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Hermann Nitsch. Bayreuth prelude

40 min visit

Galerie RX
29 Apr → 25 Jul 2021
From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.

« In the wide bright space of the RX gallery there is a symphony of colours!  »

For his third solo show on rue des Quatres-Fils, Hermann Nitsch is unveiling five monumental and colourful paintings monumental and colourful paintings, created between 2006 and 2009. The curator of the exhibition, Denise Wendel-Poray, has decided to put them in dialogue with eight drawings of opera costumes, made by Hermann Nitsch himself for the play Szenen aus Goethes Faust by Robert Schumann at the Zurich Opera House in 2007. A visually surprising choice, as these drawings appear tiny next to these huge canvases! And yet, it is quite logical when you know that the artist will be participating in Richard Wagner's Walkyrie on 29 July, 3 August and 19 August 2021 at the Bayreuth Festival. This exhibition is both an introduction to the event and a way of announcing the 1998 revival of 6-Tage-Spiel (The 6-day-play)! Hermann Nitsch will lead a workshop during a residency in Austria from July 2021, where Prinzendorf's total artwork will be shown in a condensed form. An idea that dates back to 1957! The Viennese artist, who worked a lot with literature at the time, created his action theatre, The Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries. It consists of performances and large processional parties with hundreds of actors. A unique artistic venture in which music plays an essential role. In fact, the basic concept is based on the idea of a symphony. For this project, he was largely inspired by Wagner and Scriabin's Gesamtkunstwerk. The symphony is reflected in these monumental canvases, both in the colours chosen and in their composition and execution! They are just as theatrical as the 6-Tage-Spiel. At the age of 82, Hermann Nitsch has learned to see music and hear colours in the course of his career. If you are looking forward to the exhibition, a three-dimensional virtual tour is available on the gallery's website!


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