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Aktion Painting - Fresco
Hermann Nitsch
Aktion Painting - Fresco

1981

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

202 x 320cm
His Fresco, with its connotations of martyrdom and penance, is fixed with the tortured bust of a ’saint’, a site of devotional worship as horrifically compelling as an ossuary or catacomb.

Much is made of Hermann Nitsch as cult provocateur, but he is first and foremost an artist: his performances and rituals are painstakingly planned in the context and language of art. Each ’Aktion’ is premeditated through preparatory drawings and paintings, reflecting Hermann Nitsch’s influence by, and position within, the predominant movements spanning his career.
Splatter Painting
Hermann Nitsch
Splatter Painting

1986

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

200 x 300cm
Hailed by many as the Pope of Viennese ’Aktionism’, Hermann Nitsch, together with GĂĽnter Brus, Otto MĂĽhl, and Rudolf Schwartzkogler, reformed the face of sixties art, shunning the illusionary confines of traditional painting and sculpture, reinventing an art that exists in real, corporeal, and violent terms.

Hermann Nitsch was celebrated and reviled in equal measure as he took the semblance of a pagan ceremony and incorporated robed processions, symbolic crucifixion, drunken excess, nudity, animal sacrifice, the drinking of blood, and the ritualistic incorporation of viscera and entrails. Even today, his audiences aren’t mere visitors, but active participants in his artistic liturgies.

Hermann Nitsch’s work draws parallels between religion and the ritualistic spiritualism of creativity. Heavily entrenched in ancient philosophy and a dissident, questioning Christian theology, he actively seeks catharsis through pain and compassion, a rigorously disciplined quest for ethereal release and enlightenment through an embracing of primal instinct and ancient sacrament.
Splatter Painting
Hermann Nitsch
Splatter Painting

1986

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

186 x 260cm
Splatter Painting
Hermann Nitsch
Splatter Painting

1983

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

190 x 300cm
Splatter Painting
Hermann Nitsch
Splatter Painting

1990

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

200 x 300cm
Splatter Painting
Hermann Nitsch
Splatter Painting

1983

Acrylic on Canvas

200 x 300cm
The blank canvases incorporated as backdrops to his performances are sometimes smeared in blood, while others are violently attacked with symbolic red and purple paint. In the gallery, Hermann Nitsch’s ’Splatter’ paintings exist as holy ’relics’: icons of metaphysical significance, radiating an aura of edification. They convey a terrible beauty, a sublime contemplation of life, violence, transgression and extremity.
Golden Love
Hermann Nitsch
Golden Love

1974

Mulitmedia Collage

200 x 300cm
In Golden Love, Hermann Nitsch presents a monumental collage. In his panel of bedazzling candy-coloured pop, images of babies sit alongside animal carcasses, flowers, and sexual perversion, in an unlikely remix reminiscent of Robert Rauschenberg’s combines. Borrowing from the geometric design of the era, Hermann Nitsch’s grid-like display lies somewhere between science textbook precision and the impassioned fervour of a religious zealot; pain and pleasure are united in a work which is the epitome of middle-class subversion and corrupted decadence.
Process
Hermann Nitsch
Process

1982

Collage on Canvas

240 x 140cm
Process is a visual dissection of a painting. Here Hermann Nitsch’s trademark gore is thinned to a rapturous rosy pink, both hopeful and grotty. Nitsch encloses his Masonic-esque symbols on their own separate plane, his element of collage both a quarantine from, and contamination of, the delicate surface below.
The Last Supper
Hermann Nitsch
The Last Supper

1976-9

Pencil and Pen on Paper

155 x 370cm
The Last Supper was a work Hermann Nitsch originally conceived and mounted at the French Cultural Centre in Milan. Based on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco (housed in the same city), Hermann Nitsch’s performative response was finalised as an installation consisting of a table, surrounded by twelve pictures, and a large canvas symbolic of Christ.

In this drawing, Hermann Nitsch works through his conception of the Christian story of betrayal, repentance, and forgiveness. Depicting each figure as an anatomical diagram, he plays on the concept of the Eucharist: spiritual cleansing through the eating of blood and flesh.

The Christ figure in the centre is rendered in red as an emanating energy force; neither good nor evil, his face is a skull-like mask bearing the inane mischievous grin of a Mona Lisa smile.
Six Day Play
Hermann Nitsch
Six Day Play

1998

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

200 x 300cm
In 1957, Hermann Nitsch declared that all of his performances were merely preparation for his lifelong ambition of the Six Day Play. In August 1998, this monumental project was realised as his 100th ’Aktion’: a re-enactment of the story of creation. By far his most decadent execution, Hermann Nitsch declared this project to be his pinnacle.

Hermann Nitsch's BIOGRAPHY

Hermann Nitsch
Born in 1938, Vienna, Austria
Lives and works in Austria



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Hermann Nitsch in Munich, Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich, Germany
Hermann Nitsch Die Apotheke / The Pharmacy, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY (in collaboration with Mike Weiss Gallery)
60.Painting Action // 60.Malaktion, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado

2010
Hermann Nitsch, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France
Hermann Nitsch Masterpieces of the Duerckheim Collection, Museumszentrum, Mistlebach, Austria
Personal Structures. Time-Space Existence, KĂĽnstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria
Pentecost celebration: 130. Aktion, Hermann Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy
Das Orgien Mysterien Theater, Stella Art Foundation, Moscow, Russia
Smelling, Nitsch Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2009
Opening, Nitsch Foundation, Austria
The Past, The Present, and the Disciples of Nitsch, Box Art Gallery, d’Arte, Verona, Italy
Hermann Nitsch, Galleria Dant’Agostino Casa d’Aste, Turin, Italy
Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Works of the 56. Action Painting by Hermann Nitsch, Museumszentrum Mistlebach, Austria

2008
Form as Strategy, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, New York
Opening, Museo Archivio Laboratorio Hermann Nitsch, Naples, Italy

2007
The Orgies Mysteries Theater, Galleria de' Foscherari, Bologna, Italy
Galerie beaumontpublic + königbloc, Luxembourg
Galeria Box Art, Verona, Italy
Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy
Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuberg, Germany
Selected Works, 1960 – Present, Hermann Nitsch Museum, Museums Zentrum Mistelbach, Mistelbach, Austria

2006
Hermann Nitsch: New Paintings and Video, Mike Weiss Gallery, NY
Retrospective, Nationalgalerie Staaliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Spac Villa Toppoflorio, Undine, Italy
Hermann Nitsch / Yango Shaobin, Alexanger Ochs – White Space, Beijing; Alexander Ochs, Berlin

2005
The Orgies Mysteries Theater, The Station Museum, Houston, TX

2004
New Paintings, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

2003
Art Scarplin, Merano, Italy
Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy
Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Germany

2002
Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy
Gallery Fortlaan, Ghent, Belgium

2001
Oberes Belevedere, Vienna, Austria
HĂĽrlimannareal, ZĂĽrich, Switzerland
Haburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

2000
Palazzo Steline, Milan, Italy
Galleria Communale D’Arte Moderna e Contemoranea, Rome, Itlay

1999
Mumok, Vienna, Austria
Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, Hungary

1998
Galerie Frank Hänel, Frankfurt, Germany

1997
Retrospective, Konsthallen Göteborg, Sweden
Retrospective, Musée D’Art et D’Histoire, Luxembourg
St. Peter an der Sperr, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg
Neue Galerie der Stadt, Linz, Austria
Underwoodstreet Gallery, London, England
Kunstraum, Innsbruck, Austria
Galerie Prantl, Oberlech, Austria

1996
Galerie Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen, Passau, Germany
Palazzo delle Exposizioni, Retrospective, Rome, Italy
Kunstverein Gmunden, Hipp-Halle, Austria
Retrospective, Sala ParpallĂł, Valencia, Spain
Malaktion U. Ausstellung, Schömerhaus, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Galerie Giuseppe Morra, Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy
Retrospective, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

1995
Retrospektivausstellung, KĂĽnstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Galerie Barlach, Halle-K, Hamburg, Germany
Ausstellung und Aktion in der Trinitatiskirche, Köln, Germany


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ
Staging Action: Performance in photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
L’Insoutenable Légèreté de l’être, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York and Paris

2010
New Acquisitions, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France

2009
An Open Window on the World of Art, Galleria Civica D’Arts Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Stations of the Cross, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

2008
Five Year Anniversary Show, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Ebb and Flow, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Eye on Europe: Prints, Books and Multiples / 1960 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Twice Drawn, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Realm of the Spirit, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Reverence, Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, Peeksill, NY
Intensive Painting, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland
Hermann Nitsch and Erika Schmied, Galerie 422 Margund Lössl, Gmunden, Austria

2005
Entourage, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Site Santa Fe Biennial, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Tango, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Good Morning Balkan, Athens, Greece

2000
Paradise Lost, Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany
Faith, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CN
6 Views of the 6 Day Play, Video Presentation, Barnsdall Art Park
Gallery Theater, Los Angeles, CA

1999
White Box Gallery, New York, NY

1998
Out of Actions, Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond The Pink, Video Presentation, Art Centre, Pasadena, CA

1997
Die Epoche der Moderne, Kunst im 20. Jhdt., Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Sinnlicher Sommer, KĂĽnstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Body, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England

1996
Artisti Austriaci a Roma, Palazzo Braschi, Rome, Italy
Malerei in Ă–sterreich 1945-95, KĂĽnstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Mysterium Wein, Historisches Museum der Pfalz, Speyer, Germany
Chaos, Wahnsinn, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Germany
L’Art au Corps, Musée D’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France
Tight: Sphincteric Arhatship, Tans-Hudson Gallery, New York, Knoxville, TN. Traveling exhibition

1995
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
L’Art Contemporain Autrichien, Rouen, Caen, France

1994
L’ Incanto e la Transcendenza, Castel Ivano, Trento, Italy
Il Paese Della Meraviglie e le Tavole Della Legge, Castello di Volpaia, Volpaia, Italy

1993
Akademie Der KĂĽnste, Berlin, Germany

1992
Hors Limits, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
L’ Incanto e la Transcendenza, Castel Ivano, Trento, Italy
Il Paese Della Meraviglie e le Tavole Della Legge, Castello di Volpaia, Volpaia, Italy
Casula, Kunststation St. Petri, Köln, Germany

1991
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

1990
Gegenwart-Ewigkeit , Gropiusbau, Berlin, Germany

1989
Luhring Augustine & Hodes, New York, NY

1988
Teilnahme an der Biennale, Sydney, Australia
Luhring Augustine & Hodes, New York, NY

1987
Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, DC

1986
Austrian Drawing, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rennweg, Sala Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Madrid, Spain
Dal Profondo, Padiglione D’Arte Contemoranea, Milan, Italy
Beuys zu Ehren, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

1985
Brus, Rainer, Nitsch, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

1983
Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk, Ausstellung von HaraldSzeemann u. a., Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria

1982
Documenta VII, Kassel, Germany

1980
69th Action (3 hours), New York Art Fair, New York, NY

1972
Documenta V, Kassel, Germany
39th Action (2 hours), Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, NY
40th Action (first 12 hour action), Mercer Arts Center, New York, NY
58th Action (2 hours), Western Front Society, Vancouver, Canada
59th Action (2 hours), Laica and SSB, Los Angeles, CA

1970
Happening und Fluxus, Kunstverein, Köln, Germany
33rd Action (2 hours), Douglas College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
34th Action (2 hours), New York State University, Binghampton, New York, NY