The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design will host the solo exhibition of Hermann Nichi Orgy and Mysteries Theater / Day

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The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design will host the solo exhibition of Hermann Nichi Orgy and Mysteries Theater / Day

In the 1960s, Hermann Nich (Hermann Nitsch, 1938) together with Ginter Brus (Günter Brus), Otto Love (Otto Muehl) and Rudolf Schwarzmogler (Rudolf Schwarzkogler) formed one of the most radical art movements of the 20th century, known in art history as Vienna shareholders. He acknowledges the Orgy Mystery Theater, created in the late 1950s, as his lifelong work (The theater of orgies and mysteries), which is an intense artistic experience that combines painting, theater, music and lyrics with liturgical and religious elements.

The theater of orgy mysteries is based on the idea of ​​creating something more than a theatrical production, and Herman Nich believes that this is possible only when both the spectator and the actor are equally involved and transformed. In a way, it is an art therapy that Vienna’s shareholders came to, gradually studying the works of Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich. In the theater of orgy mystery, one cannot passively observe and remain neutral, as Otto Mile said: “Our activity was not only a form of art, but above all an existential attitude.”

The place of the exhibition – the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (DMDM), which is located in the former St. George’s Church (1204) and is the oldest surviving stone building in Riga, has not been chosen at random. The reproduction of Christian rituals is one of the most important components of Niche’s art. Thus, the space itself becomes an important element of the exhibition, which connects the main creative points of the author. The exposition features the most significant art rituals of Hermann Nichs – documentary video materials from the actions of the Orgy Mystery Theater with the culmination of the action A six-day game, action painting (action painting) samples, large format graphics and documentary photographs.

Orgy and Mystery Theater is the first exhibition of Hermans Nichis in the Baltics, thus – a unique opportunity to get to know the author, who has influenced not only the fields of painting and performance, but also the development of contemporary theater art.

A commentary booklet has been commented on by the exhibition, to which Hermanis Ničs, Igors Gubenko, Laine Kristberga, Vilnis Štrams and Līna Birzaka-Priekule have dedicated their texts, as well as an audio guide in Latvian and English.

The exhibition is complemented by an educational program – talks with the artist, a series of discussions and lectures, performances and classes for young people. For example, on October 16 at 14.00 The performance of the artist Anda Lāce will take place in the Dome Square It’s hard to tell if it’s the hypocrisy of an orgy or really everyone here has suddenly gotten better in collaboration with composer Evija Skuķis. The artist will reflect on it and confront the impulses of ideas provided by Herman Nich and will create a procedural painting object during the performance. Anda Lācis is connected in Niča’s work with the ritual and how the performative expressions create lasting works of art, which retain a strong energy of the action.

Herman Nich is an Austrian avant – garde artist, one of Vienna shareholders. In their rituals (actions), members of this art movement often use self-mutilated bodies, desecration, animal intestines, urine, feces, blood as means of expression, thus showing a subconscious reaction to Austria’s “cleansing” of its crimes, participation in National Socialism and the Holocaust. Hermann Nich lives and works at Princendorf Castle, where the legendary action took place A six-day game (1998). A niche museum has been established in the Austrian town of Mistelbach. The author’s works are included in the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, London’s Tate Gallery, as well as many other collections.

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