Exhibition opening

February 16, 2023, 6pm

Nitsch Foundation, Vienna, AT

Honey wall (detail) ©Paul Renner

The Nitsch Foundation and Rita Nitsch invites to the kick-off event of the exhibition series “NITSCH a homage by …” presenting “PAUL RENNER seeing, smelling & squeezing” in attendance of the artist Paul Renner. 

„NITSCH a homage by …“ presents works by inspiring figures and former companions as well as artists whose development was decisively influenced by Hermann Nitsch and his Gesamtkunstwerk.

Parallels and overlapping aspects in their works bring to light new relationships and interconnections between the respective artistic processes. Each exhibition focuses on an individual and personal facet that will enable visitors to learn more about Nitsch’s oeuvre and appreciate its ongoing influence.


Paul Renner

seeing, smelling & squeezing

Paul Renner’s idea of art demands a form of staging that goes beyond painting a picture. The act and resultant form of compressing has preoccupied Renner from the outset – pressed must, mashed cabbage, slabs of bacon squashed between stone slabs, berries boiled into mush, centrifuged honey, squashed fruits squidging out between fingers and toes, meat pounded, smoked, pressed. In Renner’s vision, this compressing and compacting involves the decomposition of our existence: “Existence is squashed, crushed, solidified, fermented, and decomposes into an invisible vapor. The sparkling elderberry wine explodes in the cellar. The mycelium fungus crawls up the walls. I imagine that I’m on the other side. Existence is permanent decomposing.”

Specially for this exhibition Renner is showing his new cycle looking, smelling & squeezing. Taking center stage is the monumental painting the honey wall – composed of damar resin covered in goldleaf, inserted with molded nests out of branches and twigs, honeycombs, seeds, fruits, rinds, juices, and plants.

More about the exhibition and Paul Renner


Exhibition Opening

Thursday, 16.2.2023 | 6pm

NITSCH FOUNDATION, Hegelgasse 5, 1010 Vienna

In the presence of the artist Paul Renner.

We are looking forward to welcome you!

R.S.V.P. at


Nitsch Foundation
Hegelgasse 5
1010 Vienna

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