Hermann Nitsch

Biography

Picture Hermann Nitsch

Born in Wien on 1938.
He works in experimental and multimedia modes. He is associated with the Vienna Actionists, and like them conceives of his art outside traditional categories of genre.
In the 1950s, Nitsch conceived of the Orgien Mysterien Theater (which roughly translates as Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries), staging nearly 100 performances between the years of 1962 and 1998. These ritualistic performance actions, often included staged crucifixions and animal slaughter, incorporating other ritualistic actions as well as music and dance.
By 1995, Nitsch had been sufficiently embraced by the establishment that the Vienna State Opera invited him to direct and design the sets and costumes for Jules Massenet's opera "Herodiade."
In 1998, Nitsch staged his 100th performance (named the 6-Day Play after its length) which took place at his castle in Austria, Schloss Prinzendorf. In 2004, he held an abbreviated (2-day) version of the work. He continues to publish articles and release CDs.


Solo and group exhibitions (Selected))

2007
Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg
Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Pölten
Galerie Gerersdorfer, Vienna
GALERIE FREY, Vienna
Central House of Artists, Mosca

2006
recommended institution Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna
Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlino
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlino
Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V. - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlino
Kunstverein Villa Wessel, Iserlohn
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
recommended institution Lehr - Auktionshaus und Galerie, Berlino
Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Monaco di Baviera
recommended institution Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna
recommended institution ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING, Berlino
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcellona
MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig im MQ, Vienna
Galerie 422, Gmunden
recommended institution ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING Projektroom: WHITE SPACE, Pechino
EMB Contemporary Art, Balzers
IKOB – Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst Eupen, Eupen
Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Brema
Galerie Fred Jahn, Monaco di Baviera
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds

2005
Galerie 422, Gmunden
PAN - Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Napoli
Galerie Jünger, Baden
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salisburgo
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL
Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano
Cannaviello, Milano
Lattuada Studio, Milano
Galerie Gerersdorfer, Vienna
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
The Station Museum, Houston, TX
PAN - Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Napoli
Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz
National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucarest
Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Slought Foundation, Filadelfia, PA
Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Francoforte sul Meno
recommended institution The Saatchi Gallery, Londra
recommended institution Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Vienna

2004
Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Villa Croce Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genova
m Bochum / m Fotografie, Bochum
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salisburgo
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenaghen
International Biennial Exhibition Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Francoforte sul Meno
Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
DCA Gallery, New York, NY
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
Galleria d´Arte Moderna - GAM, Bologna
Galleria de' Foscherari, Bologna

2003
Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Galerie Gerersdorfer, Vienna
Galerie H.S. Steinek, Vienna

2002
Galerie 422, Gmunden
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Whitechapel Art Gallery, Londra
recommended institution Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

2001
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
recommended institution Galerie Lindner, Vienna
Palazzo delle Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena
Galerie Lelong - Zürich, Zurigo
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
Galerie Fred Jahn, Monaco di Baviera

2000
Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Wörlen, Passau
Galerie Maulberger, Monaco di Baviera
Fundación Joan Miró, Barcellona
Galerie Ariadne - Thomas Netusil Kunsthandel, Vienna
recommended institution Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold, Riehen

1999
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg
Galerie Johannes Faber fine photographs, Vienna
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Raab Galerie, Berlino
Galerie Jörg Heitsch, Monaco di Baviera
MUSEION - Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano
ZELLERMAYER Galerie Berlin, Berlino
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Lipsia

1998
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcellona
Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbona
MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Anversa
MOCA THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY, Los Angeles, CA
Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg

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