Egon Schiele portrayed by Hundertwasser.
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Hundertwasser meets Schiele

"The straight line leads to the downfall of humanity. The spiral is the symbol of life and of death," said Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), who passed away 20 years ago. Inspired by the style of the Vienna Secession, his art is noted for its organic shapes and fabulous colors. The native of Vienna began his career in 1948 as an outsider of the scene. Twenty years old at the time, he stuck it out at the Academy of Fine Arts for just three months. He much preferred to focus on studying the art of Vienna Modernism on his own. In particular, Egon Schiele (1890-1918) became one of his central figures of reference in the years that followed. Up until the end of his life, Hundertwasser surrounded himself in his homes and studios in Venice and New Zealand with reproductions and paintings of the fellow artist he so greatly admired.

With around 170 exhibits, the comprehensive, dialog-styled show "Hundertwasser - Schiele. Imagine Tomorrow" at the Leopold Museum reconstructs the artistic and spiritual relationship of the two masters, who were never able to get to know each other in person and yet are connected by so much.

Spiritual patron

Hundertwasser's poetic text "I love Schiele" from 1951 makes the intensity of his quotation apparent: "I often dream like Schiele, my father, about flowers that are red, and birds and flying fish and gardens in velvet and emerald green and human beings who walk, weeping, in red-yellow and ocean-blue."

Eco-pioneer

However, Hundertwasser was not only an artist but also an ecological visionary: His call for green façades and more natural spaces in the city is increasingly being taken into account. In 1976/77, he sailed in climate-friendly fashion from Venice to New Zealand on board his ship "Regentag", which was his home for 10 years. And he developed an environmentally friendly filtration system for toilets. The Hundertwasser House in Vienna and the nearby Kunst Haus Wien engage in depth with the work of Hundertwasser.

Hundertwasser - Schiele. Imagine Tomorrow

February 21, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Please note: Due to the current situation, opening hours of the individual institutions may have changed. Please inform yourself before your visit to the museums.

Leopold Museum

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 89 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main entrance, access to all exhibition rooms and restaurant/café: no steps.

      4 parking spaces for visitors with disabilities in the MuseumsQuartier area.

      6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).

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Hundertwasser House

Kegelgasse 37-39, 1030 Wien
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Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13 , 1030 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 30% off (bis zu 30%) / 3,30/3,60€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Elevator available
      • 250 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 200 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main entrance and access to the restaurant / café: no steps, , floors are uneven, elevator.

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