Hermann Nitsch, one of the founders of Viennese Actionism, continues his traditional modern artistic ritual with his ritual-like actions named Orgien Mysterien Theater. Nitsch, blesses the body in the context of blood, nudity, and violence while adopting a critical manner against modernist body politics. While conveying the violence dispersed in human essence to all senses, Nitsch leads major themes of contemporary art, such as animalism and gender, as well as performance arts and happenings. In his performances that resemble rituals of early ages, the artist exhibits visible, smellable, audible, and perceivable reality, free from the artificial effect of traditional drama and including all the elements both central and peripheric. Aside from Orgien Mysterien Theater, Nitsch creates a new ground in the mind of the viewer where colours and images co-exist, with his paintings which are the result of his painting actions.
Hermann Nitsch‘s (b.1938, Vienna) selected solo and group exhibitions are the following: Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1983); documenta (1972, 1983); Villa Pignatelli, Napoli (1987); Raiffeisenhalle, Frankfurt am Main (1994); Musée d’Art et d’Historie, Luxembourg (1997); Kiscelli Museum, Budapest (1999); Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna (1999); Incubate Festival, Tilburg (2009); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2010); Musée d’Art Moderne, St. Etienne (2010); Museo Nitsch, Napoli (2008, 2010); Strukturen, Leopold Museum, Vienna (2011); In vivo Hermann Nitsch, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012); Fondació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2012); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012); Flesh and Blood, Museum on the Seam, Israel (2013); Arena, Nitsch Museum, Mistelbach (2008, 2011, 2014); Vienese Actionism, Hauser & Wirth, New York (2014); Aktionsmalerei, Dirimart, Istanbul (2009, 2014); Theatermuseum, Vienna (2015); Memorial Against the War, Çanakkale, Turkey (2015). Hermann Nitsch lives and works in Austria.