Hermann Nitsch

Hermann Nitsch biography

1938 born in vienna
1957 develops the idea of the orgien mysterien theatre, a six days long festival whose conception is based on the main artist philosophy and that has been developing till today. the o.m.-theater is a new form of a total work of art where reality is staged. all five senses of the participants are claimed.
1960 aktionen (action performances) and exhibitions take place in vienna, which result in several court trials and three prison terms. therefore he leaves austria and moves to germany where he lives till 1978.
1962 1th "aktion" in vienna
1966 the destruction in art symposium (dias), london, 20th action, vienna
1968 cinématheque, new york, performance of the 25th and 26th action; university of cincinnati, 28th action, moves to bayern, germany, marriage in munich with beate könig
1970 other "aktionen" in new york, munich and cologne
1971 acquisition of prinzendorf castle (stage of the 6 day play)
1972 participates at the documenta 5, kassel curated by harald szeemann; first 12-hour-action (40th action) at the mercer art center in new york
1973 found of the "association for the promotion of the om theatre"
1974 the 24-hour 50th action is performed in prinzendorf
1977 beate nitsch dies in a car accident
1982 participates at the documenta 7, kassel
1983 exhibition: stedelijk van-abbe museum, eindhoven
1984 80th action: three days play, prinzendorf
1987 20th painting performance at the wiener secession, vienna
1988 marriage with rita leitenbor; exhibition: städtische galerie im lenbachhaus, munich
1989 hermann nitsch teaches a class of interdisciplinary art at the frankfurt academy of fine arts (städel-schule)
1990 first representation, 8. symphony, museum für angewandte kunst, vienna
1991 exhibition: calleria civica di arte contemporanea, trieste
1992 exhibition: pabellòn de las artes, sevilla
1993 exhibition: national gallery, prague
1994 exhibition: kunsthalle krems
1995 décor and attendance of the stage direction for the opera "hériodade" by jules massenet at the opera house, vienna
1996 performance of the 96th action, san martino, naples; 38th painting performance, schömerhaus, klosterneuburg exhibitions: museum moderner kunst stiftung wörlen, passau; palazzo delle esposizioni, rom and centre d´exposicions i documentació de l´art contemporani, palma de mallorca
1997 40th painting performance, museum of the 20th century, wien exhibition, kunsthallen göteborg
1998 „6-day-play“ from the 3rd to 9th of august in prinzendorf
1999 exhibition of relicts, relict installations and video documentation of the „100th action – 6-day-play“ at the museum moderner kunst, stiftung ludwig, palais liechtenstein, vienna and at the kiscelli museum, budapest
2000 video presentation of the extended version in several venues „6-day-play“ including los angeles, portikus, frankfurt and mönchengladbach and development of his concept of theatre and painting
2001 set- and costume-design for the opera „satyagraha“ by philip glass at the festspielhaus st. pölten; performance of the 107th action in prinzendorf
2002 performance of the 110th lehraktion (teaching action) whitechapel art gallery, london
2003 big retrospective at the essl museum, klosterneuburg performance of the 115th action essl museum, klosterneuburg
2004 performance of the 120th action: 2-day-play, prinzendorf;
2005 performance of the 122th action burgtheater, vienna; exhibitions: „the triumph of painting“, saatchi & saatchi, london; station museum of contemporary art, houston; award of the „grossen österreichischen staatspreis“
2006 exhibitions: white space gallery, bejing and at mike weiss gallery, nyc, big retrospective at martin-gropius bau, berlin;
2007 opening of the hermann nitsch museum in mistelbach, set- and costume-design for „szenen aus goethes faust“ by robert schumann at the opera house zurich
2008 opening of the museo archivio laboratorio per le arti contemporee hermann nitsch napoli by fondazione morra with an o. m. theater exhibition; exhibitions: 20th painting action in museum hermann nitsch mistelbach; consigment of the title of dr. h. c. from the university cluj, romania
2009 56th painting performance in hermann nitsch museum, mistelbach, künstlerhaus, wien, publication of the book "das sein", opening of the nitsch foundation, exhibitions: künstlerhaus, wien; kavernen, salzburg; de pont museum tilburg, holland, incubate festival in tilburg, holland, exhibition gamturin, exhibition dirimart istanbul; premiere of the "egyptian symphony", hermann nitsch museum mistelbach
2010 masterpieces from the duerckheim collection, hermann nitsch museum, mistelbach; "personal structures. time-space-existence", künstlerhaus bregenz; pentecost feast: 130th action, museum nitsch neaples; exhibition of drawings at the cabinet des dessins, musée d'art moderne, st.etienne; new museum installation, museum nitsch, naples; solo show, stella art foundation, moscow; conference, brixner symposium, brixen; smelling, nitsch foundation vienna; concert: nitsch quintett, musée d`art moderne, st. etienne
2011 group show, blood lines, mca denver; 60th painting action, mike weiss gallery, new york; obsession and intimacy: the body in contemporary austrian drawings - from alfred kubin to birgit jürgenssen, b&m theocharakis foundation for the fine arts and music, athens; 131th teaching action, leo könig inc., new york; group show, eroi, gam, turin; solo show, frühere werke aus der duerckheim collection, mzm, mistelbach; group show, personal structures, palazzo bembo, venedig; costumes and settings by hermann nitsch for saint francois d`assise by olivier messiaen, bayerische staatsoper münchen; solo show, hermann nitsch, leopold museum, vienna; organ concert, mozarteum, salzburg
2012 exhibitions: utopie gesamtkunstwerk im 21er haus, wien; levitikus, innsbruck/wien; kunstkulturkirche, frankfurt; thoman modern, innsbruck; 5 jahre hermann nitsch museum, mistelbach; explosion painting as action, moderna museet, stockholm; hermann nitsch personale im museum moderner kunst kärnten, klagenfurt; hermann nitsch: aus dem gesamtkunstwerk, galerie walker, schloss ebenau; in vivo hermann nitsch im centre pompidou, paris; galerie 422 margund lössl, gmunden; explosion painting as action; fondacio joan miro, barcelona; „a bigger splash: painting after performance art“, tate modern, london; performances: 135th action havanna, cuba; 64th painting performance at museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, mart rovereto; concerts: sinfonie for 100 pianists and 33 pianos and 1 synthesizer, tag der tausend finger / oö kulturquartier linz
2013 exhibitions: "sinne und sein - retrospektive", nitsch museum, mistelbach; group shows: "personal structures", palazzo bembo, 55th biennale venice; "la perversión de lo clásico: anarquía de los relatos", museo archeologico, cuba pavillon, 55th biennale venice; performances: 3-day-play, centraltheater leipzig; lectures: universität leipzig, museum der bildenden künste leipzig; concerts: streichquintett "1938", nitsch foundation, wien.



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works by hermann nitsch are among others in the following museums and collections: moma, new york; guggenheim collection, new york; metropolitan museum, new york; museum university of yale; walker art center, mineapolis; busch-reisinger museum harvard university, cambridge; saint louis art museum, st. louis, missouri; hudson valley center for contemporary art, peekskill, new york; tang, saratoga springs, new york; station museum of contemporary art houston, texas; gallery of ontario, toronto; tate gallery, london; musée centre georges pompidou, paris; stedelijk van abbe museum, eindhoven; stedelijk museum, amsterdam; castello di rivoli, rivoli; gam, turin; museo capodimonte, neapel; museo nitsch, neapel; galleria d´arte moderna, bologna; mart, rovereto; mar - museo d’arte della città di ravenna; kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen, düsseldorf; museum ludwig, köln; nationalgalerie berlin; lenbachhaus, münchen; staatsgemäldesammlung münchen; museum brandhorst, münchen; graphische sammlung, münchen; staatsgalerie stuttgart; kunsthalle hamburg; museum neue galerie, saarbrücken; schloss moorsbroich, leverkusen; gfzk, leipzig, kunstmuseum bern; kunstmuseum winterthur; mumok, wien; albertina, wien; österreichische galerie belvedere, wien; leopold museum, wien; lentos, linz; rupertinum, salzburg; ferdinandeum, innsbruck; sammlung essl, klosterneuburg; nitsch museum, mistelbach



exhibition, performances, concerts and lectures in bregenz, graz, innsbruck, krems/stein, st. pölten, klagenfurt, linz, salzburg; augsburg, berlin, bonn, bremen, darmstadt, dresden, düsseldorf, frankfurt, hamburg, hannover, hildesheim, kassel, köln, krefeld, leipzig, lübeck, mainz, mönchengladbach, münchen, passau, regensburg, rosenheim, speyer, stuttgart, tübingen, wiesbaden; basel, bern, winterthur, zürich; vaduz; bergamo, bologna, florenz, genua, mailand, meran, modena, napoli, padua, palermo, ravenna, rom, sorrent, lecce, trient, turin, verona; london, glasgow; paris, marseille, lyon, oiron, rouen/caen; ljubljana, piran; prag; bratislava; budapest; istanbul; tel aviv; torun, krakau; luxemburg; gent, brüssel; madrid, sevilla, valencia, palma de mallorca; lissabon; amsterdam, arnheim, eindhoven, den haag, tillburg; st. jost breda; kopenhagen; göteborg, stockholm; los angeles, new york, binghampton, cincinatti, chicago, el paso, ridgefield, taos; rio de janeiro; vancouver, toronto, halifax; sydney, melbourne; seoul; peking, shanghai; tokio

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