The Hundertwasser Museum - Kunst Haus Wien is a few block from the Hundertwasser house and village with signs pointing the way. This Museum is the world's only permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser's works, and is a gathering place for Hunderwasser lovers from all over the world. Typical of Hundertwasser he repurposed a building vs building new this building was a furniture factory in it previous life. The museum itself is very interesting, decorated with enamelled, checkerboard mosaics on the face. If give a Gaudi feel but In contrast to Gaudí, Hundertwasser used symmetrical mosaic stones, very carefully arranged. The exact size of each stone is planned and gives a very different feeling for building-mounted mosaics that are not industrially manufactured. The mosaics really give it that Hundertwasser feeling and than this is all incorporation into a very deliberate concealment of the boundaries between floors.
Honest it is worth a visit and one who loves art needs to plan on spending at least two hours exploring because at each spot you start to say wow that is an interesting way to see the world
Hours: Daily, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kalke’s Hundertwasser Village' was an old horse stable turned into petrel station and tire workshop owned by Kalke who worked with Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser to turn it into "the village" it is now in in 1991. The Kalke’s Hundertwasser Village is located opposite 'Hundertwasserhaus' and reflects the same ideas of interior design. The concept was not to tear down and demolish . but rebuild repurpose.
The village is now a major tourist site it was full of camera click tourist from all over the world I meet Japanese, Russians, Koreans all who discovered Hundertwasser and were on a pilgrimage.
The village itself is now cafes gift shops souvenir shops.
The entrance is free.
Friendensreich Hundertwasser designed the Krawinahaus as a residential building using his philosophical principles such as no straight lines; a tree for every resident; lots of windows; uneven floors. The building is actually very beautiful and photogenic. As it is residential you cannot go inside. The building contains a cafe and a little shop. Directly across the road from the Krawinahaus is the Hundertwasser Village (see next tip). There is also a fairly good bakery selling food and drink close to the Krawinahaus.
To get to the Hundertwasser Haus you can take tram 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Hundertwasser Haus stop. We took the U1 underground line to Schweden Platz, then caught the line 1 tram from just outside. Underground line U4 also goes to Schwedenplatz, too.
A combination of phenomenal and bizarre architecture combine to make a colourful fantasy to house a collection of one of Austria's most original artists. Just walking around the house is worth a visit in itself, but the art collection is wonderful too. The collection got better as it got more colourful. Some of the paintings were so bright I could swear they had backlight, but try as I might I could find no evidence of any.
Much of Hundertwasser's work is inspired by his love of nature, and his distrust, even hatred, of modern life. The collection includes paintings of bleeding office towers and models of nature friendly utopias. Along with the paintings there are the occasional words of the painter which give a different insight into his thinking, and expose, for me, a slightly
irrational view of the world.
Some of these, like the treatise on tree-tenants, suggest growing trees in your house, instead of humans. The benefits failed to mention the ugly bugs and creatures that the trees would encourage into the house (he only mentions pretty butterflies) and the structural damage a growing tree would do to a building. Of course, this kind of response is rational, and Hundertwasser hates rationalists.
Open daily from 10am to 7pm it is quite expensive at 9 euros a ticket.
Hundertwasserhaus dates back to 1985 and it was never ment to be a museum, BUT it rather is an appartment-house with ordinary people living there. The building is locked and you may not get inside, except for a cafe-terrace on the 1st floor.
At all of the facade and even inside the building you will hardly ever find a straight line, everything is bended and looks funny in many ways, but maybe it is not always very nice to walk on a corridor, that is not totally even but includes fancy "jokes" by Master Hundertwasser, who was never living in such a house himself.
Hundertwasser-Kunsthaus is a museum & gallery with works of art by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The prints of Hundertwasser are seen in calenders and on posters at many places, BUT the real paintings are hardly to be found in any museum.This gallery is in Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, just a few blocks from the more famous Hundertwasserhaus.The backside of this building faces the Donaukanal and once that you came that far, you should really take a look as well at the ship-station designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Hundertwasser-Kunsthaus is open
daily between 10.00a.m. and 07.00p.m.
The Hundertwasser-Heizkraftwerk in Vienna is certainly the most beautiful power-plant in the world - it looked just the way every powerplant looks like, before Friedensreich Hundertwasser started to re-decorate it - he created a new german word for what he did : "Behuebschen" ( make things more beautiful). You may take the U-bahn and get there in order to walk around the building a bit, BUT you may not enter it and I would like to say that this is a building that you should not waste a lot of time, as long as you have not seen the other Hundertwasser-houses !!
b.t.w.: Hundertwasser also decorated a power-plant in Osaka !
The toilet of modern art was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, just opposit the Hundertwasserhaus, in the souterrain (basement) of a shopping-centre also designed by Hundertwasser.
You have to pay 60 cents as an entrance-fee at an automatic barrier
and then you will see the funny details of this kind of Art...
... and you may even "give a piece of s**t" on such a work of art...
.... finally , THAT is what it is ment and built for !!!
To get here take tram line 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Redetsky Place. The Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum is a couple of minutes walk from the stop. The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus and Hundertwasser Village are 5 minutes walk away.
The museum is open from 10am to 7pm every day, entry is 9 Euro for adults; 12 Euro to include permenant and temporary exhibitions. We did not go to the exhibitions. We just looked at the front of the building and visited the cafe/restaurant and shop.
Directly across from the Hundertwasser Haus is the Hundertwasser Village. This is a shopping mall created in the Hundertwasser style. It is beautiful inside with uneven floors, colourful oddly shaped pillars, uneven stairs, tiles. The shops inside sell artworks and souvenirs. There is also a cafe bar. The building even has a toilet of modern art - entry 60 cents. The mirrors and tiles inside the toilet are quite pretty.
To get here you can take tram 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Hundertwasser Haus stop. We took the U1 underground line to Schweden Platz then caught the line 1 tram from there.
First stop when we arrived to Vienna was at the Hundertwasser Museum, located at Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna.
We arrived there after 3 hours on the road from Budapest.
Most of the information about the Museum it is easy to find on the net, but my experience while visiting the place was that it is a small piece of art, unique and a one that it is hard to ignore.
Welcome to the ''territory of creative architecture,'' as the well-known, in the year of 2000 died artists, painter Hundertwasser described his onion-domed oasis near the Danube, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna.
For those who want to visit here, this colorful, public housing masterpiece will not disappoint. Trees are considered tenants and grow out of their own windows. Flat floors are forbidden; an uneven walking surface is “a melody to the feet.” Residents can lean out of their windows and paint anything within arm’s reach. The roof? A minor wilderness.
He said: "Some people claim, the houses consist of walls; according to me from windows."
The building, which sits a-mid baroque Viennese splendor on the Kegelgasse in the third district, in a residential neighborhood, is the most conspicuous example of the imaginative art of the artist.
People still live in the building, so it may be viewed from the outside only. Exeption is the “Kunst-Café im Hundertwasserhaus” at the Löwengasse side.
If you are interested to know more about the artist, you can visit also the Hundertwasser-Kunsthaus locating not far from here, along the Danube canal. It is open daily from 10 am. to 7 pm. and shows the pictorial works of Hundertwasser in a constant exhibition.
In the Museum Shop you can buy everything around Hundertwasser; but also a lot of tourist junk, have nothing to do with Hundertwasser.
Kunsthaus-Museum Website: http://www.kunsthauswien.com/index_en.html
Kunsthaus-Museum Address: Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
The Kunsthaus Wien is a museum dedicated to the painter, graphic artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2002). Inside you can see some of his best paintings as well as models of housing complex that he built in Austria and abroad.
Hundertwasser was a very ecological artist: he believed that straight lines were innatural and was therefore trying to break those lines: he used a lot or irregular elements, colours and, when possible, natural materials. A good example is the floor of this Kunstahause that he designed: uneven and rounded. He also figured out a way of using plants to purify water, so that it could be recycled instead of wasted.
The museum is on two floors and a visit costs 9 euros. On the ground floor, there is a café-restaurant and a shop. Entrance to the museum is 9 euros - definitely not cheap, but the ticket is quite artistic and unusual.
Friedensreich Hunterwasser museum tells about his life, philosophy, shows his artwork, architecture models/ideas, displays various flags he created.
The building alone from the outside is very odd and interesting both at the same time.
We enjoyed this museum quite a bit. The arwork was interesting/wacky. This is not your typical art museum!
Other than wanting a say in the size of their loft extensions or shape and situation of their sun lounges most people will not profess to being interested in 'architecture' per se. However, a trip to this beautiful city is an truly uplifting experience for anyone who loves fine buildings. But should you find yourself suffering from an overkill of grandeur - and I can't say I do! - a stroll though central Vienna to Lowengasse should change all that! For in Hunderwasser Haus you have an extraordinary example of a dream made reality - for in 1985 (Friedensreich) Hundertwasser succeeded in making the surreal real, and managed to build what most people thought was impossible...a block of flats that people would fight to live in!
It's almost impossible to describe in words. Let's simply say that any lover of an abundance straight parallel lines probably ought to steer clear! One word of note - being a real, lived-in block a flats, it is a free show...and being stared at on a daily basis is the price the residents obviously (willingly?) have to pay. All the same, I think it's only fair to show a little bit of respect for the key holders whilst brandishing your camera in the search for that perfect photo opportunity.
The adjacent themed shopping arcade is depressingly touristy but you can get food, postcards if you need to etc. The most amusing thing within is the 'Toilet of Modern Art' (more of which later) Personally I'd enjoy the Hundertwasser building, peruse the toilet in the arcade basement (money needed) and then walk a few streets further to Unter Weissgerbestrasse where you'll find the official Hundertwasser museum - the Kunsthaus. It's 9 Eur for adults (half price Mondays at the moment), has an art exhibition, architecture exhibition and a superbly good cafe/restaurant (see restaurant review).
..and don't forget the Spittelau power plant!