Opera Gallery, London
October 14 – November 14, 2021
Opera Gallery London is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring recent paintings as well as historic works by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch. Considered a key figure in Viennese Actionism of the 1960s, Hermann Nitsch continues to use a radical method of painting, essentially through his creation of the Orgien Mysterien Theatre, a concept of ceremonial performance art comparable to Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk (total art work).
This total art form calls to all five human senses and advocates for a profound existentialist reflection. Hermann Nitsch creates his paintings using his entire body. Therefore, they are simultaneously the origin and the result of his performances. Using or applying oil or acrylic paint of a certain hue, he spreads it on canvas using unconventional tools as well as his hands, feet and whole body movements. Through these actions, Nitsch demonstrates his energetic, spiritual, sensual and passionate persona. Chaos and violence, which accompany his work, are in fact a celebration of life and mirror the human soul.
His work are exhibited in the two Nitsch Museum in Mistelbach and Naples as well as in the Nitsch Foundation in Vienna and can be found in the permanent collections of preeminent international museums and galleries, including MoMa, Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum New York, Tate Gallery London, The Centre Pompidou Paris, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich and many more.