Hermann Nitsch at the LECHNER Museum

The Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries as a Total Art Work

16 March to 23 June 2019

Hermann Nitsch at the LECHNER Museum

The Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries as a Total Art Work

16 March to 23 June 2019

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.

On 16 March the Lechner Museum will launch a special exhibition entitled
HERMANN NITSCH: The Total Art Work
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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 – 23/06/2019
LECHNER MUSEUM, Esplanade 9, 85049 Ingolstadt
Open: Thu – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm

Press dialogue: Saturday, 16/03/19, 11 am
Opening: Saturday, 16/03/19, 5 pm

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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.

www.lechner-museum.de

 

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HERMANN NITSCH: The Total Art Work

  • Hermann Nitsch
    Schüttbild mit Malhemd
    20. Malaktion, Wiener Secession
    Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 300 cm
    1987
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Schüttbild mit Malhemd
    20. Malaktion, Wiener Secession
    Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 300 cm
    1987
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Schüttbild mit Malhemd
    20. Malaktion, Wiener Secession
    Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 300 cm
    1987
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Triptychon (Schüttbild mit Malhemd)
    Acryl auf Leinwand, 300 x 600 cm
    2016
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Fotografie 20. Malaktion
    Wiener Secession
    Wien, 1987
    Foto: Lieselotte Biber
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Fotografie 56. Malaktion
    nitsch museum Mistelbach
    2009
    Foto: team:niel - Daniel Feyerl
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Aktionsfotografie
    100. Aktion 6-Tage-Spiel
    Schloss Prinzendorf
    1998
    Foto: Archiv Cibulka-Frey
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Aktionsfotografie
    100. Aktion 6-Tage-Spiel
    Schloss Prinzendorf
    1998
    Foto: Archiv Cibulka-Frey
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Reliktmontage
    Blut und Applikationen auf Baumwolle, 233 x 350 cm
    2007
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Grablegung
    Strichradierung/Kaltnadel auf Kupfer, Vernis Mou auf Aluminium,
    Lithografie/Alugrafie auf Aktionsrelikt gedruckt, 196 x 299 cm
    2006-07
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Farbskala
    Ölpastellkreide auf Papier, 84 x 163 cm
    2005
    © Atelier Hermann Nitsch
  • Hermann Nitsch
    Foto: Richard Köhler

LECHNER MUSEUM and LECHNER SCULPTURE PARK

  • LECHNER MUSEUM Ingolstadt
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    Ineinander, zweiteilig
    2001
    LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner

    LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    Anlehnung II
    2005
    LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Große Ausstellungshalle
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    Rauminstallation Skulptur Geteilte Zeitteilung
    1990 / 2005 / 2008
    LECHNER SKULPTURENPARK Obereichstätt
    Glashaus
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    In München starten, in München landen
    2008
    Flughafen München MUC
    Foto: Werner Huthmacher
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung

Alf Lechner (1925-2017)

  • Alf Lechner
    Um 1972
    Foto: Günther von Voithenberg
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    Um 1989
    Foto: Daniel McLaughlin
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    Um 1995
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung
  • Alf Lechner
    Um 2008
    © Alf Lechner Stiftung