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Hundertwasser "10002 Nights Homo Humus Come Va How Do You Do"

Painting, architecture, ecology and prints - in all areas, Friendensreich Hundertwasser's work was permeated by a passion to once again connect man with nature and fill life with a mysterious beauty. The only thing he never used in his creation was the straight line - the form which according to him was the only one invented only by man, which does not exist in nature.

"10002 Nights Homo Humus Come Va How Do You Do" is an exquisite example of this and the advanced process that also shone through in every single technology he went through. The project is described by Hundertwassers Stiftung in detail: ”These signing days are not included in the days of work indicated on the reverse side. To give his fingers and spirit a break, Hundertwasser interrupted the signing once he reached a significant stage in the numbering and went with Alberto to have a cup of coffee in the arcade café Bella Venezia. A bottle of sparkling wine was kept on ice for this occasion, too, but remained unopened. Hundertwasser applied the date stamp and signed with home-made india ink, which he obtained using liquid soot which dripped from his stovepipe. He used a rubber stamp to correct the printed number 10001 to 10002 and a Japanese stamp with an inkan, the Japanese ink pad. The sheets were stacked in tens, and 50 formed a row of 5 stacks of 10 on a long table in a separate room, to facilitate the signing and stamping. Sets of ten sheets were then fanned out and carried back to the printshop to dry the soot-ink signature and the Japanese stamp by laying them on drying shelves. Alberto lent a hand in this. (from: brochure on 860 Homo Humus come va, Die Galerie, Offenbach on the Main, 1984)This was a strenuous effort which can hardly be imagined: ten thousand originals in one edition. Just signing them all took eighteen days in the course of two months.

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