Markthalle Altenrhein ("Altenrhein market hall") in Staad, municipality Thal SG, canton Sankt Gallen, Switzerland.
Markthalle Altenrhein is one of the many architectural projects of the famous Austrian painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000).
Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, Austria, he later called himself Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (literally: rich in peace / rainy day / dark colorful / hundred water), shortly Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
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Hundertwasser’s original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work utilised bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.
He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in its use of biomorphic forms and the use of tile. He was also inspired by the art of the Vienna Secession, and by the Austrian painters Egon Schiele (1890–1918) and Gustav Klimt (1862–1918).
He was fascinated by spirals, and called straight lines "the devil’s tools". He called his theory of art "transautomatism", based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist.
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