Folks I can honestly say that I don't care too much for this show; I much prefer Paul Renner's The Consecration of the Bar. Nitsch's The Pharmacy is too morbid and grotesque for my taste. When you first enter Koenig, Inc there are a series of boring and banal paintings (by Hermann Nitsch) displayed on the wall; in the adjacent room/gallery is Nitsch's The Pharmacy set up. (actual) Blood soaked sheets made of jute dozens of glass dishes, a make shift pseudo altar, a cross made of plywood with thick nails sticking out and rope (which is reminiscent of The Passion of Christ) and a video performance of blood being fed to a "sacrificed" actor, is way too macabre for the likes of me. A major turn off for me was reading about in the (press release) about Nitsch's past performances of torturing, cutting and killing actual lambs (for the sake of art); it doesn't take a genius to figure out that he's 100% WRONG! Hermann Nitsch's The Pharmacy at Leo Koenig, Inc thru April 30th. - Madame J.
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