Museum Exhibition

Hermann Nitsch. The Orgies Mysteries Theatre
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Rīga
16 October - 12 December 2021

“The Orgies Mysteries Theatre”, a personal exhibition by Austrian avant-garde artist Hermann Nitsch, will be presented at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga from 16 October to 12 December 2021.

The venue of the exhibition, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (MDAD), which is housed in the former St. George’s Church and is the oldest preserved stone structure in Riga (built in 1204), is not coincidental, as recreation of Christian rituals is one of the most important elements of the artist’s oeuvre. Thus, the building itself becomes an essential part of the exhibition, joining together key points in Nitsch’s creative output. The exposition includes the most significant of Hermann Nitsch’s artistic rituals – documentary video from the actions of his Orgies Mysteries Theatre with culmination in the action 6-Day-Play, examples of action painting, large-format graphic art and documentary photographs.


The Orgies Mysteries Theatre is the first exhibition of Hermann Nitsch’s work in the Baltic States, making it a unique opportunity to get to know the author who has left a significant mark not only on the fields of action painting and performance, but also the development of contemporary theatre.


Find more information here.