The Artist Castle 1959-1974
PADHI FRIEBERGER 1931 – 2016
The conceptional artist Padhi Frieberger discovered Hagenberg in 1959. Although the painter Armin Ackermann and the poet Konrad Bayer were those who rented the rooms, it was Padhi who spent fifteen summers and winters here and documented his life and his suffering with his camera. It was Padhi and his friends who saved the castle from destruction in the true sense of the word.
Padhi with the headless clown in front of the entrance to the spiral staircase. © Belvedere, Wien
The artist Walter Pichler photographed by Padhi Frieberger © Belvedere, Wien
KONRAD BAYER 1932 – 1964
Konrad Bayer was the central figure of the “Viennese Group” – the genius loci who immortalized the place with his texts, which contain a myriad of references to the castle, its interior and exterior and to the whole village. Especially the perforated roof, through which he found himself dropping into the night sky, had done it to him.
His suicide on October 10, 1964 was a dramatic event for all his friends. And he is also the person who is spiritually connected with me. For what he wrote, the distant continents and oceans he dreamed up, the story of the captain Vitus Bering in the Pacific Ocean, exactly where I realized our voyage on Hundertwasser’s ship REGENTAG
Konrad Bayer shortly before his death, taken by Ferry Radax © Belvedere, Wien
Konrad Bayer + 1964 – Memorial postcard by Padhi Frieberger © Belvedere, Wien
Quotes Konrad Bayer “The Head of Vitus Bering” Suhrkamp Berlin 1970
Page 20: He breaks his breath and draws a circle around the castle pond.
Page 23: And when he looked out of the window, next to the closet, he saw the fortress, and that was Petersburg, and the air was pleasant, and he breathed that he noticed it; and he was glad he was where he was, and he did not think about it.
Page 28: theory of shipping: vitus bering made travels around the world by ships, but nowhere did he find an end or a ridge.
Page 30f: eat and drink / II … 12. “more water!” Called bering. he had become thirsty.
Quotes KONRAD BAYER “THE SIXTH SENSE” NOVEL, Deuticke Vienna 1993
Page 63f: “hour book” he mumbled and said: “this house is our ship, this ship is the top of the world, always upstairs, the attic with its clotheslines is the command bridge and the big hole in the roof is the look and the coloured towels are our pennants “:
Page 129: that’s the table, no that’s the armchair, it’s the table and there’s the letter, where’s the letter, it’s not there, wait what is that? there is paper, there is the wall, there is the door and there is the switch. goldenberg turns on the light, thinks of the genesis, takes the letter from the drawer and leaves the room.
UDO PROKSCH 1934 – 2001
I knew Udo from when I grew up in Salzburg where he went to the Commercial School and was friend with one of my sisters. During my studies in Vienna, I visited him often, because he thought very much of me. After I quit my studies, I asked him to recommend someone from his extensive circle of acquaintances for whom I could be useful. After months of insistence, he offered me a job in a plastic factory, a job he usually used for his love affairs. After a few weeks, he told me that he knew a crazy painter for whom I could be useful as a secretary. I was introduced to Hundertwasser in February 1965 in the Edenbar in Vienna and immediately had the feeling that I had found somebody special and something useful to do.
Padhi with Udo and the Porsche of his wife, the actress Erika Pluhar ©Belvedere, Wien
The Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky at the “Club 45” in Vienna led by Udo, and surrounded by André Heller, Udo, Hundertwasser and Padhi ©Belvedere, Wien
HUNDERTWASSER 1928 – 2000
The painter Frederic Hundertwasser was well aware of the importance of this place. According to Padhi, he also intended to acquire the castle and cover the roof with colourful tiles. I was fortunate enough to stand by his side for many years and to be in contact with him until his premature end in the Pacific.
Hundertwasser with his Japanese wife Yuko in the moat. © Belvedere, Wien
It reads: “Dear Padhi, Here it is as beautiful as in Hagenberg I was really looking forward to your PUZZLE GAME … I am glad that you are alive THIS WORLD IS THE PARADISE – YOUR HUNDERTWASSER”
For ordinary people, the castle did not look very inviting, though:
1974 Door openings before the purchase by Josef Steiger in 1974 -© Belvedere, Wien
For details see link under: Openings
The visit of the castle is possible in the context of guided tours against donations.
Connoisseurs of ancient mythology welcome.
The restoration of the temple hall
Those who would like to be part of the refurbishment can do so on the special donation account IBAN: AT07 0100 0000 0503 1050 (for foreign countries BIC:BUNDATWW).
Details see link under: Journal - The restoration of the temple hall
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„THE CODED CASTLE - SMASHED AND FORGOTTEN - NOW OPENING FOR THOSE WITH RESPECT YES LOVE FOR THE SIMPLEST - READY TO THROW THE USUAL OVERBOARD.“
Horst A. Wächter