533 A THOUSAND WINDOWS
DIE TAUSEND FENSTER MILLE FENETRES
Venice, 1962
Mixed media: egg tempera and oil on wrapping paper, primed with chalk and PV; mounted on jute with PV
1950 mm x 1300 mm
Painted in Vienna, February 1962 - Venice, Giudecca, July 1962

Hundertwasser comment about the work:
The two pictures [556 and 533] belong together and form a huge wall of windows on which a house becomes a steamboat. The house and steamboat are one and have a thousand windows. I wrote a poem about this, "The Death of the Thousand Windows". In the house, on the roof, on the chimney and in the windows meadows grow organically, recognisable as the sections of tree trunks or like sedimentation. Befriended windows unite or divide for lack of understanding, or to propagate. The sidewalk becomes a sea. The house is aflow and constantly changing. The same way you cannot tell a cloud, a river, a person to stand still, not to move, to stay immobile like a photograph, the house must change in order to live, or else it is dead. (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 28)

Information:
This painting got an award at the Guggenheim International, New York, 1964
+ One-man exhibitions
  • Travelling exhibition 1968/69:
  • University Art Museum, Berkeley
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • The Arts Club of Chicago
  • The Galerie St. Etienne, New York
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
  • (*)
  • Aberbach Fine Art, New York, 1973
+ Group exhibitions
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1962
  • Salon de Mai, Paris, 1963
  • Galerie A. Ceres Franco, Paris, 1964
  • Guggenheim International, New York, 1964
+ Literature: Monographs
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser, Salzburg, 1974, pl. 80 (c), p. 317
  • I. Riedel, Guten Morgen, Stadt, Freiburg i. Br./Gelnhausen, 1974, no. 19 (colour slide)
  • P. Restany, Hundertwasser, New York, 1978, p. 95 (c)
  • Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, p. 31 (c)
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser - Der Maler, Munich, 1986, pl. 68 (c), p. 166
  • I. Riedel / G. Betz, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Kreative Architektur - Gleichnis der Schöpfung, Korntal, 1994, no. 8 (colour slide)
  • Hundertwasser Architektur, Cologne, 1996, p. 29 (c) and ed. 2006, p. 23 (c)
  • R. Schediwy, Hundertwassers Häuser, Vienna, 1999, cover (detail, c)
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2000, Vol. I, pp. 187, 189, 191 (c), 197
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 441/442 (and c)
  • Hundertwasser - Gebt den Menschen die Häuser zurück, Munich, 2003, p. 31 (c)
  • F. Hundertwasser / P. Restany, Hundertwasser, New York, 2008, p. 35 (c)
  • Regentag-Wassergläser für das Leben, Vienna, 2011, p. 86 (c, German and English edition)
+ Literature: Exhibition catalogues
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1962, no. 289 (c)
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, pp. 11 (c), 202
  • Galerie A Ceres, Paris, 1964 (b)
  • University Art Museum, Berkeley, 1968, p. 106 (c), cat. 55
  • Aberbach Fine Art, New York, 1973, p. 31 (c)
+ Literature: Various
  • ÖGB (ed.), Freizeit, Gewerkschaftskalender, Vienna, 1965, cover (c), p. 2 (b)
  • Kunstwerk, Die Hundertwasser Ausgabe der Brockhaus Enzyklopädie, 1989, p. 22 (c)
  • S. Wille, Träume sind große Taten, Vienna, 1993, cover (c), p. 5 (c)
  • Hundertwasser Bibel, Augsburg, 1995, p. 148 (c)
  • Bildbegegnungen 99, Frankfurt, 1998, cover and separate sheet (c) (21 x 14,5 cm)
  • Schulgottesdienst, Iserlohn, 1999, no. 3 (colour slide)
+ Literature: Magazines, Periodicals
  • L'Europeo, July 8, 1962, Milan (b)
  • Freizeit, Gewerkschaftskalender, Vienna, 1965, cover (c), p. 2 (b)
  • Der Druckspiegel, Sep. 1995, Heusenstamm, pl. V (c)
  • Wien Exclusiv Magazin, spring/summer, 2000, Vienna, cover (c)
+ Reproductions, art prints
  • Christmascard, Aberbach, New York, 1963
  • Unioncalendar, Freizeit, Vienna, 1965, coverpage and b p. 2
  • Art Print, Verkerke, Holland, 1972 (edition of 6000, 93 x 62 cm)
  • Printing program, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg, 1974
  • Calendar Hundertwasser 1979, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg (October)
  • Fineart-Calendar, Hundertwasser 1982, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing (May)
  • Postcard, Gruener Janura AG, Glarus, 1984
  • Postcard, Joram Harel Management, Vienna, 1987
  • Hundertwasser 1990, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg (October)
  • Hundertwasser Art Calendar 1995, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg (January)
  • Hundertwasser Agenda 1996, Borer & Wörner, Zug
  • Hundertwasser Diary 1997 and Hundertwasser Directory, Borer & Wörner, Zug 1996
  • Hundertwasser 1998 Art Calendar, Borer & Wörner, Zug (January)
  • Hundertwasser Diary 1998, Borer & Wörner, Zug
  • Postcard, Gruener Janura AG, Glarus, 2001 (repr. 2002)
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art 2004, Borer & Wörner, Zug
  • Hundertwasser Art Calendar 2008, Borer & Wörner, Zug
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art 2009, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Calendar, Hundertwasser Art 2010, teNeues, Kempen
  • Calendar, Hundertwasser Art 2012, Wörner, Rutesheim (small size)
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Notes, Wörner, Rutesheim, 2011
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art 2012, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser 2012 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)