Hermann Nitsch

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Austrian avant-garde artist, born 29 August 1938 in Vienna, Austria, died 18 April 2022 in Mistelbach, Austria.

While studying graphic illustration, he became interested in religious art. He made copies from Rembrandt’s 100 Gulden Blatt and Christ Crucified, and from other religious themes by artists such as Tintoretto and El Greco. Other drawings Hermann Nitsch made at this time were strongly influenced by Cézanne, Klimt and Munch, amongst others. From around 1957 onwards, the depiction of Dionysian revelry and ceremonies began to feature in his work.
In 1957, Hermann Nitsch’s idea for a radical theatre was conceived, which he called the Orgien Mysterien Theater. The O.M. Theatre took its shape from ideas about Aristotelian catharsis, Freudian psychology, conventional theatre, and Dionysic orgy. It is an attempt to create a Gesamtkunstwerk, a ’total art’, or mystical experience that involves all the senses.
The first performances of the O. M. Theatre consisted of Hermann Nitsch and friends using animal carcasses, entrails, and blood in a ritualistic way. The cloths, bandages and other fabrics used in these performances introduced Nitsch to the idea of making paintings. 1960 saw the first exhibition of his 'Aktion' paintings in Vienna. In the mid-60s Nitsch’s theatre pieces were also performed in Vienna.
During that period, his use of taboo images put him out of favour with the authorities. His ’Aktions’ were interrupted by the police and closed down. Hermann Nitsch served time in prison for blasphemy and provoking a scandal. In 1968, Jonas Mekas invited him to New York, where he met the Fluxus performance artists. He staged 'Aktions' in the streets of New York, as well as at the Judson Church & Cinematheque.
In 1971 Hermann Nitsch bought Prinzendorf castle in the wine-producing area of northern Austria, so that it might become a centre for the activities of the O. M. Theatre. During this time Hermann Nitsch staged performances and exhibitions in Italy, France, the US, and Germany. He was also planning a three day (and night) performance.
The music that Hermann Nitsch composed himself was becoming increasingly prominent in his performances
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30-382 Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel (Album) Galerie Klewan 30-382 Austria 1972 Sell This Version
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0729 Requiem Für Meine Frau Beate — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Requiem Für Meine Frau Beate (Album) Edizioni Morra 0729 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
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0730, none Das Berliner Konzert — Hermann Nitsch Attersee, Brus*, Nitsch*, Rainer*, Roth*, Rühm*, Steiger*, Wiener*, Selten Gehörte Musik Attersee, Brus*, Nitsch*, Rainer*, Roth*, Rühm*, Steiger*, Wiener*, Selten Gehörte Musik - Das Berliner Konzert(3xLP + Box) Edizioni Lotta Poetica, Studio Morra 0730, none Italy 1978 Sell This Version
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none Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 Galerie Petersen — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 Galerie Petersen(LP, Ltd) Dieter Roth's Verlag none Germany 1979 Sell This Version
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JST 246 Island: Eine Sinfonie In 10 Sätzen — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Island: Eine Sinfonie In 10 Sätzen (Album) Dieter Roth's Verlag JST 246 Switzerland 1980 Sell This Version
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none Das Orgien Mysterien Theater - 5. Sinfonie — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Das Orgien Mysterien Theater - 5. Sinfonie(2xCass, Album, C60) Dieter Roth's Verlag none Germany 1980 Sell This Version
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none Musik Der 80. Aktion — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 80. Aktion Dieter Roth's Verlag none Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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YEDERMANN 29838, 29 838 Klaviersonate. Nachtstück Für Harmonium — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Klaviersonate. Nachtstück Für Harmonium(LP, Album) Yedermann Productions, Yedermann Productions YEDERMANN 29838, 29 838 Austria 1984 Sell This Version
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none 7. Sinfonie — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch 7. Sinfonie (Album) Dieter Roth's Verlag none Switzerland 1985 Sell This Version
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none 77. Aktion — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch 77. Aktion(2xCass, Ltd, Num) Verlag Des O.M. Theaters none Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1985 Sell This Version
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115. Karton Orgelkonzert 9. Dez. 1986. Linz — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Orgelkonzert 9. Dez. 1986. Linz(2xCass, Ltd, Num, C90) Edition Hundertmark 115. Karton Germany 1987 Sell This Version
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none 6. Sinfonie – Allerheiligensinfonie — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch 6. Sinfonie – Allerheiligensinfonie (Album) Freibord none Austria 1988 Sell This Version
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S & A 1988 01/2 Orgelkonzert - Das Zürcher Konzert — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Orgelkonzert - Das Zürcher Konzert(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num) Schedle & Arpagaus S & A 1988 01/2 Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
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none Die Tiefe Des Alls (Das Harmoniumwerk 1983-1989) — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Die Tiefe Des Alls (Das Harmoniumwerk 1983-1989)(20xCass, Ltd, Num, sig) O. M. Theater none Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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DOM US CD 10 Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 1 — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 1(CD, Album, RE) Dom America DOM US CD 10 US 1991 Sell This Version
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DOM US CD 11 Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 2 — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 2(CD, Album) Dom America DOM US CD 11 US 1994 Sell This Version
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yedermann 31294 Komposition Für Orgel — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Komposition Für Orgel(CD, Album) Yedermann Productions yedermann 31294 Austria 1995 Sell This Version
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plana-N 1AKT004 Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 / Musik Für Rita Nitsch Geburtstag — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 / Musik Für Rita Nitsch Geburtstag(CD, Album) Alga Marghen plana-N 1AKT004 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
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plana-N 2AKT.014 Musik Der 66. Aktion — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 66. Aktion(2xCD, Album) Alga Marghen plana-N 2AKT.014 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
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WAD 002 Musik Zur 38. Malaktion — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Musik Zur 38. Malaktion(LP) Welt Am Draht WAD 002 Austria 1998 Sell This Version
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organ of Corti 16 Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 16 US 1999 Sell This Version
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organ of Corti 17 Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters: Day 5 — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters: Day 5 Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 17 US 2000 Sell This Version
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organ of Corti 20.2 Harmoniumwerk Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Harmoniumwerk Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8(2xCD, Album, RE) Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 20.2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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organ of Corti 20.3 Harmoniumwerk Volumes 9, 10, 11, 12 — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Harmoniumwerk Volumes 9, 10, 11, 12(2xCD, Album, RE) Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 20.3 US 2000 Sell This Version
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organ of Corti 20.1 Harmoniumwerk Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 — Hermann Nitsch Hermann Nitsch Harmoniumwerk Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4(2xCD, Album, RE) Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 20.1 US 2000 Sell This Version