The short programme will focus on another artist who symbolised Viennese creativity: Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000), the inheritor of the Secession.
Hundertwasser was a painter and architect whose work was inspired by the Viennese Secession movement a few decades later. His ideal city would be built of stone. Like Klimt and Schiele, Hundertwasser too abandoned perspective in favour of successive planes, and like them he too preferred a lively line describing irregular forms to a simple straight line. He felt that “straight lines are a man-made danger, as they are alien to the nature of humanity, of life, of all creation.” Vibrantly coloured facades are rhymed by windows with a wayward geometry, his lines unfurling to create a utopian world with nature as its model and humanity at its centre. His paintings are explosions of colour whose endless spiralling takes us on a voyage to the very wellspring of life and natural forces.
In an explosion of colour, the Atelier des Lumières will establish a link between the various eras and provide a visual and musical journey through the creative works of the past and the present.