Nitsch & Caravaggio

film - documentary

Production by : Fondazione Morra – Museo Nitsch
Agency : Camerastylo Film
Director : Mario franco
DP : Stefano Aletto – Emmanuele Pinto
editing: Emmanuele Pjnto – Stefano Aletto


To continue the series of meetings born from the project Nitsch & Caravaggio, the Mueum Archive Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts Hermann Nitsch offers a new event.
An exclusive dialogue between two Great Masters, consacrated by the installation curated by the father of Viennese Actionism and located within the quintessential Caravaggio locus, the Sacristy of Pio Monte della Misericordia, which has obtained numerous consensuses for the entire month of May 2010.
The initiative intends to stimulate reflection on the tendency and elaboration of the radical experience of truth in painting disclosed by Caravaggio in the multitude of forms of production that also characterize the contemporary, though the discourse of art historians endowed both with a wide ranging view and an active involvement in militant criticism and some of the most original voices of the current European philosophical thought.
On this occasion our attention and that of Master Nitsch will be concentrated on Prodessor Adriana Corrado, English teacher at the University of Sannio, and on Professor Robert C. Morgan, Art teacher and Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, New York (USA) and first to receive the “Arcale” prize in international art criticism at Salamanca, Spain (1999).
His career boasts numerous presences both for conferences and as artist at art Biennials, especially in the East (Shanghai 2002 ; Sculpture Biennial of Teheran 2007 ; Singapore Art Fair 2008 ; Istanbul Biennial 2009).
Professor Morgan introduces his presentation by saying:
“Looking at a reproduction of the Caravaggio painting -Natura morta con canestro di frutta-, I am reminded of the use that Nitsch makes of flowers in relation to his installations of celebrative artifacts, clothing, utensils and textiles stained with blood and pigment. Often there is the presence of flowers as a resolution or reconciliation regarding the fundamental aspects of nature and the antique rituals that involve animal sacrifices and the human body. I believe that the esthetic representation of violence in the works of Caravaggio and Nitsch share a common ground, often represented by the presence of flowers and fruits, that express the reciprocity of nature with the breaking points that repeatedly happen inexplicably throughout the course human history. But there is an element of redemption within every artist who transcends religiosity and feeds the soul in terms of recovery and psychic power. These oppositions are what I’d like to explore in my presentation on the purity and intensity of the works of these two artists.”