Nitsch (Hermann)

Since 1960, Hermann Nitsch (born in 1938 in Vienna) has been interrogating themyths of European culture, especially those related to the Christian religion, a foundation of the Western world. His performances display a strong liturgical character, in which painting, music and theatre are intimately blended, and symbolically re-play themystery of origins. His aspiration for synthesis of the arts takes on its full dimensions with the definition of what Nitsch calls the "Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries". Drawings occupy a special place in Nitsch’s work. Those Hermann Nitsch names architectural drawings appear as a type of abstract map. Their lines seem to sketch out a map – a city or an imaginary territory.

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