Hermann Nitsch

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Hermann Nitsch was born in Vienna in 1938. 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. In 1972 he participated in Documenta V, Kassel, and staged 'Aktions' at the Mercer Center and Everson Museum of Art. In 1984, Hermann Nitsch staged a performance that lasted three days and three nights at Prinzendorf. In 1988 he married Rita Leitenbor. In the mid-90s he co-directed and designed the set for the opera Herodiade by Jules Massenet at the Vienna State Opera. In 1996 he performed an 'Aktion' in the wine-yards of San Martino (Napoli), and in 1998 staged the 6-day play in Prinzendorf, an 'Aktion' that Hermann Nitsch sees as the greatest achievement of his career.
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30-382 Hermann Nitsch - Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel album art Hermann Nitsch Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel(LP + Box) Galerie Klewan 30-382 Austria 1972 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - Requiem Für Meine Frau Beate album art Hermann Nitsch Requiem Für Meine Frau Beate (Album) Edizioni Morra Italy 1977 Sell This Version
0730, none Hermann Nitsch - Das Berliner Konzert album art 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
none Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 Galerie Petersen album art Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 Galerie Petersen(LP, Ltd) Dieter Roth's Verlag none Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - Island: Eine Sinfonie In 10 Sätzen album art Hermann Nitsch Island: Eine Sinfonie In 10 Sätzen (Album) Dieter Roth's Verlag Switzerland 1980 Sell This Version
none Hermann Nitsch - Das Orgien Mysterien Theater - 5. Sinfonie album art Hermann Nitsch Das Orgien Mysterien Theater - 5. Sinfonie(2xCass, Album, C60) Dieter Roth's Verlag none Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 80. Aktion album art Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 80. Aktion Dieter Roth's Verlag Germany 1984 Sell This Version
YEDERMANN 29838, 29 838 Hermann Nitsch - Klaviersonate. Nachtstück Für Harmonium album art Hermann Nitsch Klaviersonate. Nachtstück Für Harmonium(LP, Album) Yedermann Productions, Yedermann Productions YEDERMANN 29838, 29 838 Austria 1984 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - 7. Sinfonie album art Hermann Nitsch 7. Sinfonie (Album) Dieter Roth's Verlag Switzerland 1985 Sell This Version
none Hermann Nitsch - 77. Aktion album art Hermann Nitsch 77. Aktion(2xCass, Ltd, Num) Verlag Des O.M. Theaters none Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1985 Sell This Version
115. Karton Hermann Nitsch - Orgelkonzert 9. Dez. 1986. Linz album art Hermann Nitsch Orgelkonzert 9. Dez. 1986. Linz(2xCass, Ltd, Num, C90) Edition Hundertmark 115. Karton Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - 6. Sinfonie – Allerheiligensinfonie album art Hermann Nitsch 6. Sinfonie – Allerheiligensinfonie (Album) Freibord Austria 1988 Sell This Version
S & A 1988 01/2 Hermann Nitsch - Orgelkonzert - Das Zürcher Konzert album art Hermann Nitsch Orgelkonzert - Das Zürcher Konzert(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num) Schedle & Arpagaus S & A 1988 01/2 Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
none Hermann Nitsch - Die Tiefe Des Alls (Das Harmoniumwerk 1983-1989) album art Hermann Nitsch Die Tiefe Des Alls (Das Harmoniumwerk 1983-1989)(20xCass, Ltd, Num, sig) O. M. Theater none Germany 1989 Sell This Version
DOM US CD 10 Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 1 album art Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 1(CD, Album, RE) Dom America DOM US CD 10 US 1991 Sell This Version
DOM US CD 11 Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 2 album art Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 80. Aktion • Volume I Platte 2(CD, Album) Dom America DOM US CD 11 US 1994 Sell This Version
yedermann 31294 Hermann Nitsch - Komposition Für Orgel album art Hermann Nitsch Komposition Für Orgel(CD, Album) Yedermann Productions yedermann 31294 Austria 1995 Sell This Version
plana-N 1AKT004 Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 / Musik Für Rita Nitsch Geburtstag album art 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
WAD 002 Hermann Nitsch - Musik Zur 38. Malaktion album art Hermann Nitsch Musik Zur 38. Malaktion(LP) Welt Am Draht WAD 002 Austria 1998 Sell This Version
plana-N 2AKT.014 Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 66. Aktion album art Hermann Nitsch Musik Der 66. Aktion(2xCD, Album) Alga Marghen plana-N 2AKT.014 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters album art Hermann Nitsch Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters Cortical Foundation US 1999 Sell This Version
Hermann Nitsch - Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters: Day 5 album art Hermann Nitsch Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters: Day 5 Cortical Foundation US 2000 Sell This Version
organ of Corti 20.2 Hermann Nitsch - Harmoniumwerk Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 album art Hermann Nitsch Harmoniumwerk Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8(2xCD, Album, RE) Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 20.2 US 2000 Sell This Version
organ of Corti 20.3 Hermann Nitsch - Harmoniumwerk Volumes 9, 10, 11, 12 album art Hermann Nitsch Harmoniumwerk Volumes 9, 10, 11, 12(2xCD, Album, RE) Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 20.3 US 2000 Sell This Version
organ of Corti 20.1 Hermann Nitsch - Harmoniumwerk Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 album art Hermann Nitsch Harmoniumwerk Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4(2xCD, Album, RE) Cortical Foundation organ of Corti 20.1 US 2000 Sell This Version