Vienna: KunstHausWien Museum, c.1991. Fine. Item #13317
A Beautiful 3D Fine Art Print from the KunstHausWien Museum in Vienna, Austria.
The poster, as with the museum, follows the modern abstract expressionist design of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Austrian architect, visual artist and ardent environmentalist.
At first glance, the poster appears to be two halves, each a mirror of the other. But in typical Hundertwasser style, not everything is at it seems. Each side is completely different, with the lower half featuring a raised portion of the building in 3D style. The poster also features windows of silver foil imprint, which reflect nicely in the light.
The KunstHausWien was designed by
Hundertwasser and houses the world's only permanent exhibition of his works.
The museum was created through the renovation of the 1892 building which housed the Thonet furniture factory (creator of the iconic bistro chair), in a style commensurate with Hundertwasser's art.
It stands less than half a mile from the Hundertwasserhaus, a municipally owned apartment block also designed by Hundertwasser and completed in 1986. The renovation was planned by Hundertwasser himself and carried out from 1989-91. The museum opened in April 1991.
The entire building is designed in typical Hundertwasser style, with wavy, undulating floors and a notable lack of straight lines. Bright, glaring colors are used throughout, and foliage abounds. There is a fountain in the foyer, and a restaurant with abundant plant life reminiscent of a winter garden. An unevenly winding staircase leads to the main part of the exhibition on the upper floors. To keep the rooms flooded with daylight, Hundertwasser, who was said to be fond of sunlight and therefore windows too, had a glass frontage built in front of the facade.
The museum was built in a traditional manner, but decorated with enamelled, checkerboard mosaics on the facade and adjacent sections. In contrast to Antonio Gaudí, Hundertwasser used symmetrical mosaic stones, carefully arranged. The size of each stone is likewise not accidental, which is rare for building-mounted mosaics that are not industrially manufactured. The mosaics cover only certain (non-load-bearing) parts of the surface, and contribute to the trademark features of the building: the incorporation of nearly every part of the facade into an overall picture, and the very deliberate concealment of the boundaries between floors.
Framed in a gallery frame of 1 1/2 depth, this piece measures 16 3/4" X 23 3/4"