My apologies for this post, since this art was not really public. The exhibition was available in exchange for a small fee, and it was not visible from the street. Still, the vibrancy hopefully makes up for it.
Here, let me show you. This is a card that I bought at this exhibition. I took these photos two days ago in our yard especially for this post.
Only now I turned it around and read the title: “Irinaland over the Balkans”, 1969. I wasn’t even born yet.
When my friend – our host during this 2019 day trip to the Pannonian, flat, NE part of Slovenia – had asked me what I’d like to see, my first wish was: Hundertwasser.
I suppose the late Austrian visual artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is a divider of public opinion. Some love him, others hate him, and for me he is everything that is good in art. He’s got colours, shapes, message, vision, dreamlike quirkiness, and he officially changed his name from Stowasser upon learning that “sto” in several Slavic languages, including Slovenian, means “hundred”. So he became “one hundred waters”. How cool is that?
I learned of him during a particular period in the life of my family when father was away on business, that is during the six years or so when he was living in Vienna as the national TV correspondent. I visited him often and we always had much fun. The Hundertwasserhaus was a beloved spot, and the artist’s manifest on the uneven floor about how flat floor fits engines, not human beings, was easily recognisable as truth.
So when I learned that the Lendava Castle hosted a temporary exhibition of his and Shoichi Hasegawa’s works entitled “East and West”, I knew I wished to see it. And so I did, immediately after the welder artist Robert Jurak’s lean cows and awesome fish in front of the castle from my last week’s post.
Let’s enter the castle and have a look. Next week we will remain inside for the permanent collection of historic artefacts. I didn’t wish to cram it all in one post. Or Sandy would never finish it. Ha.
For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write
This day in my blogging history
2016: Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. ~Jack Kerouac
A drawing of a tree shows, not a tree, but a tree-being-looked-at.