Friedensreich Hundertwasser

The KunstHausWien is fully aware of its role in the heart of Europe, and in an effort similar to that of the Vienna Secession some 100 years ago, strives for a renewal of relationship in harmony with the creativity of nature and man.
Art must meet its purpose.
Art must show its colours.
Does art support or fight creation?
Is art for or against man?
Art must meet man's and nature's pace.
Art must respect nature and the laws of nature.
Art must respect man and man's inspiration for true and durable values.
Art must again be a bridge between the creativity of nature and the creativity of man.
Art must regain its universal function for all and not be just a fashionable business for insiders.
The KunstHausWien is a bastion against the dictatorship of the straight line, the ruler and T-square, a bridgehead against the grid system and the chaos of the absurd.
The KunstHausWien stands up for an art and an architecture in harmony with creation that mankind has been waiting and longing for.
Art must free itself from the ties of guided intellectual tutorship.
Art should not suffer speculation and cultural industrialization.
Art should not endure dogmatic enslavement through negative theories.
Europe's and the world's liberation from oppressive dictatorships has to be followed by a liberation of creation in all its aspects from a worldwide oppression by a political cultural dictatorship still in power.
In quest for a new orientation in the light of the rising awareness of a changed relationship between man and nature we are convinced of the mission of art at the threshold into the new millennium.
Art must have a purpose.
Art must create lasting values.
The courage to strive for beauty in harmony with nature.
The task of KunstHausWien is to achieve these goals.


Written in the sense of a charter for the KunstHausWien, 1990. Signed as a certificate by the founding members of the KunstHausWien, Hundertwasser, Walter Flöttl and Helmut Zilk. The certificate was walled into a pillar stump in the KunstHausWien.

Published in:

Hundertwasser - KunstHausWien, Cologne: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1999, p. 8

Hirsch, Andreas (ed.): Hundertwasser - The Art of the Green Path, exhibition catalogue KunstHausWien. Munich: Prestel Verlag 2011, p. 180 (excerpt)