The Second Skin
Postage stamp design V for UN, Vienna, Vereinte Nationen, Menschenrechte 1948-83, öS 5
Kaurinui, 1983
Watercolour on white primed paper
320 mm x 250 mm
Painted in Kaurinui, March 16, 1983
Collection: KunstHausWien, Vienna

Hundertwasser comment about the work:
THE SECOND SKIN A free man wears free clothes. If the second skin of man, his clothes, is uniformed, made by soulless machines or dictated by fashion, it will be like a false skin, like a foreign body. It will not fit the individual and man will get sick, just as if something was wrong with his first, his real skin. It is a long-term and wicked sickness of our civilisation which manifests itself in a general bad feeling of each individual, a summing up to a damage to self-respect and enslavement of the soul with all the disastrous consequences to our society. Therefore, the right to each man to his individual looks and outsides and his right to create and wear individual clothes must not be violated.
+ One-man exhibitions
  • Travelling exhibition 1989:
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 1989
  • Iwaki City Art Museum, 1989
  • Ohara Museum of Art, 1989
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  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, since April 1991
  • Borek Ladengeschäft am Dom, Braunschweig, 1996
  • Philatelia T'card '97, Cologne, 1997
  • Marke + Münze, Graz, 2001
  • Egon Schiele Museum, Tulln, 2004
  • Szépmüvészeti Museum, Budapest, 2007/08
  • Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar, 2008
+ Literature: Monographs
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser, Cologne 1991, p. 232 (c) and ed. 1993, p. 194 (c)
  • Hundertwasser - Was braucht der Mensch um glücklich zu sein?, Munich, 2002, p. 27 (c)
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 647/648 (and c)
+ Literature: Exhibition catalogues
  • Travelling exhibition 1989: Japan, cat. 64 (b)
  • Minoritenkloster, Tulln, 2004, p. 137 (c)
  • A Magical Eccentric, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 2007, p. 176
+ Literature: Various
  • Cultures 36, Dialogue between the peoples of the world, Unesco, Paris, 1985, p. 23 (b)
+ Literature: Magazines, Periodicals
  • Wiener, KunstHausWien Extra, n.d., Klosterneuburg, p. 15 (c)