The show is devoted to the total art work created by Nitsch with all its disciplines, and it will provide a broad overview of the unique creativity of this universal artist, who spent several years living in Bavaria from time to time. At the heart of the ground-floor display is the 20th “Malaktion” by Hermann Nitsch, which he implemented at the Vienna Secession in 1987. It is considered to be Nitsch’s chef d’œuvre, and it consists of the artist’s biggest splatter painting, which measures 5x20 metres, a floor picture 10x10 metres in size, 50 large splatter paintings, 3 smocks in a crate and other applications. This seminal complex is, according to Nitsch, the only complete example of his action painting in the world, and this exhibition will enable it to be shown outside Austria for the first time. On the upper floor of the Lechner Museum, the Nitsch cosmos unfolds in all its facets, inviting the visitor into the world of the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries. The architectural segmentation into microcosms of music, architecture, painting, action art and relics of O.M. Theatre will initiate the observer into the interdisciplinary, inherent bond between these activities, which together make up the total art work of Hermann Nitsch.
HERMANN NITSCH: The Total Art Work
16/03 – 28/07/2019
LECHNER MUSEUM, Esplanade 9, 85049 Ingolstadt
Open: Thu – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm
The LECHNER MUSEUM in Ingolstadt
The steel sculptor Alf Lechner (1925–2017) created an impressive body of abstract sculpture, most of it in solid steel, and a sizeable œuvre of over 4,500 drawings and collages. Many of the nearly 800 sculptures can now be seen in public urban spaces around Germany and in international collections. Six large sculptures are on display in Ingolstadt, where they have been housed since February 2000 at the Lechner Museum. Alf Lechner, whose works often defy the spatial and structural constraints of traditional museums and galleries, created this dedicated setting so that he could also show his space installations and massive sculptures indoors. Regularly changing exhibitions at the Lechner Museum feature either works by the sculptor or special shows devoted to artists of international renown who have made important contributions to contemporary art since 1960 in the context of Alf Lechner.
The LECHNER SCULPTURE PARK in Obereichstätt
In the late 1990s, when an opportunity arose to acquire the site of the former Royal Bavarian Ironworks and associated quarry in the picturesque Altmühl Valley, the artist Alf Lechner, who was already 75, and his wife Camilla decided to tackle the megaproject. They converted 23,000 square metres of derelict industrial land into an artist’s habitat with workshops and a sculpture park. It takes about 35 minutes by car to drive from the Lechner Museum in Ingolstadt to the Lechner Sculpture Park in Obereichstätt. At the Paper House in the Sculpture Park, the Alf Lechner Foundation will present selected prints by the Viennese guest artist during the special exhibition HERMANN NITSCH: The Total Art Work.
LECHNER SCULPTURE PARK
Allee 3, 91795 Obereichstätt
To see the Lechner Sculpture Park and the exhibitions in the Paper House and Exhibition Hall, visitors need to register for a guided tour.