Hermann Nitsch (1938)
Hermann Nitsch is one of the main exponents of the Wiener Aktionismus which was an exasperation of european body art during the 1960s. His art is deeply connected to de Sade, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Antonin Artaud thoughts: in his manifesto he explains how his action should arouse disgust in the public leading to chatarsis and purification.
The highest expression of Nitsch’s work is represented by Orgien Mysterien Theater, an expression of total art, which is referred to Dyonisian orgies and to the tradition of medieval Mistery Theatre: the scene is often involved with slaughters, religious sacrifices, crucifixion, as well as blood and flesh. It can be considered both ritualistic and existential.
Graduated at the Sperimental Graphic Institute of Vienna Nitsch joins as a painter the tachiste movement that is based on the interpretation of the Informal culture exalting the gesture through which the dripping colour is directly thrown on canvas.
In the 1980s the number of his performances increase gradually and Nitsch started to take part to important international events; from the 1990s on, he has been invited to Museums and Institutions all over the world where he principally shows with a strong expressive energy his relicts, objects, installation materials, big canvas, his scores and graphic projects, creating his peculiar language that embraces either to theatre, painting music, photo, video and performance.
Exhibitions: Neue Galerie Der Stadt, Linz, 1997.