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Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America

A celebration of the pioneering work of Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch at the Austrian Cultural Forum


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  • Artistic legacies
  • Philosophy / Theory
  • Public culture


Slought, "Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America," Aaron Levy, students in the RBSL Bergman Foundation Curatorial Seminar in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania,Adrian Daub, Lorand Hegyi, Susan Jarosi, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Michèle H. Richman, Osvaldo Romberg, and Dieter Ronte

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Austrian Cultural Forum (11 East 52nd Street, NYC)


25% Formal - 75% Informal

Slought Publications invites you to join us in celebration of the pioneering work of Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch at the Austrian Cultural Forum on Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 7:30-9:30pm. Please note that admission to the event and reception is free, however tickets are encouraged. For reservations, please call ACF's reservation line at 212 319 5300 ext. 222 or email

Hermann Nitsch will briefly speak about the reception of his work in America, in relation to its intensity and immediacy, at 7:30pm in the auditorium; he will be introduced by editor Aaron Levy and contributors Jean-Michel Rabaté and Osvaldo Romberg of the Slought, as well as Andreas Stadler of the Austrian Cultural Forum. A 14 minute screening of Hermann Nitsch's "Das Orgien Mysterien Theater: Die Aktionen, 1962-2003" will immediately follow, as well as a public conversation with Hermann Nitsch and Aaron Levy. A wine reception and book celebration will conclude the evening, with the artist and contributors to the publication present.

For more information:

Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
p: 212 319 5300 | f: 212 644 8660

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Hermann Nitsch (born 1938) is an Austrian performance artist and a forerunner of Wiener Aktionismus (Viennese Actionism, or Performance art). Nitsch is known for his ritualistic performance actions, often combining fake crucifixion with the disemboweling of lambs and other animals. In the late 50s Hermann Nitsch developed the concept of the "Orgien Mysterien Theater" (Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries) a total work of art appealing to all senses, celebratory and life-affirming. Drawing on religion, philosophy and psychology, he has composed numerous theoretical writings, compositions and scores to accompany over 100 realized action performances between the years of 1962 and 1998. In 1998, Nitsch staged his 100th performance (named the 6-Day Play after its length) which took place at Schloss Prinzendorf, his castle in Austria.

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Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch revists his Orgien Mysterien Theater (1962-) and other ritualistic performances since 1962, alongside scholarly commentary by Lorand Hegyi and others.

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