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PPAC: Prekmurje 2. – Hundertwasser and Hasegawa

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


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

30 thoughts on “PPAC: Prekmurje 2. – Hundertwasser and Hasegawa

  1. Manja. what a lovely show. The vase or bowl is particularly lovely and I love how the floor reflects the artwork. I had to laugh at your 1969 comment. I graduated from high school (very young, LOL) in 1969, so that is a special year for me. Vince’s son celebrates his 52nd BD in a few days. In those days Mom would have had a fit if he had been mine! LOL

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  2. I have him in my apartment as well.

    He’s really sth. I remember how surprised I was when I learned about the whole ‘sto’ story. Yeah, how cool.
    How can you not love him?

    Btw, a big chunk of Vienna bears his signature. Have you seen it?

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    1. Yesss, I’m glad and not surprised at all that you love him too, Bojana. What exactly do you mean if I have seen? Something special? I’ve seen his house, but only from the outside, and his museum, and one factory from the outside, and one highway rest stop. Did you see above in my post that father worked in Vienna for six years? We visited him often. Those were the days. Thank you!

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  3. I love this post. I also love Hundertwasser and have seen some of his gems up close in Vienna, but I can’t for the life of me, remember which museum it was. It was an emormous grand one and I wish I could remember the name. It had snowed right up to my knees so I was more concerned with trying not to be cold and trying to find an easy walk there and back! I love the greens too. Now you make me want to read about him. I daresay you know much more about him than I do and would be happy to see more posts like this ❤

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  4. Thank you for the discovery of Hundertwasser. His artwork looks vaguely familiar;, I probably saw a reproduction or two in poster shops but never knew the name of the artist. His playful architecture is truly wonderful – I now have a reason to go to Austria!

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