Hermann Nitsch, splatter painting
© Hermann Nitsch, Bildrecht Wien, 2019

In the frenzy of the colors

Nitsch became famous with his Orgien Mysterien Theater. Yet painting is only one discipline of his work, which is deeply rooted in actionism, performance and multimedia. His action painting is based on informal art and aims at giving form and expression to the moment, the sensually excited production process. The excessive spillage and smearing of paint on vertical or horizontal canvases results in a color frenzy that Nitsch himself describes as the "visual grammar of action theater on a picture surface".

Giving the color space.

For the first time, the Albertina does not view Hermann Nitsch's painting as part of a larger whole but instead allows images to become spatial installations. The resulting color spaces take us on a journey: because the exhibition shows a continuously evolving Nitsch. While in the 1960s his pictures were still a monochrome red, from the mid-1980s they gained explosive power and expressiveness through the combination of several colors. And so we dive into spaces with the dominant colors of his monochrome works in black, red and yellow, only to be shaken up and surprised again by veritable explosions of color. A show that underlines the great importance of the controversial artist and literally shows its colors.

NITSCH. Spaces of Color.

May 17, 2019 – August 11, 2019


Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 13% off , 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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