Saturday, December 3, 2011


Down in the belly of the Leopold Museum in Vienna, I discovered an artist I had never heard of— Hermann Nitsch. Nitsch is an Austrian artist best known for his controversial and often gorey multimedia and performance pieces, which explore ritual, religion and violence. Playing on screens in the gallery space, these bloody pieces were quite compelling (and a little nauseating), but what really caught my attention were his enormous, layered, anatomical drawings, which reminded me of the Lubos Plny exhibit I came across last year in Istanbul, with the layers of organs, lines and red. As you know, I go weak in the knees for a beautiful line, and my heart flutters for anatomical drawings and sculpture (once upon a time, I nearly entered the world of science and medicine), so Hermann Nitsch really spoke to me.

Just look at those layers of lines!

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