Villa Stuck´s „ExistenzFest. Hermann Nitsch und das Theater“

As an artist of the first Austrian post-war avant-garde and of Viennese Actionism, Hermann Nitsch has made a powerful and, to this day, controversial contribution not only to the process of redefining the position of contemporary art, but also to many fundamental discussions relating to the development of an open, liberal social and cultural-political atmosphere in the Second Republic in Austria. 

Ever since the beginnings of his complex opus in 1957, varying between painting and theatre, Hermann Nitsch occupies a central position in the history of visionary, expanded notion of art concepts. The centre of his work is the realisation of the o.m. theater (Orgies Mysteries Theater), a dramatic epic of six days and nights. An existential flush and cathartic realisation are the effect of this partaking, dramatic and meditative art. The multi-media exhibition, curated by Hubert Klocker, emphasizes especially on communicating the dramatic and performative nucleus of Hermann Nitsch’s opus.

Film and audio material, a video installation, especially created by Hermann Nitsch for the present exhibit with the topic of synaesthetics, as well as the presentation of the Stiertrage (bull‘s barrow), used for the first time in the Six-Day Play in 1998, amplify the event character of the show and refer to the central role of the immediate experience of Hermann Nitsch‘s art.

Exhibition 05. 02. – 08.05. 2016
Villa Stuck, Prinzregentenstraße 60, 81675 München

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