Hermann Nitsch  (Austrian, 1938) 

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Hermann Nitsch Biography
1938   Born in Vienna
1953 - 1954   Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt, Vienna
1957   Assistant at the Technical Museum, Vienna
1957   Creates the concept of the Orgies Mysteries Theater, a six day event that continues to captivate him throughout his career
1960 - 1966   Actions and exhibitions resulting in various court trials and three prison sentences, Vienna, Austria
1985   Würdigungspreis für Kunst by the Austriam Ministry of Education and Art
1985   Visiting Professor at the Academy of Art, Hamburg
1989   Since 1989 teaches at the summer-academy, Salzburg
1989   Teacher at the Academy of Visual Arts, Frankfurt
1989 - 2003   Teaches at the Städelschule in Frankfurt (class for interdisciplinary art)
  Lives and works in Prinzendorf
Selected Exhibitions
2013   Through a Glass Darkly: Faces Past and Present, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2013   Senses and Being—Retrospective, Nitsch Museum, Mistelbach, Austria (solo)
2013   Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
2013   East Building Opening, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
2013   Flesh and Blood, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2012   Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation New Acquisitions and Prints, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
2012   135th Action at the 11th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (forthcoming)
2012   Explosion: Painting as Action, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2012   Gold, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
2012   Levitikus, Thoman modern, Innsbruck, Austria (solo)
2012   Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012   A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance, Tate Modern, London, England
2012   About Caravaggio, Visioni & Illusioni Contemporanee, Scuderie Aldobrandini, Museo Tuscolano Frascati, Rome, Italy
2012   The Nature of Disappearance: Part 2 (Curated by Dieter Buchhart), Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2011 - 2012   Strukturen, Leopold Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria
2011   Hermann Nitsch in Munich, Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich, Germany (solo)
2011   Personal Structures, 54. Venice Biennial, Palazzo Bembo, Venice
2011   Hermann Nitsch Die Apotheke / The Pharmacy, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY (in collaboration with Mike Weiss Gallery) (solo)
2011   Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2011   Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ
2011   Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2011   L'Insoutenable Legerete de l etre, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York and Paris
2011   60.Painting Action // 60.Malaktion, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2011   Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado (solo)
2010   New Acquisitions, Musee d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France
2010   Hermann Nitsch, Musee d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France (solo)
2010   Personal Structures. Time-Space Existence, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria (solo)
2010   Hermann Nitsch Masterpieces of the Duerckheim Collection, Museumszentrum, Mistlebach, Austria (solo)
2010   Pentecost celebration: 130. Aktion, Hermann Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy (solo)
2010   Das Orgien Mysterien Theater, Stella Art Foundation, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2010   Smelling, Nitsch Foundation, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2009   Opening, Nitsch Foundation, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2009   Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2009   Stations of the Cross, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands
2009   Works of the 56. Action Painting by Hermann Nitsch, Museumszentrum Mistlebach, Austria (solo)
2009   45 Jahre Hermann Nitsch, Nitsch Foundation in den Kavernen 1595, Salzburg, Austria
2009   The Past, the Present, and the Disciples of Nitsch, Box Art Galleria d'Arte, Verona, Italy
2009   Hermann Nitsch, Galleria Sant Agostino Casa d'Aste, Turin, Italy (solo)
2009   An Open Window on the World of Art, Galleria Civica dArts Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
2009   Stations of the Cross, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2008   Galerie Fortlaan, Ghent, Belgium (group)
2008   Triennale Yokohama, Tokio (group)
2008   Galerie Lelong, Zurich (solo)
2008   Galerie Weihergut, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2008   Yamamoto Gendai, Tokio (solo)
2008   Opening of Museo Archivio Labratorio Hermann Nitsch Neapel (solo)
2008   Fondazione Morra, Neapel (solo)
2008   Form as Strategy, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, New York
2008   Five Year Anniversary Show, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2008   Ebb and Flow, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Opening of Hermann Nitsch Museums, Mistelbach, Austria (solo)
2007   Galerie Hilger, Vienna (solo)
2007   The Orgies Mysteries Theater, Galleria de foscherari, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2007   Galerie publicbeaumont, Paris (solo)
2007   Box art galleria d' arte, Verona, Italy (solo)
2007   Marina di Ravenna, sale espositive Park Hotel, Ravenna, Italy (solo)
2007   Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy (solo)
2007   Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium (solo)
2007   Fondazione Morra, Neapel, Italy (solo)
2006   Galerie Curtze, Vienna (solo)
2006   Primo Piano Livingallery, Lecce, Italy (solo)
2006   Galerie Weihergut, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2006   Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (solo)
2006   Mike Weiss Gallery, New York (solo)
2006   Galerie Yamamoto Genday, Tokyo (solo)
2006   Galerie White Space, Peking (solo)
2006   Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg (group)
2006   Eye on Europe: Prints, Books and Multiples / 1960 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2006   Twice Drawn, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, NY
2006   Retrospective, Nationalgalerie Staaliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
2006   Realm of the Spirit, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Reverence, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
2006   Intensive Painting, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva
2006   Hermann Nitsch and Erika Schmied, Galerie 422 Margund Lossl, Gmunden, Austria
2005   Entourage, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2005   The Orgies Mysteries Theater, The Station Museum, Houston TX (solo)
2005   Le renard, Staatoper Wien, Vienna (solo)
2005   Saatchi Gallery, London (solo)
2005   Performance: Burgtheater, Vienna
2005   Arte contemporaneo austriaco y pintura de la posguerra, Mexico City (group)
2005   Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA
2005   Station Museum of Contemporary Art Houston, Texas, USA (solo)
2005   Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria
2004   Mike Weiss Gallery, New York (solo)
2004   Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
2004   Performance: 2-Tages-Spiel des Orgien Mysterien Theaters, Schloss Prinzendorf, Austria
2004   Haus der Musik, Vienna
2004   Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
2004   Galerie Curtze, Vienna
2004   Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2004   Graphische Sammlung im Stadelmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2004   Site Santa Fe Biennial, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2004   Tango, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Art Scarplin, Merano, Italy (solo)
2003   Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy (solo)
2003   Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Germany (solo)
2003   Good Morning Balkan, Athens, Greece
2003   Retrospective, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg (solo)
2002   Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy (solo)
2002   Gallery Fortlaan, Ghent, Belgium (solo)
2002   20 years Galerie Steinek, Vienna (group)
2001   Oberes Belevedere, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2001   Hurlimannareal, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2001   Haburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000   White Box Gallery Philadelphia
2000   Palazzo Steline, Milan, Italy
2000   Galleria Communale D'Arte Moderna e Contemoranea, Rome, Italy (solo)
2000   Paradise Lost, Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany
2000   Faith, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CN
2000   6 Views of the 6-Day-Play, Video Presentation, Barnsdall Art Park
2000   Gallery Theater, Los Angeles, CA
1999 - 2000   Das. 20 Jahrhundert - Ein Jahrhundert Kunst in Deutschland, Nationalgalerie Berlin
1999   Mumok, Vienna, Austria
1999   Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, Hungary
1999   White Box Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Out of Actions—Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
1998   Beyond the Pink, Video Presentation, Art Center, Pasadena, CA
1998   Galerie Frank Hanel, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1997   Retrospective, Konsthallen Goteborg, Sweden (solo)
1997   Retrospective, Musee D'Art et D'Histoire, Luxembourg (solo)
1997   St. Peter an der Sperr, Wiener Neustadt, Austria (solo)
1997   Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg (solo)
1997   Neue Galerie der Stadt, Linz, Austria (solo)
1997   Underwoodstreet Gallery, London, England (solo)
1997   Kunstraum, Innsbruck, Austria (solo)
1997   Galerie Prantl, Oberlech, Austria (solo)
1997   Die Epoche der Moderne, Kunst im 20. Jhdt., Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
1997   Sinnlicher Sommer, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
1997   Body, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1997   Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
1996   Galerie Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
1996   Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Worlen, Passau, Germany (solo)
1996   Palazzo delle Exposizioni, Retrospective, Rome, Italy (solo)
1996   Kunstverein Gmunden, Hipp-Halle, Austria (solo)
1996   Retrospective, Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain (solo)
1996   Retrospective, Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain (solo)
1996   Galerie Giuseppe Morra, Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy (solo)
1996   Retrospective, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
1995   Retrospektivausstellung, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1995   Galerie Barlach, Halle-K, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1995   Ausstellung und Aktion in der Trinitatiskirche, Koln, Germany (solo)
Selected Public Collections
  Guggenheim, New York
  Kunstmuseum, Winterthur
  The Richard Massey Foundation, New York
  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum, Linz
  Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut
  Rupertinum, Salzburg
  Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg
  Sammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  Schloss Moorsbroich, Leverkusen
  Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
  Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
  Tate Gallery, London
  The Marino Golinelli Collection, Bologna
  Kunstmuseum, Winterthur
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  MoMA, New York
  Musee Centre George Pompidou, Paris
  Museo Capodimonte, Naples
  Museum Ludwig Köln Lenbachhaus, Munich
  Museum Moderner Kunst-Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
  Museum Neue Galerie, Saarbrücken
  Nationalgalerie, Berlin
  Nationalgalerie, Munich
  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Boston
  Castello di Rivoli, Turin
  Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, New York
  Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York
  Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
  Galleria D’Arte Moderna, Bologna
  Graphische Sammlung, Munich
  Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  Kunstmuseum, Bern
2012   Ponce, Mildry. Action 135: Proposal of Austrian Artist Hermann Nitsch at the Havana Biennial, Cubanow.net, May 21, 2012
2011   Hermann Nitsch's graphic art at the Vienna Leopold Museum, Yahoo News, November, 2011
2011   Haden-Guest, Anthony. High Performance, The Art Economist , May 2011
2011   Vaeth, Sarah. Hermann Nitsch at MCA Denver, ARTWRIT, May 2011
2011   McClemont, Doug. Hermann Nitsch - Mike Weiss Gallery, ARTnews, May 2011
2011   Kuspit, Donald. Hermann Nitsch - Mike Weiss Gallery, ARTFORUM, May 2011
2011   Mulvihill, Evan. Bash Compactor: Gutsy Art, New York Press, March 30, 2011
2011   Rosenberg, Judy; Corrado, Damen. Eternal Laughter: Hermann Nitsch 60. Painting Action, Imperium Pictures, March 4, 2011
2011   Best Events, ReadyMade, February 24, 2011
2011   Rothberg, Rebecca. Hermann Nitsch Rises Again, On-Verge, February 21, 2011
2011   Schultz, Charlie. Maestro in Action, ArtSlant, February 20, 2011
2011   Miller, Leigh Anne. Hermann Nitsch Takes Action, With Help From Friends, Art in America, February 16, 2011
2011   Kalm, James. Hermann Nitsch 60 Painting Action at Mike Weiss Gallery, Art Review, February 17, 2011
2011   Maliszewski, Lynn. Experiencing Hermann Nitsch’s First Live Action in the US, Hyperallergic, February 16, 2011
2011   Vartanian, Hrag. A Few Moments at Hermann Nitsch’s Chelsea Event, Hyperallergic, February 17, 2011
2011   Gusky, Bill. Hermann Nitsch, Artblog Comments, February 19, 2011
2011   Hermann Nitsch: Extension 2, Contemporaneousextension.com, February 24, 2011
2011   Hermann Nitsch: Extension 1, Contemporaneousextension.com, February 16, 2011
2011   Hosch, Rainer. Hermann Nitsch 60. Malaktion Part 1, In case you were wondering…, February 24, 2011
2007   Hermann Nitsch get his own museum, The Art Newspaper, June 2007, illus.
2006   Ayers, Robert. The AI Interview: Hermann Nitsch, www.artinfo.com, November 2006, illus.
2006   Föl, Heike. Hermann Nitsch, Martin-Gropius-Bau, ARTFORUM, January 2007, illus
2005   Cotter, Holland. Walker Art Center Probes Created Fringes and Finds New Stars, The New York Times, Friday, April 15, 2005, illus.
2005   Riding, Alan. Powerful Collector Changes Course, The New York Times, Saturday, January 29, 2005, illus.
2004   Raymond, Jonathan. Hermann Nitsch, Mike Weiss Gallery, ARTFORUM, May 2004, illus.
1998   Smith, Roberta. When Art Became a Stage and Artists Actors, The New York Times, April 5, 1998, illus.