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German Language and Literature


Mark Thamert, OSB


For over forty years Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser has sought through his art and written manifestos to write his ideal vision of paradise on earth with humankind's everyday reality.A careful examination of his work reveals that three concepts are of special importance in his intriguing outlook: creativity, individuality and respect for the environment. This thesis treats Hundertwasser's unique definitions of these themes and their manifestation in one of Hundertwasser's most impressive and controversial, achievements--the Hundertwasser Haus. Built by the city of Vienna during the early 1980's, the Hundertwasser Haus is public housing unlike any the world has seen. It successfully embodies the artist's desire to produce an environment in which every individual's creative expression is encouraged through the introduction of nature into city life.