Hermann Nitsch - tools and relics of the orgies mysteries theatre

During an action, tools, specified by Herman Nitsch in his scores, for example cotton cloths, stretchers or shirts, are stained with blood or splattered with paint, without any consideration given to their later use as exhibition pieces.


“my early action painting 1960-63 already sought to capture and conserve on a pictorial surface what is for me the essential event of the (sensory) arousal triggered by the painting process itself. this seismograph of the aroused excitement succeeded only in part. the painting process had become so vital that it escalated into an action, and the conservative thought and reproduction world of the pictorial surface was abandoned, a breakthrough took place, the allegorical rendering on the pictorial surface gave way to direct reality. instead of paint, now blood, hot water, raw flesh and innards were used. the fluids squirt around the performance space. making a real happening visually perceptible inevitably gives rise to a total work of art. reality is to be felt with all senses.
after years of condemning all static results I began to become interested again in how to conserve the impressions of actions. i appreciated that besides photographic documentation the staining and splattering of the materials that takes place naturally during an action (the white fabric, the garments, mass vestments) were the seismographic imprints of the highpoints of the happening, and they captured these in a more random and wonderful way than the intentional drive of my early painting could ever have achieved. cloths and garments splattered, sprayed and poured on became relics of the events acted out, which with a view to how they capture a spontaneous happening are today closer to me than my early painting.” in Hermann Nitsch, Werkzeuge und Relikte des O.M.Theaters, 1978, in: “Das Orgien Mysterien Theater. Manifeste, Aufsätze, Vorträge”, 1990, p. 113.

Venue

Nitsch Foundation

Hegelgasse 5
1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Tue. 23 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 24 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 25 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 26 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 30 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 31 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 01 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

February

  • Thu. 08 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

March

  • Thu. 01 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Mar 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.