TAP 1
133 PISSING BOY WITH SKY-SCRAPER
PISSENDER KNABE MIT WOLKENKRATZER GARCON QUI PISSE AVEC GRATTE-CIEL
 
Vienna, Obere Donaustraße, January - June 1952
Woven by: the artist on the loom of Fritz Riedl and Johanna Schidlo without cartoon or rough sketch, with the co-operation of Schiedlo-Riedl's students Sylvia Tommasoni, Herta Mutter and Bumbi Steiner. Woven in wool with 4 warp threads/cm.
2800 mm x 1400 mm
Collection: KunstHausWien, Vienna

Hundertwasser comment about the work:
The tapestry which I did in Vienna in 1952 would not exist if it was not for a bet. The two weavers Riedl and Schidlo insisted, a tapestry can only be woven after a cartoon the size of the tapestry itself. My opinion was that it could be done without and as I did not give in, they lent me a loom. I dragged it home myself, I believe it was on a push-cart, and the two weavers helped me to erect the loom and lent me coloured wool in many tints and then I started weaving. I was amazed to see how endless it got; it grew a few millimeters per day only. I always had to push the wool back into the warp with the comb-hammer and thus 5 cms became one or two millimeters. I slowly worked my tapestry upwards and it took me six months during which I worked from eight in the morning till eight at night with hands and feet - never in my life have I laboured so intensely and for so long a time. I began with the toes, they became a trouserleg and to the right of it appeared a house. As I wove I kept thinking what could fill the background and what I could conceive for higher-up. As I had started on with a trouser-leg, a body had to follow, arms, and a head; there were to be windows in the background, and if one makes windows, there must be a roof to top them off, and this is how I finished the tapestry and won my bet. It is interesting to weave like that, all alone, for months on end in the same room. To start on in winter, and winter turns to spring and to summer and the work progresses by millimeters only. I worked with all four extremities, with the right foot and the left, with the right and the left hand. I have photos from that period where I look like a monkey, working with all four hands. (from: Cat. Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1983, pp. 344 f.)

Information:
The tapestry was lent to Jean Dubuffet, Paris, in spring 1954
+ One-man exhibitions
  • Art-Club, Vienna, 1953
  • (*)
  • 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
  • (*)
  • 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
  • Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 1976
  • Musée Dynamique, Dakar, 1976
  • Seibu Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1977
  • Yokohama Citizen's Gallery, 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 de 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
  • Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 1979
  • Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon/Lake Zurich, 1980
  • Henie/Onstad Stiftelser Kunstsentret, Høvikodden,1980
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1980/81
  • Secession, Vienna, 1981
  • 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
  • (*)
  • Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, 1978/79
  • (*)
  • Travelling exhibition 1989:
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 1989
  • Iwaki City Art Museum, 1989
  • Ohara Museum of Art, 1989
  • (*)
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, 1991-1998
  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2004
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, since October 2007
  • Kunsthalle Bremen, 2012/13
+ Group Exhibitions
  • Art Club, Vienna, 1952
  • Kunstgewerbemuseum, Stuttgart, 1953
  • Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt, 1953
  • Staatliches Kunstmuseum, Baden-Baden, 1959
  • 20. Kunst- u. Antiquitätenmesse, Vienna, 1988
  • Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, 2003
+ Literature: Monographs
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser, Salzburg, 1974, pl. 21, p. 311
  • Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, p. 23 (c)
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser, Cologne, 1991, p. 105 (c) and ed. 1993, p. 89 (c)
  • Hundertwasser Architektur, Cologne, 1996, p. 23 (c) and ed. 2006, p. 19 (c)
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2000, Vol. I, pp. 12/13 (and c), 165
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 916-918 (and c)
  • G. Illetschko, Planet Hundertwasser, Munich, 2012, p. 34 (c)
+ Reproductions Art prints
  • Postcard, Vienna, 1952
  • Invitationcard, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, 1978 (c, poster)
  • Exhibition poster, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, 1978 (offset-print in 7 colours, 1200 x 510 mm)
  • Leaflet, Museum Exhibition Tour, Japan, 1989
  • Pullover in a limited edition of 999, Gianni Bugli, Milan 1993
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne