Gift of the artist for the project “Seven Works for Mercy” - 2014
Hermann Nitsch (Vienna, 1938) is the leading exponent of Viennese Actionism, a movement born around the 1960s and characterized by attention to psychological, masochistic and self-injurious themes and by a preference for a tone that is mostly desecrating and profanatory. Furthermore, shareholders often choose to use the human body itself, their own or others, and the action itself, the performance, the gesture as an expressive medium. and disturbing. From the massing of lines, figures and signs, grotesque figures of human organs seem to emerge, connected to each other and marked by a dense numbering. In 2014 the artist added here in the venue strokes of colored oil pastel that burst for no reason, disarming, intuitive and childish comfort in the dense black texture, to desecrate and almost ironize the previous work. . He wrote about this: “We are both waging a war against classicism. Each of us seeks a cruel and bloody realism. A psychological naturalism unites us and the expressive force pushes our work to the limit of representation. "