151 BLUTENDE HÄUSER
BLEEDING HOUSES MAISONS SAIGNANTES CASE INSANGUINATE
 
Vienna, 1952
Mixed media: egg tempera on fibreboard, primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue
1040 mm x 600 mm
Vienna, Obere Donaustrasse, December 1952
Collection: Private collection, Vienna

Hundertwasser comment about the work:
15 years later I used this picture as a model for the silkscreen print "Good Morning City - Bleeding Town". (from: Cat. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1980, p. 172) Here I painted a skycraper to prove that even skycrapers, when they are individual and full of life, can definitely make it. The windows are filled with various elixirs. The glitter and "bleed" in the complementary colours red-green and blue-orange. The house organism is alive, it is joyous and suffers. Its skin, the outer walls, bleeds like human skin. (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 24) When you juxtapose complementary colours (red-green, blue-orange, violet-yellow), they start to shimmer and bleed. I often sit for a long time in front of one of my pictures at twilight and watch the blue slowly get lighter and lighter, the yellow and red slowly darker, so that the whole picture turns into its opposite. It is like watching a sunset and witnessing how day becomes night. When blue becomes white and red black, I turn on the light, thus turning the colours back around again. I play this shimmer game often, which only works, however, when the colours are pure and primary and are painted on limited surfaces, but not with mixed colours and laser technique, colour shadings and contourless wiping techniques commonly used with oils and watercolours. (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, pp. 237-238)
+ One-man exhibitions
  • Art-Club, Vienna, 1953
  • Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, 1955
  • Galerie Raymond Cordier, Paris, 1960
  • 31st Venice Biennial, 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 DC, 1969
  • (*)
  • Haus der Kunst, Munich, 1975
  • (*)
  • World Travelling Museum Exhibition:
  • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1975
  • Musée de l'Etat, Luxembourg, 1975
  • Musée Cantini, Marseille, 1975
  • A.S.U. Hall, Cairo, 1975
  • The Tel Aviv Museum, 1976
  • Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, 1976
  • National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, 1976
  • Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 1976
  • Musée Dynamique, Dakar, 1976
  • Seibu Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1977
  • Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1977
  • South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1977
  • Pretoria Art Museum, 1977
  • Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, 1977
  • Museu de Arte, São Paulo, 1977
  • Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1977
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 1978
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, 1978
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1978
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1978
  • Mücsarnok, Budapest, 1978
  • Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 1979
  • Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon/Lake Zurich, 1979
  • Palazzo Barberini, Rome, 1980
  • Palazzo Reale, Milan, 1980
  • Henie/Onstad Stiftelser Kunstsentret, Høvikodden,1980
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1980/81
  • Secession, Vienna, 1981
  • Neue Kulturhaus, Graz, 1981
  • Neue Berliner Galerie, East Berlin, 1981
  • Helsingin kaupungin taidemuseo, Helsinki, 1981
  • Sala Dalles, Bucharest, 1981/82
  • Schipka Gallery, Sofia, 1982
  • Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1983
  • City Art Gallery, York, 1983
  • City Art Centre, Edinburgh, 1983
  • Dum Umení, Brno, 1986
  • Národní Galerie, Prague, 1986/87
  • Galerie Umenì, Karlovy Vary, 1987
  • Slovenska Narodna Galeria, Bratislava, 1987
  • Rupertinum, Salzburg, 1987
  • (*)
  • Stichting Veranneman, Kruishoutem, 1987
  • Schloßhofgalerie, Lindau, 1984
  • (*)
  • Travelling exhibition 1989:
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 1989
  • Iwaki City Art Museum, 1989
  • Ohara Museum of Art, 1989
  • (*)
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, April 1991 - April 2004
  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2004
  • (*)
  • Travelling Exhibition 2005/06:
  • Deutsches Architektur Museum, 2005/06
  • Schloss Gottorf, 2006
  • Kunstforum Schwäbisch Hall, 2006
  • Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, 2006
  • (*)
  • Szépmüvészeti Museum, Budapest, 2007/08
  • Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, 2010/11
  • Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, 2012
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, since October 2012
  • ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Denmark, 2014
+ Group exhibitions
  • Künstlerhaus, Salzburg, 1953
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1981
  • Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, 2003
  • Unteres Belvedere, Vienna, 2008
+ Literature: Monographs
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser, Salzburg, 1974, pl. 22 (c), p. 311
  • Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, p. 28 (c)
  • W. Koschatzky, Hundertwasser, Das vollständige druckgraphische Werk 1951-1986, Zürich/Schwäbisch Hall, 1986, p. 230 (c)
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser - Der Maler, Munich, 1986, pl. 31 (c), p. 164
  • R. Koyanagi (ed.), Mujinkan 1 - Hundertwasser, Tokyo, 1988, pp. 19 (c), 70
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser, Cologne, 1991, p. 42 (c) and ed. 1993, p. 34 (c)
  • Y. Shirakura (ed.), Shinchosha's Super Artists: Hundertwasser, Japan, 1991, pl. 9 (c), p. 78
  • Contemporary Great Masters: Hundertwasser, Tokyo, 1993, pl. 9 (c), p. 113
  • Hundertwasser Architektur, Cologne, 1996, p. 24 (c) and ed. 2006, p. 20 (c)
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2000, Vol. I, pp. 27 (c), 165
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 237-239 (and c)
  • G. Illetschko, Planet Hundertwasser, Munich, 2012, p. 52 (c)
+ Literature: Exhibition catalogues
  • Galerie des Arts, Paris, 1962 (b)
  • XXXI. Biennale di Venezia, Austria, 1962, cat. 2
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, p. 117
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1964, cat. 15
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1965, cat. 23
  • University Art Museum, Berkeley, 1968, p. 52 (c), cat. 18
  • Haus der Kunst, Munich, 1975, p. 161 (c)
  • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1975, p. 263 (c)
  • Musée de l'Etat, Luxembourg, 1975, p. 165 (c)
  • Musée Cantini, Marseille, 1975, p. 165 (c)
  • A.S.U. Hall, Cairo, 1975, p. 165 (c)
  • The Tel Aviv Museum, 1976, p. 155 (c)
  • Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, 1976, p. 161 (c)
  • National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, 1976, p. 145 (c)
  • Supplementary edition Reykjavik, 1976, p. 33
  • Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 1976, p. 263 (c)
  • Supplementary edition no. 2, Copenhagen, 1976, p. 17
  • Musée Dynamique, Dakar, 1976, p. 263 (c)
  • Seibu Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1977, p. 155 (c)
  • South African National Gallery, Cape Town / Pretoria Art Museum, 1977, p. 155 (c)
  • Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro / Museu de Arte, Sao Paulo / Palácio Itamaraty, Brasilia, 1977, p. 155 (c)
  • Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1977, p. 155 (c)
  • Supplementary edition Caracas, 1977, cat. Tecnica mixta 1
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 1978, p. 155 (c)
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, 1978, p. 263 (c)
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1978, p. 155 (c)
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1978, p. 263 (c)
  • Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 1979, cat. 124, p. 26 (b)
  • Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon/Lake Zurich, 1979, p. 161 (c)
  • Palazzo Barberini, Rome, 1980, p. 155 (c)
  • Sonja Henies og Niels Onstads Stiftelser Kunstsentret, Høvikodden, 1980, p. 155 (c)
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1980, p. 173 (c)
  • Secession, Vienna, 1981, p. 173 (c)
  • Kulturhaus, Graz, 1981, p. 173 (c)
  • Neue Berliner Galerie, East Berlin, 1981, p. 28 (and c)
  • Helsingin kaupungin taidemuseo, Helsinki, 1981, p. 155 (c)
  • Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1983, p. 155 (c)
  • World Travelling Museum Exhibition 1986/87: Czechoslovakia (c)
  • O. Breicha (ed.), Der Art-Club in Österreich, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1981, p. 102 (c)
  • Travelling exhibition 1989: Japan, cat. 17 (c)
  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998, p. 35 (c)
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, 1999, p. 50 (c)
  • Mythos Art Club, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, 2003, p. 87 (c)
  • Travelling exhibition DAM, 2005/06, p. 40 (c)
  • A. Husslein-Arco, Phantastischer Realismus, Vienna, 2008, p. 119 (c)
  • A Magical Eccentric, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 2007, pp. 71 (c), 175
  • Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, 2010/11, pp. 74-75 (and c), 226
  • Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, 2012, p. 69 (c)
  • Hundertwasser, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, 2014, p. 45 (c)
+ Literature: Various
  • W. Schmied, Wegbereiter zur modernen Kunst, 50 Jahre Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1966, cover (detail, c)
  • Scope RTL 87, Luxembourg, 1987, p. 108 (c)
  • W. Koschatzky (ed.), Druckgraphik Heute, Offenbach am Main, 1990, p. 183 (c)
  • M. Kawakita (ed.), Art I, Approved textbook by the Ministry of Education, Tokyo, 1992, cover and back cover (c)
  • Bundespressedienst (ed.), Bildende Kunst in Österreich (German, English, French and Spanish versions), Vienna, 1996, p. 33 (c)
  • M. Mitchell (ed.), The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy: 1890-2000, Cambs, 2003, cover (c)
+ Literature: Magazines/periodicals
  • Weltpresse, Jan. 20, 1953, Vienna (b)
  • neue generation, no. 3, May 1957, Vienna, cover (b, with yellow overprints)
  • Le Arti, July 1962, Milan, p. 9 (c)
  • Galerie des Arts, Nov. 1962, Paris (b)
  • Le Diccionaire, April 1964, Paris (b)
  • Austria Today, no. 2, Vienna, 1975, p. 58 (c)
  • Connaissance des arts, no. 275, Jan. 1975, Paris, p. 70 (c)
  • Mizue, no. 863, Feb. 1977, Tokyo, p. 61 (b)
  • Art, no. 11, Nov. 1983, Hamburg, p. 27 (c)
  • Drive, Sept. 1992, Beesd, p. 21 (c)
  • Atrium, no. 4, Dec. 1995, Budapest, p. 7 (c)
  • Parnass, no. 18, Vienna, 2001, p. 89 (c)
+ Reproductions art prints
  • Postcard, Vienna, 1952 (b)
  • Fackelträger Kalender, 1966 (September)
  • Art Print, Verkerke, Holland, no. 4754, 1972 (53,5 x 93 cm)
  • Fine Art Print, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg, 1976
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)
  • Calendar, Hundertwasser Art 2010, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art 2010, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser 2012 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)