and age without nature and ecology. Without ecological awareness and without combatting the throw-away and consumer society, positive creativity is not possible.
Humanity needs to be shown a new way. But this new way cannot be ugly, which is what contemporary art has shown thus far, unfortunately. Contemporary art has thus far mainly shown what is negative; it was the mirror image of the negative consequences of our time, as it were. Art must not present merely the negative. Art must warn; that is its duty, but it must at the same time find a solution.
From: TAPE-RECORDED LETTER BY HUNDERTWASSER
TO THE STUDENTS OF THE MASTER SCHOOL AT THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN VIENNA, 1982
Nothing helps the truly positive to achieve a greater impact than the negative intention to hold it back.
From: ON THE DELAY MECHANISM, PROTECTIVE LAYERS, SUPERFICIAL ENEMIES AND THE PREJUDICE TRAP OR THE POSITIVE LONG-TERM EFFECT OF THE NEGATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE POSITIVE, 1983
I am also trying to consequently reconcile my painting and my life, my works and my activities.
From: LETTER TO J. J. ABERBACH, 1984
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