Hermann Nitsch, born on August 29, 1938, and passed away on April 18, 2022, was a renowned Austrian contemporary artist and composer known for his involvement in Viennese Actionism. 

In the 1950s, Nitsch conceived his famous "Orgies Mysteries Theatre," a grand and immersive performance known as the 6-Day-Play. During the early stages of his painting career, he employed a technique called Action painting, which involved splattering paint onto canvases. Some of his works from the 1960s featured the inclusion of fabric and blood, further emphasizing the visceral nature of his artistic vision.

From the 1970s onward, Nitsch also delved into graphic prints that explored the intricate structure of the human body, referring to them as "the architecture of the O.M. Theatre." During the 1990s, he incorporated paint and blood splashes into his printmaking process, establishing a dialogue between his works on canvas and those on paper. 

Throughout his illustrious career, Nitsch's creations were showcased in prestigious institutions worldwide, including the MoMA inn NY, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Leopold Museum and Albertina Museum in Vienna, among others. His performances captivated audiences across the globe, with notable venues including Vienna, New York, London, Havana, Leipzig, Hobart, and various other locations.

For over six decades, Hermann Nitsch has cultivated a diverse and immersive artistic practice that encompasses a wide range of mediums. His creative pursuits span performance, painting, drawing, printmaking, film, photography, music, poetry, and philosophy. As a prominent figure of the Austrian avant-garde, Nitsch played a crucial role as one of the founders of the Viennese Actionism movement during the 1960s and 1970s. This groundbreaking movement disrupted the established norms and conventions of the art world, bringing forth provocative and irreverent performance art that captured the attention of Vienna's art scene in the latter half of the 20th century. Nitsch's artistic contributions have solidified his position as a significant figure in European art history. His influence extends beyond geographical boundaries, with renowned American artists such as Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, Chris Burden, and others citing him as a source of inspiration in their own works.


Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris will present a solo show with his work in October 2023.