NETTLE-CAMPAIGN

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

I have to make a very important announcement •

I have to make a very important announcement •

One can live happily without money •

One can live happily without money •

Be independent and self-sustaining •

Be independent and self-sustaining •

Don’t get exploited •

Don’t get exploited •

Painters coming to Paris to work creatively are threatened by many dangers •

Painters coming to Paris to work creatively are threatened by many dangers •

They are being subjugated •

They are being subjugated •

When they don’t have money, they have to prostitute themselves •

When they don’t have money, they have to prostitute themselves •

If they are women, they have to sleep with the dealers and critics •

If they are women, they have to sleep with the dealers and critics •

If they are young painters, they depend on being fostered by homosexuals •

If they are young painters, they depend on being fostered by homosexuals •

Or they must earn the money as unskilled workers •

Or they must earn the money as unskilled workers •

In order to get an exhibition, they have to sell themselves •

In order to get an exhibition, they have to sell themselves •

Some have to work on something else than painting, others have to depend on women,

or they have to make love to homosexual collectors, dealers, and critics •

Some have to work on something else than painting, others have to depend

on women, or they have to make love to homosexual collectors, dealers,

and critics •

Do you know, how simple it is to live without money?

Do you know, how simple it is to live without money?

All you have to do is eat stinging nettles •

All you have to do is eat stinging nettles •

One live off spinach prepared from stinging nettles •

One can live off spinach prepared from stinging nettles •

Stinging nettles grow everywhere •

Stinging nettles grow everywhere •

They are entirely free, free of any costs •

They cost nothing at all, they are entirely free •

These stinging nettles I found behind the Musée des colonies in St. Mandé •

These stinging nettles I found behind the Musée des colonies in St. Mandé •

They grow everywhere on the terrain vague •

They grow everywhere on the terrain vague •

Eat them!

Eat them!

 

Paris 1959. Manifesto, lectured in January 1960 at the Galerie Quatre Saisons on occasion of Alain Jouffroy's Anti-Proces. The original text is lost and was recontructed for the Paris exhibition catalogue of 1975. Published i.a. in: Catalogue of the world travelling museum exhibition, Paris, 1975, exhibition catalogue, Cologne 1980.