curriculum vitae

1938 born in Vienna
1957 develops the idea of the orgien mysterien theatre, a six days long festival whose conception is based on the main artist philosophy and that has been developing till today. the o.m. theatre is a new form of a total work of art where reality is staged. all five senses of the participants are claimed.
1960 aktionen (action performances) and exhibitions take place in vienna, which result in several court trials and three prison terms. therefore he leaves austria and moves to germany where he lives till 1978.
1962 1st “aktion” in vienna
1966 the destruction in art symposium (dias), london, 20th action, vienna
1968 cinématheque, new york, performance of the 25th and 26th action;
university of cincinnati, 28th action, moves to bayern, germany, marriage in munich with beate könig
1970 other “aktionen” in new york, munich and cologne
1971 acquisition of prinzendorf castle (stage of the orgies mysteries theatre)
1972 participates at the documenta 5, kassel curated by harald szeemann;
first 12-hour-action (40th action) at the mercer art center in new york
1973 founding of the “Verein zur Förderung des Orgien Mysterien Theaters” (association to support the o.m. theatre)
1975 the 24-hour 50th action is performed in prinzendorf (1st day and night of the 6-day-play)
1977 beate nitsch dies in a car accident
1982 participates again at the documenta 7, kassel
1983 exhibitions: stedelijk van abbemuseum, eindhoven, participation at the group show “der hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk”, museum moderner Kunst, Vienna
1984 80th action: 3-days-play, prinzendorf; exhibition: galeria franz paoludetto, torino; hermann nitsch starts working on his large print œuvre: “the architecture of the orgies mysteries theatre” published by Fred Jahn Galerie, Munich (1984-93)
1986 exhibitions: Sala Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Madrid; Rupertinum, Salzburg; Secession, Vienna; PAC, Milan; Renaissance Society at the University, Chicago; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
1987 20th painting performance at the wiener secession, vienna; exhibition: villa pingatelli, naples
1988 marriage with rita leitenbor; exhibition: städtische galerie im lenbachhaus, munich; participates at the Sydney Biennale
1989 exhibitions: Museum des 20. Jahrunderts, Vienna; Kunstverein, Salzburg; Luhring & Augustine, New York. hermann nitsch teaches a class of interdisciplinary art at the Städelschule, the frankfurt academy of fine arts (until 2003 ) and regularly at Summeracademy in Salzburg.
1990 world premiere of the 8th symphony, museum für angewandte kunst, vienna; exhibitions: Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Museum der Moderne Salzburg; National Gallery Prague; Kunsthalle Krems; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
1991 exhibitions: Galleria Civica di arte Contemporanea, Trient; St. Petri, Lübeck; Festspielhaus Bregenz; Traklhaus, Salzburg
1992 exhibition: pabellòn de las artes, expo sevilla
1993 exhibitions: national gallery, prague; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
1994 exhibitions: Kunsthalle, Krems; Raiffeisenhalle, Frankfurt; Casina Vanvitelliana, Fusaro (Naples); Kärntner Landesmuseum, Klagenfurt
1995 décor and contribution to the stage direction for the opera “hériodade” by jules massenet at the opera house, vienna, exhibitions: Künstlerhaus, Vienna; Trinitatiskirche, Cologne
1996 96th action at vigna san martino, fondazione morra, naples; 38th painting performance, schömerhaus, klosterneuburg; exhibitions: museum moderner kunst stiftung wörlen, passau; palazzo delle esposizioni, rome; retrospective at Centre d’exposicions i documentació de l’Art Contemporani, Casa Solleric, Palma de Mallorca
1997 40th painting performance, museum of the 20th century, Vienna
exhibition, kunsthallen göteborg; Museé d’Art et d’Historie, Luxemburg; Neue Galerie, Linz; Kunstraum, Innsbruck
1998 „6-day-play“ from the 3rd to 9th of august in prinzendorf; exhibitions: Kulturhaus, Weiz; participation in the group show “out of action” MOCA, Los Angeles; MAK, Vienna; MACBA, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; CD-Publication “Island Symphonie” (world premiere 1980)
1999 exhibition of relicts, relict installations and video documentation of the „100th action – 6-day-play“ at the museum moderner kunst, stiftung ludwig, palais liechtenstein, vienna and at the kiscelli museum, budapest; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn; concert performance of the music of the 6-days-play at Radiokulturhaus, Vienna
2000 video presentation in several venues „6-day-play“ including los angeles, portikus, frankfurt and mönchengladbach. continous work on the O.M. Theatre and development of the painterly and theatric concept.  exhibition: Palazzo Stelline, Milan
2001 set- and costume-design for the opera „satyagraha“ by philip glass at the festspielhaus st. pölten; performance of the 107th action in prinzendorf; exhibitions: Österreichische Galerie Oberes Belvedere, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
2002 performance of the 110th lehraktion (teaching action) whitechapel art gallery, london; Ausstellungen: Fondazione Morra,  Naples; Kulturhaus, Bruck an der Mur; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
2003 retrospective at the essl museum, performance of the 115th action essl museum, klosterneuburg; exhibition: Traklhaus, Salzburg; organ-concerts in Frankfurt and Bad Ischl; premiere of the symphony Punta Campanella in Italy
2004 performance of the 120th action: 2-day-play, prinzendorf; exhibitions: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; MUMOK, Vienna; Brucknerhaus, Linz; Graphic Collection at Städelmuseum, Frankfurt; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York; Haus der Musik, Vienna; teaching: guest professor at University Vienna, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies
2005 performance of the 122th action burgtheater, vienna; exhibitions: „the triumph of painting“, saatchi & saatchi, london; station museum of contemporary art, Houston; Neue Galerie, Graz; Slought Foundation, Philadelphia; NÖ Dokumentationszentrum für Moderne Kunst, St. Pölten; MARCO, Mexico;award of the „grossen österreichischen staatspreis“ and the golden medal of honor by the city of Vienna; stage design for the Ballet „Le Renard“, Staatoper, Vienna
2006 exhibitions: white space gallery, bejing and at mike weiss gallery, nyc, big retrospective at martin-gropius bau, berlin;
2007 opening of the hermann nitsch museum in mistelbach, set- and costume-design for „szenen aus goethes faust“ by robert schumann at the opera house zurich
2008 opening of the museo archivio laboratorio per le arti contemporee hermann nitsch napoli by fondazione morra with an o. m. theatre exhibition; exhibitions: 20th painting action in museum hermann nitsch mistelbach; consigment of the title of dr. h. c. from the university cluj, romania
2009 56th painting performance in hermann nitsch museum, mistelbach,
künstlerhaus, wien, publication of the book “das sein”, opening of the nitsch foundation, exhibitions: künstlerhaus, wien; kavernen, salzburg; de pont museum tilburg, holland, incubate festival in tilburg, holland, exhibition gam turin, exhibition dirimart istanbul; premiere of the “egyptian symphony”, hermann nitsch museum mistelbach
2010 masterpieces from the duerckheim collection, hermann nitsch museum, mistelbach; “personal structures. time-space-existence”, künstlerhaus bregenz; pentecost feast: 130th action, museum nitsch neaples; exhibition of drawings at the cabinet des dessins, musée d’art moderne, st. etienne; new museum installation, museum nitsch, naples; solo show, stella art foundation, moscow; conference, brixner symposium, brixen; smelling, nitsch foundation vienna; concert: nitsch quintett, musée d`art moderne, st. etienne
2011 group show, blood lines, mca denver; 60th painting action, mike weiss gallery, new york; obsession and intimacy: the body in contemporary austrian drawings – from alfred kubin to birgit jürgenssen, b&m theocharakis foundation for the fine arts and music, athens; 131th teaching action, leo könig inc., new york; group show, eroi, gam, turin; solo show, frühere werke aus der duerckheim collection, mzm, mistelbach; group show, personal structures, palazzo bembo, venedig; costumes and settings by hermann nitsch for saint francois d’assise by olivier messiaen, bayerische staatsoper münchen; solo show, hermann nitsch, leopold museum, vienna; organ concert, mozarteum, salzburg
2012 exhibitions: utopie gesamtkunstwerk im 21er haus, wien; levitikus, innsbruck/wien; kunstkulturkirche, frankfurt; thoman modern, innsbruck; 5 jahre hermann nitsch museum, mistelbach; explosion painting as action, moderna museet, stockholm; hermann nitsch personale im museum moderner kunst kärnten, klagenfurt; hermann nitsch: aus dem gesamtkunstwerk, galerie walker, schloss ebenau; in vivo hermann nitsch im centre pompidou, paris; galerie 422 margund lössl, gmunden; explosion painting as action; fondacio joan miro, barcelona; “a bigger splash: painting after performance art”, tate modern, london; performances: 135th action havanna, cuba; 64th painting performance at museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, mart rovereto; concerts: sinfonie for 100 pianists and 33 pianos and 1 synthesizer, tag der tausend finger / oö kulturquartier linz
2013 exhibitions: “sinne und sein – retrospektive”, nitsch museum, mistelbach; “world metamorphosis”, nitsch foundation, wien; “hermann nitsch”, studio morra / alnitak art agency, art berlin contemporary; “performance photography – 1960 to 1979”, nitsch foundation, vienna;group shows: “personal structures”, palazzo bembo, venice; “la perversión de lo clásico: anarquía de los relatos”, museo archeologico, cuba pavillon, 55th biennale venice; “flesh and blood”, museum on the seam, jerusalem; “faces past and present”, ernst museum, budapest; “seeing wagner”, k.u.k. post- and telegraphenamt vienna; “ernesto balducci and the ‘mass of the artists'”, fondazione ernesto balducci, palazzo medici ricardi, florence; “duetto per napoli” (attersee e nitsch), castel dell’ovo, naples;
performances: 138th action (3-day-play), centraltheater leipzig; 140th action (teaching action), abc berlin; 66th painting action, istanbul contemporary; 141st action (teaching action), nitsch foundation vienna;
lectures: universität leipzig, museum der bildenden künste leipzig; aec linz;
concerts: streichquintett “1938”, nitsch foundation, vienna; “leipzig symphony” centraltheater, leipzig; “composition for organ”, jesuitenkirche, vienna; duetto per napoli (attersee/nitsch), teatrino di corte, naples;
2014 ausstellungen: “aktionsmalerei”, dirimart, istanbul; “new york 2011”, nitsch foundation, vienna; “arena – opere dell’opera”, nitsch museum, mistelbach; “malaktionismus”, museo nitsch, napoli; “das orgien mysterien theater”, danubiana meulensteen art museum, bratislava; “carne e luce”, fondazione ducci, rom; “hermann nitsch”, culture industries association, hong kong; “arbeiten auf papier”, nitsch foundation, vienna; gruppenausstellungen: “made in austria”, sammlung essl, klosterneuburg; “im dialog – wiener aktionismus”, mdm, salzburg; biennale di disegno, rimini; aktionen: 142. aktion, pfingstfest, schloss prinzendorf; 77. malaktion, galerie thoman, wien; vorträge: symposium “sinne und sein”, nitsch museum, mistelbach; aec, linz; konzerte: “selten gehörten musik”, theater casino zug und musikakademie basel.
2015 ausstellungen: “das o.m. theater”, zac palermo, “existenzfest. hermann nitsch und das theater”, theatermuseum wien, “12 arbeiten auf papier”, galerie thoman, innsbruck; gruppenausstellungen: “allegories & existence”, summerhall edinburgh, “schlaflos”, 21er haus – museum für zeitgenössische kunst, wien; “vienna for art’s sake”, winterpalais, wien; “mein körper ist das ereignis”, mumok, wien; aktionen: “eröffnungsaktion” theatermuseum wien; “pfingstfest”; vorträge: “griechische mythologie” nitsch/köhlmeier, nitsch museum, mistelbach; tierethik – im gespräch, vetart-kunstforum/nitsch museum, mistelbach; konzerte: “sinfónia für mexico city”, ex teresa arte actual, mexico;
2016 ausstellungen: “existenzfest. hermann nitsch und das theater”, museum villa stuck, münchen; “plakate aus 5 jahrzehnten”, daniel löwenbrück, berlin; “gemälde, zeichnungen, druckgrafik”, galerie fred jahn, münchen; “hermann nitsch. passion – auferstehung”, nitsch foundation, wien; “arena – opere dall’opera”, museo nitsch, naples; “rituale”, nitsch museum, mistelbach; “hermann nitsch”, galerie 422, gmunden; gruppenausstellungen: “crocifissi – kreuzigungen, francis bacon – hermann nitsch – concetto pozzati”, palazzo montanari, bologna; “körper, psyche und tabu”, mumok, wien; “closed universe? neue formen des wiener aktionismus in der heutigen kunst?”, galerie martinetz, köln; “synästhesieraum” dauerausstellung, sammlung friedrichshof, zurndorf; aktionen: “147. aktion”, museum villa stuck, münchen; “pfingstfest”, prinzendorf; vorträge: “psychoanalytische radiosendung”, radio orange; “hermann nitsch trifft … danielle spera”, nitsch museum, mistelbach; konzerte: “orgelkonzert berlin”, epiphanienkirche, berlin; “orgelkonzert brüssel”, begijnkerk, brüssel; “kammerkonzert zur 147. aktion”, museum villa stuck, münchen; “streichquartett”, nitsch foundation, wien
2017 ausstellungen: “hermann nitsch and his artistic pilgrimage”, um museum, bongdam uhwaseong korea; museum ciac foligno; iaga contemporary art, cluj; “hermann nitsch – da una collezione privata”, fondazione opera santa rita, prato; “hermann nitsch – das druckgrafische werk”, nitsch museum mistelbach; kunsthalle arlberg 1800, st. anton am arlberg; marc straus gallery new york; gruppenausstellungen: “psycho drawing. art brut und die 60er und 70er in österreich”, lentos kunstmuseum, linz; “gemischter satz. hermann nitsch und vroni schwegler”, verein für originalradierung, münchen; vorträge: “incontro con hermann nitsch”, auditorium della sala borsa, bologna; “i martedì critici”, art forum würth capena; “hermann nitsch trifft … karlheinz essl”, nitsch museum, mistelbach;”künstlergespräch mit valerian maly”, kunsthalle bern; aktionen: “pfingstfest”, prinzendorf; “150. aktion”, dark mofo festival, hobart/tasmanien; “151. aktion für den film wladimir majakowski”, prinzendorf; “151. aktion”, casa morra, neapel; konzerte: “traubenfleisch 2007-2017”, nitsch museum, mistelbach; “orgelkonzert”, marc straus gallery, new york; “orgelkonzert bern”, saint ghetto festival, heiliggeistkirche, bern;
2018 155th action / action-symphony for the 80th birthday, nitsch museum, Mistelbach; Exhibitions: “Hermann Nitsch – Life and Work”, nitsch museum, Mistelbach; “reliti 152 azione”, 10 Anni Museo Hermann Nitsch, Naples; “Hermann Nitsch – A monographic show in Hagen”, Osthaus Museum Hagen;
“Hermann Nitsch” Solo Show, Marc Straus Gallery, Armory Show, New York; “Hermann Nitsch – The Orgies Mysteries Theatre”, Massimo de Carlo, London; “Hermann Nitsch”, Galerie RX, Paris; “Hermann Nitsch – To the concept of the Orgies Mysteries Theatre”, Kulturhaus Hinterzarten; “Hermann Nitsch 80”, Nitsch Foundation, Vienna; “Drawings 1957-2017”, Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna; “Hermann Nitsch 80”, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill and Galerie Kunst&Handel, Graz; Galerie 422, Gmunden; Group shows: “Double Lives”, mumok, Wien; “Intriguing Uncertainties”, Park View Museum, Singapur; Lectures: “Hermann Nitsch meets Robert C. Morgan”, Armory Show, New York; “Nitsch&Gelitin”, Massimo de Carlo, London; artist talk with Hermann Nitsch, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin; “Hermann Nitsch – Matinée”, artist talk, Museum Niederösterreich, St. Pölten; “Nitsch trifft … Michael Fleischhacker”, nitsch museum, Mistelbach; workshop on the musik of the O.M. Theatre, Prof. Leopoldo Siano, nitsch museum, Mistelbach; Concerts: organ concert, mumok, Vienna
2019 Exhibitions: “Hermann Nitsch – The total work of art”, Lechner Museum, Ingolstadt; “Hermann Nitsch – Rooms of Color”, Albertina, Wien; “Hermann Nitsch. Katharsis”, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua; “Hermann Nitsch”, Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapur; “Hermann Nitsch”, Marc Straus Gallery, New York; “Hermann Nitsch. Pittura, Fotografie, Disegni”, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Mailand; “Hermann Nitsch – Life&Work”, The Culture Story, Singapur; Group shows: “Opéra Monde/Opéra Monde/Opera as the World – The quest for a total work of art”, Centre Pompidou, Metz; “Intriguing Uncertainties”, Park View Museum, Peking; “Disturbing Narrative”, Park View Museum, Singapore; “Dark Side”, Musia, Rome; lectures: Artist talk “Nitsch&Schröder”, Albertina, Wien; concerts: organ concert, AngelicA Festival, Bologna; “Albertina String Quartett”, Albertina, Wien; “The music of the 6-day-play”, nitsch museum, Mistelbach; “Selten gehörte Musik” (Attersee, Lüpertz, Nitsch, Rühm, Wiener) Belvedere21, Wien;
artworks of Hermann Nitsch are part of the following museums and collections: moma, new york; guggenheim collection, new york; metropolitan museum, new york; museum university of yale; walker art center, mineapolis; busch-reisinger museum harvard university, cambridge; saint louis art museum, st. louis, missouri; hudson valley center for contemporary art, peekskill, new york; tang, saratoga springs, new york; station museum of contemporary art houston, texas; gallery of ontario, toronto; tate gallery, london; musée centre georges pompidou, paris; stedelijk van abbe museum, eindhoven; stedelijk museum, amsterdam; castello di rivoli, rivoli; gam, turin; museo di capodimonte, neapel; museo nitsch, neapel; galleria d´arte moderna, bologna; mart, rovereto; mar – museo d’arte della città di ravenna; kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen, düsseldorf; museum ludwig, cologne; nationalgalerie berlin; lenbachhaus, münchen; staatsgemäldesammlung munich; museum brandhorst, munich; graphische sammlung, munich; staatsgalerie stuttgart; kunsthalle hamburg; museum neue galerie, saarbrücken; schloss moorsbroich, leverkusen; gfzk, leipzig, kunstmuseum bern; kunstmuseum winterthur; mumok, vienna; albertina, vienna; österreichische galerie belvedere, wien; leopold museum, wien; lentos, linz; rupertinum, salzburg; ferdinandeum, innsbruck; sammlung essl, klosterneuburg; nitsch museum, mistelbach