H ermann Nitsch, notorious for using animal entrails and blood in his art, is renowned as one of the most vigorous and versatile contemporary artists working today. Whilst the spectrum of Nitsch’s creativity seeks to stimulate all five human senses, the Albertina has chosen to be the first museum to explore his assault on our vision through a focussed presentation of his acclaimed ‘Poured Paintings’.
These works, also referred to as Action Paintings, are alive with the physical process of their creation. Nisch, who has toyed with the medium – pouring, splattering, or even spreading and smearing the paint with his body and bare hands – wants to convey the ‘sensuousness of the substance’, even once the canvas has dried. The show will trace Nisch’s lively investigations into the materiality of paint up until the present day.
Hermann Nitsch is on view at the Albertina Museum from 17 May–11 August.