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Before considering whether to invest in a Hundertwasser print or poster you should read the guidelines below. They will tell you everything you need to know. Because Hundertwasser and, after him, the Foundation, took the greatest care in the creation of each poster, they cannot be considered just an ordinary poster ... they are a work of art in themselves ...
Foil Print, 54 x 24 inches
© NAMIDA AG, Glarus, Switzerland
Though there shouldn't be any unauthorised Hundertwasser prints or fakes on the market that doesn't mean there aren't any. I would strongly recommend only purchasing them from authorised dealers. My personal preference would be allposters.com and you can view their catalogue by
allposters.co.uk. Their customer service is second to none.
An authorised poster may look expensive but remember it is not an ordinary poster (See below). It is a work of art wheras any unauthorised piece will look truly awful in comparsion. Remember also that an actual Hundertwasser print is a million times better in the flesh (metal embossed etc. a joy just to touch) than an internet scan. No scan can possibly do them justice.
Hundertwasser Posters and Art Prints - General Information
H U N D E R T W A S S E R A R T P R I N T S
Hundertwasser art prints are reproductions of paintings, printed in different techniques as
offset prints, granolitho (collotype prints), etc.
They are printed and published by various publishers such as
Daco Verlag, Arte fides, Bruckmann/Stiebner Verlag, Wörner Verlag etc.
Most of the Hundertwasser art prints are printed mirror-inverted:
'Reproductions are inverted like in mirror writing.'
This was suggested by Hundertwasser himself in order to create a new dimension and to present the paintings in a new light. A further advantage to this is to render fakes much harder, making imitations more difficult.
Hundertwasser strived for the highest quality in the reproductions of his paintings.
He controlled the colours of the prints and arranged for the colours to be printed with the best quality and brillance.
Special effects are created through metal embossings.
Many of the reproductions are printed on a black background in order to let the paintings glow out of the dark.
Some art prints, especially collotype prints, have been printed in a limited number.
H U N D E R T W A S S E R O R I G I N A L P O S T E R S
Original posters are not just the reproduction of a painting, their motif has been created, composed and designed by the artist.
Hundertwasser considered his “original posters” as original works and had them noted as works of applied art in his work catalogue raisonné with an APA number (applied art number).
The “original posters” are multiples and works of applied art, though many of them have not been printed in a limited number.
Hundertwasser’s original posters are an important part of his ecological strategy'
All of Hundertwasser’s environmental posters are original posters.
He created them as original works with an original design, though he created them on the basis of existing works.
Hundertwasser’s original posters are an important part of his ecological strategy. Indeed, they became the most direct element of his moral practice, the most effective means of awakening public opinion, the cornerstone of his campaigns.
The structural pattern of what became the operational rite of Hundertwasser’s opinion campaigns was: a striking symbolic act, a series of committed speeches, and a graphic creation to illustrate the theme (poster).
Other original posters, noted in catalogue raisonné, created as original designs by Hundertwasser, are not related to environmental campaigns:
APA 17 / 134I WE LIVE IN PARADISE, 1999
APA 74 / 608B EUROPALIA 87 ÖSTERREICH, 1987
APA 97 / 684A WORLD TRAVELLING MUSEUM EXHIBITION, 1975
APA 98 / 685B KREATIVE ARCHITEKTUR – GLEICHNIS DER SCHÖPFUNG, 1991
APA 103 / 686F SKYSCRAPERS
APA 122 / 712 HUNDERTWASSERS REGENTAG, 1972
APA 220 / 858A LUNA LUNA, 1987
APA 283 / 910A FÜR EINE ABFALLFREIE GESELLSCHAFT, 1991
APA 290 / 913D KUNSTHAUSWIEN, 1991
APA 313 / 928B KÖNIG DER ANTIPODEN (, THE HUNDERTWASSER COLLECTION, KunstHausWien), 1997
APA 346 / 981A STRAUSS – BLUMENSTRAUSS, 1997
M I S C E L L A N E O U S
Only a few art prints have been printed in limited numbers (mostly collotype prints).
For the original posters Hundertwasser worked very closely with his printer. All original posters were printed by B. Wörner, Rutesheim.
Most of Hundertwasser's prints and posters sell in Germany
Concerning art prints & posters there should not be any unauthorised ones on the market. They are licenced by the Hundertwasser Foundation and believe me they take care in achieving the highest printing quality possible.
Selection of motifs for art prints always was done in collaboration with the artist (now the Foundation) and the printer/publisher.
Though there shouldn't be any unauthorised prints or fakes on the market that doesn't mean there aren't any. I would strongly recommend only purchasing them from authorised dealers. My personal preference would be allposters.com and you can view their catalogue by
You can view these prints in the Gallery. As the great man designed many against black backgrounds I couldn't resist doing the same there. I think they look truly stunning.
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