In Hitler's homeland on a cloudy winter day, I meet the artist Gottfried Helnwein. It is possible he will take me into the darkness of the people, where I find myself at the Viennese café Landtmann one cool Friday afternoon. And it is when darkness subsides that world-renowned Irish-Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein arrives dressed in his distinctive black headscarf.
"The oppression of children and women is the darkest chapter in human history."
Helnwein was born in Vienna just after World War II (1948). Here he went to the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) – where Hitler applied twice, but was rejected. Today Helnwein lives in Los Angeles and Ireland, but visits Vienna from time to time.
Behind his glasses with black lenses, he says: – I am associated with the culture here. Until the 1980s, Vienna was a terrible place – the two world wars had destroyed. . .
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