Blog Dirimart and Hermann Nitsch review

Dirimart and Hermann Nitsch review

Posted Feb. 21, 2021, 4:41 p.m. by T

KFAI - Undead

Dirimart and Hermann Nitsch


I have to admit that Turkey has not necessarily been on my map of art destinations. As a matter of fact, Turkey is one of the few countries in Europe I have yet to visit.

All the more delighted I was when I came across Dirimart, i.e. the entity that was founded almost two decades ago by one Hazer Ozil in 2002 in Istanbul. It did not take long to discover Dirimart’s idiosyncratic approach and the DNA it has carved for itself when it comes to not only showcasing what Istanbul has to offer in the realm of art but that it has hosted a range of high profile exhibitions based on the relationships it was able to establish with critically acclaimed international artists as well as contemporary local ones.

It was through Dirimart that I was first exposed to the oeuvres of Turkish artists like Nasan Tur, Ayse Erkman, Gu?c?lu? O?ztekin, or  Mustafa Kunt, which expanded my horizons significantly and placed Turkey  and Dirimart specifically high on the list of must-visit destinations – especially since its new home, which was designed by architect Markus Dochantschi, with its outdoor sculpture garden looks like a great space to host art.

Having a faible for Hermann Nitsch, one of the founders of Viennese Actionism, I was intrigued to see that Dirimatr hosted him for exhibitions and released a catalogue with photographs of his ritual-like actions, i.e.  Orgien Mysterien Theater – an incarnation of which I have shed light on as part of a feature on MONA’s Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania, where I was lucky enough to meet the man, his all senses engaging art and visual theatre in the flesh – in the truest sense of the word.

Another fantastic publication of Dirimart’s extensive portfolio of high quality catalogues is one dedicated to Hermann Nitsch’s painting action of Hermann Nitsch during the Contemporary Istanbul art fair in 2013, which again makes me wonder how I could have gone on so long without having had Dirimart on my radar.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life – Launceston Distillery

Posted by T
May 3, 2021, 8:52 p.m.

Water of Life – Launceston Distillery   Our coverage of the Tasmanian whiskey landscape have mainly been focussed on Hobart and its surroundings, which could be perceived as one of ... read more

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Lonely Pla

Posted by T
May 2, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Lonely Planet   It has been almost fifty years since Lonely Planet was incepted, following Maureen and Tony Wheeler’s trip across Europe, Asia ... read more

We Have Always Been Minimalist book review

Posted by T
May 1, 2021, 8:06 p.m.

We Have Always Been Minimalist The Construction and Triumph of a Musical Style Christophe Levaux   Minimalism has always intrigued me – specifically in the realm of music. Having emerged ... read more

Water of Life – Martini

Posted by T
April 29, 2021, 6:11 p.m.

Water of Life Martini (Applewood Coral Gin and Regal Rogue) There are a myriad of cocktails but only few reliable ones that I’d confidently order in the more remote corners ... read more

Search/Play/Repeat - April 2021

Posted by Loren
April 28, 2021, 9:10 p.m.

Welcome to Search/Play/Repeat, a playlist blog here at SPB. Aaron normally posts these, but he’s working on some other fun stuff so I figured I’d take a stab at it. ... read more

KFAI - Root Of All Evil


Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.