124 SINGENDER VOGEL AUF EINEM BAUM IN DER STADT
SINGING BIRD ON A TREE IN THE CITY OISEAU CHANTANT SUR UN ARBRE EN VILLE
 
Aflenz, 1951
Watercolour on wrapping paper, primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue
650 mm x 450 mm
Painted in Aflenz, Bürgeralm, August 1951 in the company of his mother

Hundertwasser comment about the work:
A city with high buildings. The buildings on grass and the large tree in the city are as big as the skycrapers. The bird is in the centre. This shows precisely my ecological tendency to bring green to the city. And right in the foreground, at that: the tree is more important than the architecture. Just as President Senghor said, "If somebody builds a house, the tree standing next to it should be higher than the house." (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 14) Léopold Sédar Senghor, President of Senegal, said to me, "A house may not be higher than the tree standing next to it. . ." (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, p. 216)
+ One-man exhibitions
  • Art-Club, Vienna, 1952
  • Galerie Delta, Basel, 1960
  • Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, 1961
  • Galleria La Medusa, Rome, 1962
  • Travelling exhibition 1964/65:
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964
  • Kunsthalle Bern, 1964
  • Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, 1964
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1964
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1965
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1965
  • Travelling exhibition 1968/69:
  • University Art Museum Berkeley, 1968
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1968/69
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1969
  • The Arts Club of Chicago, 1969
  • The Galerie St. Etienne New York, 1969
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, 1969
  • (*)
  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998
+ Group exhibitions
  • Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 1951
  • Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 1952
  • 2. Festival Internazionale, Parma, 1954
  • Montevideo, 1957
+ Literature: Monographs
  • P. Restany, Hundertwasser, New York, 1978, p. 49 (c)
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser - Der Maler, Munich, 1986, pl. 28 (c), p. 164
  • Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, p. 20 (c)
  • R. Koyanagi (ed.), Mujinkan 1 - Hundertwasser, Tokyo, 1988, pp. 16 (c), 70
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser, Cologne, 1991, p. 34 (c) and ed. 1993, p. 28 (c)
  • Contemporary Great Masters: Hundertwasser, Tokyo, 1993, pl. 3 (c), p. 113
  • Hundertwasser Architektur, Cologne, 1996 and ed. 2006, p. 14 (c)
  • Hundertwasser - Das Paradies liegt um die Ecke, Munich, 2002, p. 15 (c)
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 216/217 (and c)
  • F. Hundertwasser / P. Restany, Hundertwasser, New York, 2008, p. 13 (c)
+ Literature: Exhibition catalogues
  • Leaflet: Art Club, Vienna, 1952, cat. 30
  • Leaflet: Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo 1961 (c, detail)
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, pp. 74 (c), 109
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1964, cat. 9
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1965, cat. 14, p. 15 (c)
  • University Art Museum, Berkeley, 1968, p. 33 (c), cat. 10
  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998, p. 29 (c)
  • HW-Die Kunst des grünen Weges, KunstHausWien, Vienna, 2011, pp. 154 (c), 213
+ Literature: Various
  • Wolf-Handbuch, Bilder erleben, Regensburg, 1989, p. 60 (b)
  • Wolf-Lehrtransparente, Bilder erleben, Regensburg, 1989 (c)
  • S. Wille, Träume sind große Taten, Vienna, 1993, p. 71 (c)
  • F. Burkhardt / Peter Krahulec (ed.), Ethik 5/6, Berlin, 1995, p. 106 (poster version) (c)
  • Hundertwasser Bibel, Augsburg, 1995, AT, p. 884 (c)
  • J. Reinelt, Fest des Geistes, Leipzig, 1999, p. 16 (c)
  • H. Freudenberg / A. Pfeifer (ed.), Biblische Symbole erschließen, Göttingen, 2000, (suppl. FM 5, c)
  • Das Auer Lesebuch 3, Donauwörth, 2002, p. 34 (c)
  • R. Bamming / M. Trendelkamp, Treffpunkt RU 5/6, Munich, 2003, ed. 2006, ed. 2009, ed. 2010 and ed. 2012 p. 139 (c)
  • J. Reinelt, Fest des Geistes, Leipzig, 2004, p. 16 (c)
  • S. Buck (ed.), Bausteine, Braunschweig, 2004, p.118 (c)
  • H. Bartnitzky, H. Bunk (ed.), Kunterbunt, Lesebuch 4, Leipzig, 2004, p. 110 (c)
  • H. Stasiak, M. Blaszkowska, A. Herling, M. Stanek-Kozlowska, Abenteuer Deutsch, Warschau, 2005, p. 144 (c)
+ Literature: Magazines/periodicals
  • Pictures and Prints, no. 99, 3/1966, London, p. 17
+ Reproductions art prints
  • Coloured collotype print, Max Jaffé, Vienna, 1966 (repr.)
  • Welzkalender 1979, Hundertwasser in F (March, b)
  • Art Calendar, Hundertwasser 1983, by Druckerei Wörner (May, 52 x 36 cm)
  • Poster, Children and the environment, donated by Hundertwasser, Nairobi (59 x 42 cm)
  • Art Print, Museums Betriebs Gesellschaft mbH, Vienna, 1996
  • Fine Art Print, Museums Betriebs Gesellschaft, Vienna, 1997
  • Coloured collotype print, Museums Betriebs Gesellschaft mbH, Vienna, 1997
  • Postcard, Museums Betriebs Gesellschaft mbH, Vienna, 1997
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art 2010, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Calendar, Hundertwasser Art 2012, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Notes, Wörner, Rutesheim, 2011
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art 2012, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser 2012 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)