Hermann Nitsch Museum

Fondazione Morra - Istituto di Scienze delle Comunicazioni Visive promotes and organizes the research, the realization and the diffusion of the visual communications’ culture.
Fondazione Morra acquired the legal status since 2005, included in the “High Culture” Register and recognised Museum from 2007.
It is intended for production and transmission of inter-generational contemporary culture. It carries out its activities by setting guidelines to the comprehension of complex dynamics in micro and macro social systems of economies based on “communication’s culture” - through elaborations by each of its departments - and in referring to practical social and cultural conditions. Thus the Fondazione encourages work in spontaneous groups or with institutions, so as to increase involvement and employment of those who intend to promote communities capable of developing and using resources and territories pertaining to today’s present culture.
The Fondazione Morra has recently moved from its seat in the seventeenth century Palazzo dello Spagnuolo to Palazzo Ruffo di Bagnara, in Piazza Dante n. 89, and with Museum Nitsch in Vico Lungo Pontecorvo 29/d.

The new space dedicated to Hermann Nitsch, located in the city center, is marked by the strong features of a sober and neat late-nineteenth century façade. It can be seen as an operation stating conceptual continuity and coherent to the Fondazione Morra. It shows the traits of an industrial architecture that - in keeping its original markings - reveals a soft chalk-like completeness that has the charm of something that has kept to its geometric rigour, its sharp edges, its sober outlines, its architectural beauty.
This space - first conceived to host an electricity production plant - displays vast extensions, dense and laborious from a perceptive point of view, and an architectural body to be observed from the poetic angle of who has turned this abandoned structure into a creative compound: the Museum Hermann Nitsch - Archive Lab for Contemporaries Arts. A flexible multi-functional space, where to experiment a plurality of arts’ forms.

The Museum Hermann Nitsch has been created through a process involving the analysis of situations, facts and criteria, both objective and interpretative, the substantial value of which has engendered a series of central cores:
- the Collection, based on installations and works made by Nitsch - in collaboration with Giuseppe Morra - since 1974 to the present day, will change with biennial cadence;
- the Centre for Documentation, Education and Research - organised through informatics data, texts, images and events dating from the twentieth century on and the website being constantly updated - forms a scenery in which a single fragment in a given position will recall descriptive, critical and syntactic contents, thus forming a summary open to future analysis;
- the Library-Media Library that orders books, catalogues, criticism texts, articles,reviews, magazines, monographies, interviews, conferences, debates; this type of cataloguing will become an archive for research in artistic and scientific production and will provide in-depth itineraries for experts interested in historical and cultural research;
- the Department for Experimental/Independent Cinema collects videos from the Aktions made by Nitsch since 1970; it acts as a centre devoted to promotion and distribution of the independent cinema, annually inquiring the kinds, the thematic and methodologies of historical and contemporary film-makers;
- the Audio Library for Contemporary Music dating from 1940 on
- and the Centre for Performative and Multimedia Arts, digitalized and to be joined up to future archives, pertaining other sources or interdisciplinary events, as guidelines for primary aspects of research.

Qualified professionals will work at the production and cataloguing of documents and works, at the diffusion of knowledge and experiences, for an easy fruition - intervening on different aspects and disciplines concerning general organization and various departments, with specific and temporary partnerships linked to single events. This with the awareness that synergy - always useful, but here absolutely necessary - is the condition for defining a space open to opportunities and possibilities. A deeply felt necessity, in a historical and cultural period in which the mal-functioning of many social systems and managing structures call for an effort in accurately defining the respective tasks of those who operate in the cultural field.
The goal is to turn the user into a protagonist-active part in the Laboratory. And also to preserve historical memory by offering documents and instruments to describe the historical context and life of artists and their work.
The Museum, strongly linked to an anthropological basis, offers itself as a diverse place (the Tasting Room as an integration to the Terrace of Flavours and Colors conceived by Hermann Nitsch are under planning) where to meet people, state opinions, discuss art and its essence, its languages, its dramaturgy, its phenomena, which as theorized by the Viennese master “...are colored, have a hue, patterns and different definitions, resounding multi-colored in music, in sounds, in harmonies and dissonances”.

NEAPOLITAN WORKS - exhibition 2010-2013

45.aktion 10 April 1974, Studio Morra, Naples
54.lehraktion 29 April 1977, Studio Morra, Naples
18b.malaktion June-July 1986, casa Morra, Naples
96.aktion Pfingstfest Feast of Pentecost 26 May 1996, Vigna San Martino, Naples
54.malaktion August 2008, Museo Nitsch, Naples
130.aktion Pfingstfest Feast of Pentecost 23 May 2010, Museo Nitsch and Vigna San Martino, Naples
Scents, tastes and colors laboratory of the OM Theater
Aktions photos 1962-1966
OM Theater Architectures
Photos of 122.aktion 19 November 2005 Burgtheater, Wien

COLLECTION - exhibition 2008-2010

45.aktion 10.04.1974 Studio Morra, Naples
47.aktion 18-20.10.1974 Kunstmesse, Stand Studio Morra, Düsseldorf
51.aktion 24.06.1976 ArteFiera Bologna, Stand Studio Morra and Pari&Dispari, Bologna
56.aktion 01.06.1977 Requiem für meine frau beate, Chiesa di Santa Lucia, Bologna
63.aktion 10.06.1978 Teatro Romano, Trieste
68.aktion 20.08.1980 Convento delle Oblate, Florence
96.aktion 26.05.1996 Pfingstfest Feast of Pentecost, Vigna San Martino, Naples
108.lehraktion 05.07.2001 “Le tribù dell’arte II”, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome
18b.malaktion june-july 1986 Morra home, Naples
54.malaktion august 2008, Museo Nitsch, Naples

Scientific Committee

Prof. Achille Bonito Oliva
Prof. Mario Franco
Prof. Peter Gorsen
Prof. Maria Graff
Prof. Rita Leitenbor
Prof. Lorenzo Mango
Prof. Jürgen Schilling
Prof. Wieland Schmied


Theatre - Lorenzo Mango
Music - Elio Spagnuolo
Cinema - Mario Franco, Raffaella Morra
Document Center - Giuseppe Morra
Visual Arts - Vincenzo Bergamene