Mantua, Nitsch exhibition starts despite controversy and boycott attempts

Despite the controversy that wanted to boycott it (we had talked about it here and here), Hermann Nitsch ’s solo exhibition entitled Katharsis opened its doors last April 30 at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua where it will remain open until June 30. As stated in a note, the focus of the exhibition is on the significance of the experience gained as a result of direct participation in the dramatic event, which generates the katharsis of the title. The individual elements of the work of the father ofViennese Actionism (especially painting and drawing but also music and literature) are subordinated to the experimentation with the performative event that underlies Nitsch’s poetics as a whole.

The exhibition will also be an opportunity for Italian audiences to view, inside the Gonzaga palace in Mantua, a representative nucleus of works fromHermann Nitsch’s O.M. Theater that offers a comprehensive view of the artist’s oeuvre. It is an experience in dialogue between contemporary art and the precious artistic treasures of the past preserved inside the Sale di Guastalla, in the medieval Palazzo del Capitano of the museum complex of Mantua’s Ducal Palace.

Among the artist’s works on display at the exhibition are The Last Supper (1979-1983), which is inspired by the search for the Holy Grail, a 1983 Crucifixion and the triptych of the Deposition in the Sepulchre (2007).

The exhibition is curated by Peter Assmann, director of the Palazzo Ducale Museum Complex in Mantua, together with Beatrice Benedetti, artistic director of the Boxart Gallery in Verona, Sergio Pajola and Giuliano Vallani of theMoz-Art Cultural Association in Mantua.

Hours: Thursday through Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Ticket prices: full price €13, reduced €2.

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Pictured: Hermann Nitsch in a moment of performance 128. Aktion on October 22, 2009. Ph. Credit Roland Rudolph for Nitsch Foundation.

Mantua, Nitsch exhibition starts despite controversy and boycott attempts
Mantua, Nitsch exhibition starts despite controversy and boycott attempts

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