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Museo Hermann Nitsch 
Archivio Laboratorio per le Arti Contemporanee

 

The Museo Hermann Nitsch / Archivio Laboratorio per le Arti Contemporanee is located in a former factory built in 1892 to produce electricity. Conceived as a space for the documentation and analysis of the philosophical, poetic and visual themes developed by the great Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch (Vienna 1938), it is a place where the art works (wrecks) from the Aktionen of the Orgien Mysterien Theater once more take solid form, in an exploratory journey open to experimentation and the ideal of Gesamtkunstwerk (total art work), where the multiple domains of visual experience converge synaesthetically.

The Hermann Nitsch Museum, located in the heart of the lively Pontecorvo district, is the brainchild of Giuseppe Morra, who has been a friend of the Maestro and a patron of his work since the 1970s.

The exhibition layout – due to change every two years – is a sort of masterclass by Nitsch, through which we can grasp the energy, the beauty, the interweaving of codes, and the ritual celebration of life, and he himself tells us: ‘…only through art, through artistic experience, can I reach the deepest levels, and it is only at these depths that I wish to celebrate existence’ (H. Nitsch).

By emphasising these deep anthropological interconnections, the Museo Hermann Nitsch / Archivio Laboratorio per le Arti Contemporanee aims to become a diversified space for projects and reflection on the very essence of Art, using its languages, dramaturgy, and phenomena to support young people, artists, and intellectuals in a spirit of openness to advanced research and academic culture in exchanges with a network of national and international facilities and institutions with which the Museum works.

Experts work here to produce and catalogue works of art and documents, encouraging direct experience and facilitating access, collaborating in synergy on various aspects and disciplines, and frequently involving specialists in specific events.

One of the Museum’s missions is to organise educational programmes for students and teachers from secondary schools, universities, and training centres, not only to valorise the knowledge they possess, but also to enable new forms of socialisation, integration, and personal enrichment.

Through workshops and laboratories, direct learning activities, readings and first-hand sources, studies of specific themes, meetings with artists, and support in syllabus design for schools and teachers, the active experience of visiting the museum becomes a reciprocal exchange, a place for trading knowledge and stimulating curiosity.

The Hermann Nitsch Museum is the result of an analytical process addressing situations, realities, and criteria, the importance of which has led to the creation of a series of core facilities:

- the Collection, based on Nitsch’s installations and works from 1974 to the present day with the Morra Foundation

- the Centre for Documentation, Training and Research, a collection of digitalised texts on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with particular focus on the avant-garde, offers tools to study and understand today’s artistic phenomena, themes, and cultural challenges to make the Museum a dynamic centre for analysis, learning, and training. The volumes it contains represent an important documentary testimony to artistic life in the period between the twentieth century and the new millennium. The department also promotes targeted and reliable scientific research on historical and artistic themes, and to build new relationships with other centres in Italy and abroad

- the Library and Media Library, classifying books, catalogues, critical texts, articles, magazines, monographs, and conferences, is an archive enabling in-depth study of artistic output and will provide opportunities for in-depth study for experts particularly interested in historical and cultural research

- the Department for Independent Experimental Cinema, housing videos from Nitsch’s Aktionen from 1970 to the present day. It aims to become a centre for the promotion and distribution of independent cinema, examining year by year the themes and methods of historical and contemporary film-makers

- the Contemporary Music Audio Library, containing material dating from 1940 to the present day and housing collections of some of the most innovative languages in contemporary sound art. The works in the collection represent concrete, ambient, and minimalist music, including concerts and improvisations, all conceiving of sound as a means of individual and social construction

- the Education Department, using dynamic teaching methods to organise and promote training, educational, and planning activities to foster intellectual development, building on practical skills and abilities. It promotes and supports the production of documents, materials, and tools for Cultural Heritage Education and welcomes observations and suggestions from teachers and students about the educational use of the Museum to create an environment for conversation between schools and cultural institutions.

 

 

arena - opere dall’opera curated by giuseppe morra: exhibition 2016-2018

45.aktion 10.04.1974 studio morra, naples
63.aktion 10.06.1978 teatro romano, trieste
18b.malaktion june-july 1986 casa morra, naples
96.aktion 26.05.1996 pfingstfest – feast of pentacost, vigna san martino, naples
54.malaktion august 2008 museo nitsch, naples
108.lehraktion 05.07.2001 “le tribù dell’arte ii” galleria d’arte moderna, rome
129.aktion 27.11.2009 lehraktion galleria hofficina rome
130.aktion 23.05.2010 pfingstfest – feast of pentecost, museo nitsch and vigna san martino, naples
135.aktion 14.05.2012 dionysos versus the crucified (part 1) isa university 11.biennale havana, cuba
140.aktion 21.09.2013 lehraktion abc art berlin contemporary stand alnitak/studio morra, berlin
workshop: essences, flavours, and colours of the o m theater
photographs of the aktionen 1962-1966
o m theater architecture
photographs 96.aktion 26.05.1996 pfingstfest - vigna san martino, naples
photographs 130.aktion 23.05.2010 pfingstfest - museo nitsch and vigna san martino, naples


malaktionismus - exzess und sinnlichkeit / painting actionism - excess and sensuality curated by michael karrer: exhibition 2014-2016

16.malaktion june-july 1983 schloss prinzendorf
29.malaktion july-august 1990 schloss prinzendorf
39.malaktion july 1997 schloss prinzendorf
40.malaktion october-november 1997 museum des 20er haus vienna
45.malaktion 15.07. 2002 - 22.08.2002 schloss prinzendorf
54.malaktion august 2008 museo nitsch naples
56.malaktion may 2009 mzm nitsch museum mistelbach
60.malaktion 2011 mike weiss gallery new york
64.malaktion 6-13.10.2012 museo arte contemporanea rovereto
65.malaktion 31.07. 2013 - 22.08.2013 schloss prinzendorf
workshop: essences, flavours, and colours of the o m theater
photographs 40.malaktion 1997 museum des 20er haus vienna
vintage photographs 1961-1962
photographs of the aktionen 1962-1966

 

neapolitan works - exhibition 2010-2013

45.aktion 10.04.1974 studio morra, naples
54.lehraktion 29.04.1977 studio morra, naples
18b.malaktion giugno-luglio 1986 casa morra, naples
96.aktion 26.05.1996 pfingstfest – feast of the pentecost, vigna san martino, naples
photographs 122.aktion 19.11.2005 burgtheater, vienna
54.malaktion august 2008 museo nitsch, naples
130.aktion 23.05.2010 pfingstfest – feast of the pentecost, museo nitsch and vigna san martino, naples
workshop: essences, flavours, and colours of the o m theater
photographs of the aktionen 1962-1966
o m theater architecture

 

collection - exhibition 2008-2010

45.aktion 10.04.1974 studio morra, napoli
47.aktion 18-20.10.1974 kunstmesse - stand studio morra, düsseldorf
51.aktion 24.06.1976 artefiera bologna - stand studio morra and pari&dispari, bologna
55.aktion 01.06.1977 requiem für meine frau beate chiesa santa lucia, bologna
63.aktion 10.06.1978 teatro romano, trieste
68.aktion 20.09.1980 convento delle oblate, florence
18b.malaktion giugno-luglio 1986 casa morra, naples
96.aktion 26.05.1996 pfingstfest - feast of the pentecost, vigna san martino, naples
108.lehraktion 05.07.2001 “le tribù dell’arte ii”, galleria d’arte moderna, rome
54.malaktion august 2008 museo nitsch, naples
workshop: essences, flavours, and colours of the o m theater

 

 

 

Museo Nitsch, 2008, inauguration

 

 

 

Museo Nitsch, 2008, Pharmacy and installation view

 

 

 

Museo Nitsch, 2011, installation view

 

 

 

Museo Nitsch, 2014,  malaktionismus - exzess und sinnlichkeit / azionismo pittorico - eccesso e sensualità, 2014-2016 installation view

 

 

 

Museo Nitsch, 2016, Arena - opere dall’opera a cura di Giuseppe Morra,  2016-2018 installation view