Austrian avant-garde artist Hermann Nitsch dies at 83
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Austrian avant-garde artist Hermann Nitsch dies at 83
Hermann Nitsch, action painting, 200 x 300 cm, oil on canvas and cotton, 2010 © Nitsch Foundation. Hermann Nitsch, action painting, 200 x 300 cm, oil on canvas and cotton, 2010 © Nitsch Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery, with the Nitsch Foundation, shared the sad news of Hermann Nitsch’s passing at age 83 on April 18, 2022, following a serious illness. As a result of his passing, the artist could not personally experience one of his great successes—the exhibition of his 20th Painting Action during the 59th Venice Biennale.

Nitsch was guided throughout his life by the intense, life-affirming philosophy that "everything that ever was and ever will be is to be." It will keep his work eternally alive.

The first part of Nitsch’s storied 6-Day-Play will be performed this summer on July 30 and 31 in Prinzendorf, Austria. Due to the pandemic, the action had to be postponed for two years. It was the artist’s wish that his total work of art, The Orgies Mysteries Theatre, a large-scale performance that engages all five senses, would continue to be presented after his passing.

The artist once said, "The 6-Day-Play of the O.M. Theatre aims to be the greatest and most important celebration of peoples—it is an aesthetic ritual glorifying existence.”

“Today the world lost a pioneering artist who redefined performance and painting through his visceral and existential work, which will continue to live on and continue to inspire generations of artists to come. His passing comes at a poignant time as we mark his achievement with an exhibition in Venice, that we hoped to celebrate with him.” --Pace’s CEO and President Marc Glimcher

We deeply mourn the death of Hermann Nitsch not only for his contributions to the world as an actionist, painter, graphic artist, and composer, but also as a husband, father, friend, mentor, and companion.

Hermann Nitsch was born on August 29, 1938 in Vienna. He is a co-founder of Viennese Actionism and, alongside Allan Kaprow, Joseph Beuys, and Günter Brus, is among the international pioneers of Performance Art. As an actionist, painter, graphic artist, stage set designer, writer, and composer, he is one of the few contemporary universal artists. The ‘Orgies Mysteries Theatre’ conceived and developed by him is the realization of his idea of the total work of art, in which all the human senses are employed. In 1971, he succeeded in acquiring Schloss Prinzendorf in Lower Austria for his OM Theatre, in which he was able in 1998 to realise his ultimate 6-day play after decades of preparation. Since 2007, a museum in Mistelbach has been dedicated to him, presenting his work in ever-new facets. Nitsch has been exhibited at documenta many times and has been represented at the Biennale in Venice and in Sydney. He has carried out more than 150 actions worldwide and received retrospectives in the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; the Lenbachhaus, Munich; the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; and the Albertina, Vienna.

Works by Nitsch can be found in the most important collections and museums in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Collection, New York; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Tate, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Castello die Rivoli; the GAM, Turin; the Mart, Rovereto; the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Nationalgalerie Berlin; the Lenbachhaus, Munich; the Staatsgemäldesammlung Munich; the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; the Kunsthalle Hamburg; the Kunstmuseum Bern; the Kunstmuseum Winterthur; the Albertina, Vienna; mumok, Vienna; and the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna; and Leopold Museum, Vienna. In 2008, Giuseppe Morra, a longtime patron of the artist, opened Museo Hermann Nitsch in Naples, Italy dedicated exclusively to the work of the artist.

Today's News

April 21, 2022

Venice Biennale: Attacking Mexico, with Mexico's approval

Austrian avant-garde artist Hermann Nitsch dies at 83

Monet masterpiece will highlight the 20th Century Evening Sale in New York

Christie's announces 'Old Masters: Drawings, Paintings, Sculptures sale on 18 May

Modern and contemporary art will be the focus of Dorotheum's major auction week from 31 May to 2 June

Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents 'The Female Voice in Modern Design, 1950-2000'

Collection of Claude "Henry" Withers & John Baldwin Trust drive Hindman Native American Art Auction to over $1.1 million

Prints by Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat bring record prices at Heritage Auctions

Artis-Naples announces gift of Pam Longobardi's Swerve to the Baker Museum permanent collection

A 'product of colonialism' represents France at the Venice Biennale

Fondazione In Between Art Film presents 'Penumbra' in Venice

An immersive show taps 'an oracle' for a spin on Greek myth

The wolf of crypto

A nonbinary swan, on pointe

Haviv Kaptzon is the 2022 recipient of the Keshet Award

Sleeping beauty Mercedes 190 SL awake after 45 years

Opening this week At Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art: Shinique Smith, STARGAZERS

Bolivian artist Kenia Almaraz Murillo exhibits at Boulakia Gallery in London

Heritage Auctions offers NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott's collection in May to benefit his Bay Area nonprofit

Maya Lin's ecologically focused work on view in exclusive exhibition at Virginia MOCA

Estonia's exhibition for La Biennale di Venezia opens in the Rietveld Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale

Radu Lupu, pianist who awed listeners, dies at 76

Christie's and amfAR present 'From the Studio to Benefit amfAR'

Greek coins fetch strong prices in Dix Noonan Webb's Sale of Ancient and Islamic Coins and Antiquities

Three Art Museums That You Should Visit in New York If You Love Art & Design

Daddy Daycare: Eddie Murphy's Signal that Western Civilization is About to End

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful