29. August 1938 – 18. April 2022

Hermann Nitsch passed away in peace on April 18, 2022 after serious illness at the age of 83.

Therefore, the artist could no longer personally experience one of his great successes – the exhibition of the 20th Painting Action, which opened during the 59th Venice Biennale on Easter Monday.

“everything that ever was and ever will be is to be.”

This intense, life-affirming philosophy has accompanied Nitsch throughout his life, it will keep his work alive in eternity.

The first part of the 6-day-play will be performed in Prinzendorf on July 30 and 31, 2022; due to pandemic, the action had to be postponed for two years. It was his specific wish that his total work of art “The Orgies Mysteries Theater”, will continue after his passing.

“the 6-day-play of the o.m. theatre aims to be the greatest and most important celebration of peoples (it is an aesthetic ritual glorifying existence).”

We deeply mourn the death of Hermann Nitsch. With him not only has a performance artist, painter, graphic artist and composer passed away, but also a husband, father, friend, mentor and companion.

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