HERMANN NITSCH 64.MALAKTION AT THE MART
October 2-7, 2012
During the Contemporary Art Day planned for Saturday, 6th October 2012, the Mart di Rovereto hosted the 64th Malaktion (Painting-Action) by Hermann Nitsch, one of the founders of the Viennese Actionism movement and designer of Das Orgien Mysterien Theater (Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries), which indissolubly combines life, art, philosophy, music, theatre and painting.
Saturday 6th marked the key moment in an event lasting an entire week, from 2nd to 7th October: Nitsch and his assistants constructed the performance in the first-floor rooms of the Mart during eight days of pictorial action. Through movements of their hands and bodies, colours of various consistencies were sprayed, spread, dripped and poured on to large white canvases laid out on the floor and walls.
The canvases were then be raised and placed on the rooms of the walls, remaining visible until 8th October. In this way, the artist will fulfil the Wagnerian ideal of the total work of art – a single complex between result and process – that has always been a source of inspiration to Nitsch.
The event was realised by the Mart in collaboration with the Museo Archivio Laboratorio per le Arti Contemporanee Hermann Nitsch of Naples and Boxart Gallery in Verona.