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Architecture Wonderland

Imagination has no boundaries when it comes to Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Architecture. The Austrian artist turned a world of dust and mud into an enchanted artistic piece that became one of the world’s wonders today.

They say art imitates nature. In Vienna, the only house that goes in harmony with nature is Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s home. Later on, the house became a Museum that attracted many tourists around the world. The Museum was established in 1991 on the basis of the artist’s philosophy and artistic principles. Whoever visited the Museum had noticed the unparalleled pillars that prove his theory of freedom in individual structures.

Hundertwasser was against monotonous architecture so he called to boycott architecture with straight lines, and demanded instead creative freedom in buildings’ architecture, and the right to conceive individual’s own structures.

Inspired by the Vienna secession movement and surrealism, Hundertwasser developed his own theory of ‘‘transautornatism’’ that emphasizes more on the viewer’s experience rather than following the rules of conventional art. He also believed in the fluidity of line and shape.

His paintings are known for their vibrant colors. Friedensreich prefers intensive and radiant shades and also loves to place complementary colors together. Among his favorite tricks is using gold with silver where he pastes them onto the picture in a thin foil. He also used oil, tempera and watercolor techniques in one picture to achieve a contrasting effect between matte and radiant parts of the picture.

As an Architect, he took on the responsibility of transforming ugly, monotonous and sterile buildings into artistic pieces. Now, any interest in taking a tour inside the Museum?