Hermann Nitsch. O.M. Theater. 1991

Hermann Nitsch O.M. Theater 1991

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Nitsch was one of the Actionist artists of Vienna, a loose 1960s group that staged transgressive performances in defiance of social mores. His goal in the series of events he titled Orgien Mysterien [O.M.] Theatre (Orgies-mysteries theatre) was an overwhelming drama of the senses, a gory bacchanalia. This sheet, for example, was covered with pig’s blood before being printed with a rendering of the imagined theater.

Gallery label from Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, July 30–November 10, 2008.
Etching with pig blood additions
plate: 15 11/16 x 11 11/16" (39.8 x 29.7 cm); composition (irreg.): 29 11/16 x 21 3/16" (75.4 x 53.8 cm); sheet (irreg.): 29 11/16 x 21 3/16" (75.4 x 53.8 cm)
Edition Krinzinger Verlags GMBH, Vienna
Kurt Zein, Vienna
The Philip and Lynn Straus Foundation Fund
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© 2020 Hermann Nitsch / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VBK, Austria
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