Andrea Cusumano. Raumdramaturgie

Retrospektive 1993-2023

Two major solo exhibitions are planned for 2024 at the nitsch museum Mistelbach. The Italian-British artist Andrea Cusumano, whose work was strongly influenced by Hermann Nitsch, will kick things off. The exhibition “Andrea Cusumano – Raumdramaturgie” will open on 2 March 2024 at 6 pm.

Andrea Cusumano is not only an award-winning Italian artist, but was also a student of Hermann Nitsch at a young age, later becoming his assistant and musical director of the Orgien Mysterien Theatre. He taught performance art at the renowned Goldsmiths University in London, was a councillor for culture in Palermo, director of Manifesta 12 and founder and artistic director of the BAM – Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo, Palermo.

“Hermann Nitsch died on Easter Monday, 18 April 2022. He was my mentor and inspiration for 30 years of my life. Since then, very day is a day of resurrection, immersed in the joy of being. This exhibition is dedicated to Nitsch. My entire philosophy and work is a constant dialogue with his work and thinking.” Andrea Cusumano

Cusumano’s work makes use of different media, moves across borders between various individual artistic disciplines and focuses on the dramaturgical potential of objects and spaces. He creates theatre-referenced spatial dramaturgies whose central themes range from death and transcendence to a possible catharsis that art can actually trigger. Andrea Cusumano’s art experiment is complex and multi-layered, conceptually based on the work of Hermann Nitsch, but at the same time it is independent, speaks a significant language and impresses in a very special way.

Live performance
On Whit Saturday, 18 May 2024, at 6 pm, a live performance by Andrea Cusumano together with pianist Marino Formenti will take place as part of the exhibition at the nitsch museum.

Accompanying the exhibition “Andrea Cusumano – Raumdramaturgie”, works and installations by Hermann Nitsch will continue to be on display in the crypt and the side hall of the museum.

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ANDREA CUSUMANO. Raumdramaturgie
Retrospektive 1993-2023
exhibition opening: 2 März 2024, 6 pm
Live Performance: 18 May 2024, 6 pm

03/03/2024 – 05/20/2024