Friedensreich Hundertwasser – the one-of-a-kind artist, architect, and
social activist – would have turned
90-years-old this year, had he not died at sea in 2000 on a voyage aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2. To
celebrate the anniversary of his birth, the Museum of Millau and the Grands
Causses in Millau, France, has opened a retrospective featuring more than 50 of
his artworks, which will be on view through 3 November 2018.
Thanks to his outlandish
architectural vision that favored organic, biomorphic, plant-covered buildings
over straight-lined, Modernist ones, Hundertwasser is most often remembered
today for the many fantastical structures he designed. But he was also a prolific
fine artist, working in the mediums of graphic design, drawing, printing,
painting, and poster making.
His artworks convey his vision of an
ecologically balanced, harmonious, and happy world, in which humans work
together with nature. His vision is nothing if not aspirational. This
exhibition thus comes at the perfect time. Were we to adopt even a tenth of the
optimism this genius possessed, the world today could transform itself into a
much more equitable, and interesting looking, place.