Voyage à Naples
Exhibition Voyage à Naples, curated by Léa Bismuth, with works by Romina De Novellis (Naples, 1982) and Hermann Nitsch (Vienna, 1938), two artists who have found the highest expression of their art in the intense performative action.
The Venetian venue of the gallery will host a deep visual reflection on the theme of the body and its limits; an exploration between the practices of the two artists, in an interweaving of multiple tensions that intends to cross different Italian geographies: from Venice to Naples, where the volcano and its collective imagination play a fundamental role.
The gesture, repeated, prolonged and exhausting in the practice of De Novellis, ritual and desecrating in Nitsch’s, is the fil rouge in a cathartic journey through videos, photographs and canvases, stitching the wide time gaps that divide the works of the two artists. The two are involved in a process of ‘total art’, which aims to awaken the senses of the visitor who participates with his own emotions in the work itself.
Hermann Nitsch finds in the action that provokes repugnance and repulsion the medium to bring man closer to his instincts and subconscious. A fundamental element within the socalled Viennese Actionism, Nitsch is known for its Theatre of orgies and mysteries, for the staging of para-religious rites that aim at abreaction, i.e. the liberation of repressed human instincts. Art, a means to intensify the process of creation, is for the Austrian artist an opportunity for spiritual ascent. The material - blood, colour - continuously regenerated in the performances is also laid on the canvas as an evident imprint of that regenerative and cathartic process.
The artist has a special bond with Naples, source of inspiration for many of his most significant, extreme and ritualized Aktionen. Arrived in 1974, it is here, in fact, that he plays, thanks to the support of Giuseppe Morra, the note 45°aktion that, accompanied by a "wild music", which reflects the temperament and ardor of the south, leads him to the temporary expulsion from the Italian soil.