177 LES 39 TETES
39 HEADS DIE 39 KÖPFE
St. Mandé/Seine, 1953
Oil on canvas, primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue
540 mm x 960 mm
Painted in St. Mandé/Seine, Castel Dumage, December 1953, in the company of Wochinz

Hundertwasser comment about the work:
I tried out a new kind of perspective and asigned people to various storeys. To me the construction and walls are not the most important things, but the windows behind which people live. The building constists of windows, it is composed to them. If the windows are right, the building is right. When you build a house, you must start with the windows, for they are the bridge between inside and outside. Just as the first skin is penetrated by pores, the third is by windows. The eyes are the equivalent of windows. Eyes and windows have a unique correlation. (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 16)

Information:
This painting went into the possession of Galerie Paul Facchetti in February, 1954, for the exhibit expenses, together with the paintings 169 and 170.
+ One-man exhibitions
  • Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris, 1954
  • 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
  • (*)
  • Kunsthalle Bremen, 2012/13
  • Fine Art Galerie, Vienna, since May 2013
+ Group exhibitions
  • Staatliches Kunstmuseum, Baden-Baden, 1959
  • Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 1963
  • Art & Antique, Hofburg, Vienna, 2013
+ Literature: Monographs
  • I. Riedel, Guten Morgen, Stadt, Freiburg i. Br./Gelnhausen, 1974, no. 3 (colour slide)
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser, Salzburg, 1974, pl. 40 (c), p. 313
  • Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, p. 24 (c)
  • Hundertwasser Architektur, Cologne, 1996, p. 16 (c)
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2000, Vol. I, pp. 176, 181 (c)
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, p. 259 (c)
+ Literature: Exhibition catalogues
  • Leaflet: Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris, 1954 (c, detail)
  • Staatliches Kunstmuseum, Baden-Baden, 1959 (b)
  • XXXI. Biennale di Venezia, Austria, 1962, cat. 6
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, pp. 124, 154 (c)
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1964, cat. 26
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1965, cat. 35, p. 21 (c)
  • University Art Museum, Berkeley, 1968, p. 59 (c), cat. 25
+ Literature: Various
  • Booklet with lecture on work 837 by Minako Tsunoda, Curator, Nagoya City Art Museum, 2000, p. 24 (b)
  • FINE ART Kunsthandel GmbH (ed.), Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Meisterwerke, Vienna, 2013, pp. 7-9 (and c)
+ Literature: Magazines, Periodicals
  • Bijutsu Techo, no. 10, Oct. 1954, Tokyo (b)
  • Mizue, no. 674, June 1961, Tokyo, p. 22 (b)
  • Hagener Rundschau, July 8, 1964 (b)
  • ArchideA, no. XVIII, Krommenie, 1998, p. 5 (detail, c)
  • Nagoya City Art Museum Bulletin, no. 9, Nagoya, 2000 (and offprint), p. 24 (b)
+ Reproductions, art prints
  • Postcard, Paris, 1954 (b)
  • Postcard, Edizioni del Cavallino, Venice, 1968
  • Postcard, Galerie Paul Facchetti, Paris, 1974
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne