14 October – 14 November, 2021
Opera Gallery London
Opera Gallery London is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring recent paintings as well as
historic works by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch.
Considered a key figure in Viennese Actionism
of the 1960s, Hermann Nitsch continues
to use a radical method of painting, essentially through his creation of the Orgien Mysterien
Theatre, a concept of ceremonial performance art comparable to Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk (total art
This total art form calls to all five human senses and advocates for a profound existentialist
reflection. Hermann Nitsch creates his paintings using his entire body. Therefore, they are
simultaneously the origin and the result
of his performances. Using or applying oil or acrylic paint of a certain hue, he spreads it on
canvas using unconventional tools as well as his hands, feet and whole body movements. Through these
actions, Nitsch demonstrates his energetic,
spiritual, sensual and passionate persona. Chaos and violence, which accompany his work, are in fact
a celebration of life and mirror the human soul.