Hundertwasser's comment on the work

As all fates are different, like the leaves of a single tree, the books were varied as widely as possible. The result: each book design for each day of the month is unique. - By using twelve title pictures, each of which was cut into four parts and rearranged differently, resulting in 73,728 variations of the total of three hundred sixtysix pictures selected. Of the resulting 6,144 combinations per month, thirty or thirty-one variations per month, as the case may be, were selected. Thus, every title picture is unique in regard to its variation and combination. - Each month is designated by a metallic-foil colour of its own. - For the cloth binding of this edition twelve different colour combinations were chosen. Bamberger Kaliko then wove the material according to these specifications. - The colour combinations selected for the twelve months were in turn woven in thirty or thirty-one different colour variations, with the weaving of the cloth strips constantly changing. This also makes the binding for each day unique. - The specially designed life line and its execution by means of defraction stamping connects all three hundred sixty-six day-book spines with individual elements of their own. In addition, the name of each day and month was painted, resulting in an original Hundertwasser composite picture. - During the painting spelling mistakes were made on occasion which must be looked for, like in a picture puzzle, e.g.: Septebmer, December, Febrar, Dezember, Jännner, which were intentionally left uncorrected. For the back cover of the binding an embossed pictogram was designed. - The flyleaves were designed as follows: each flyleaf contains a Hundertwasser drawing of a quarter of a woman and man - head/trunk/legs/feet - which can be arranged at will by placing several books side by side. For example, the head and feet of the woman and man can be put together. - The headbands were given mixed colours in arbitrary fashion throughout the print run.Kaurinui, February 1997(from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, p. 1109)

APA 345

DIE PERSÖNLICHE CHRONIK (chronicle of Our Century in 366 volumes)
Each volume 17.5 x 11 cm, 142 pages
12 monthly title images in 30 or 31 variations, respectively
Life line across 366 book spines
Calligraphy for the day and the name of the month
Design for the woven linen cover
Design for the endpaper
Pictogram for the back cover
Cloth bound with embossed diffraction patterning, two-colour inner section

Chronik Verlag im Bertelsmann Lexikon-Verlag, Gütersloh/Munich<lb/>First day of sale: August 9, 1997
Produced and printed in Germany

Total edition: 2,000,000

12 works were selected for the book covers. 4 details were chosen from each work and used in different combinations for each book, resulting in 366 unique combinations.One variation of each of these 12 motifs was used exclusively for the Bertelsmann Club for the following merchandising products:Watch with 12 dial versions12 T-shirts, each with 1 monthly motifLong shawl with 8 monthly motifs on black silk (150 x 30 cm)Printed silk scarf with motif 936D (53 x 53 cm)Poster with 12 monthly motifs (33 x 41 cm)Poster with 12 monthly motifs (68 x 76 cm)

mehr weniger
  • Minoritenkloster, Tulln, 2004
  • Szépmüvészeti Museum, Budapest, 2007/08
  • Alcazar Bibliothèque, Marseille, 2012
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 1108-1111 (and c)
  • Minoritenkloster, Tulln, 2004, p. 104-105 (c)
  • A Magical Eccentric, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 2007, p. 180
  • Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, 2012, pp. 198/199 (and c)
  • Minoritenkloster, Tulln, 2004, p. 104-105 (c)
  • Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, 2012, pp. 198/199 (and c)
  • Minoritenkloster, Tulln, 2004, p. 104-105 (c)
  • Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, 2012, pp. 198/199 (and c)
  • Minoritenkloster, Tulln, 2004, p. 104-105 (c)
  • Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, 2012, pp. 198/199 (and c)
  • Persönliche Chronik, Bertelsmann Club, Rheda-Wiedenbrück, 1997
  • C. Willers-Vellguth, Alles hat seine Zeit, Freiburg, 2018, p. 120 (text)