1335MABINI is proud to present the solo exhibition The Orgies Mysteries Theatre by well-known artist Hermann Nitsch (1938, Vienna, Austria; nitsch.org). The artist is showing his works for the very first time in Southeast Asia. Nitsch recently celebrated his 80th birthday at his castle in Prinzendorf, Austria. Nitsch is one of the initiators of the confrontational Wiener Aktionismus (‘Viennese Actionism’), shunning the confines of traditional painting and sculpture, reinventing an art that exists in real, corporeal terms through long-durational performances called actions, during which audiences are not mere spectators but actual participants – participating in a celebration of life and of being placed in this world. The goal of such celebration is to experience life, to intoxicate being and to enter a mystic ecstatic condition. Nitsch’s poetic, dramatic performances are titled Das Orgien Mysterien Theater (‘The Orgies Mysteries Theatre’) and to experience the drama – and for the drama to be expanded to a celebration of life – not only sight but also the senses of taste and smell are called upon. For Nitsch, life is joy, it is celebration, exuberance and extravagance. Life – being placed in the world – is full of fertile ecstasy. Through his work, Nitsch seeks catharsis through compassion and agony. For his solo exhibition at 1335MABINI, Nitsch will show paintings and works on paper he created between 1987 and 2010.