Personal exhibition by Hermann Nitsch "The Orgies Mysteries Theatre"

In the 1960s, Austrian avangard artist Hermann Nitsch , together with Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, formed one of the most radical 20th century art movements, which became known is art history as Viennese Actionism. As his life's work he sees the Orgies Mysteries Theatre (Das Orgien-Mysterien-Theater), an intense artistic experience bringing together painting, theatre, music and lyrics with liturgical, religious elements, which was established in the late 1950s.

The Orgies Mysteries Theatre is based on the idea of creating something that exceeds a theatre production, and Hermann Nitsch believes that is only possible when both viewer and actor are involved and transformed to an equal extent. In a sense, it is art therapy, at which the Viennese Actionists arrived by gradually studying the works of Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich.

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design 16.11.2021 - 12.12.2021
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