“Safety Curtain” is an exhibition series conceived by museum in progress in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera, which transforms the safety curtain into a temporary exhibition space for contemporary art. For the 22nd “Safety Curtain”, the jury (Daniel Birnbaum and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) selected the internationally renowned artist Martha Jungwirth. Her large-scale picture will be presented at a press conference on Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 11am.
In the Donizetti-Salon at the Wiener Staatsoper, museum in progress exhibits original works by Martha Jungwirth, which feature many-layered references to the Safety Curtain. They can be seen during performance visits.
The legendary author Friederike Mayröcker wrote a poetic text about the Safety Curtain of Martha Jungwirth. She will present her text at the opening.
Furthermore, a limited and signed lithograph by Martha Jungwirth will be presented. By purchasing this print (made by workshop Kurt Zein), which shows the subject of the Safety Curtain, art and opera enthusiasts will be making an important contribution to the continuation of this exhibition series. Further information and nonbinding subscription (10% discount until 10 October) under: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition series “Safety Curtain” is a project of museum in progress in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera and the Bundestheater-Holding, kindly supported in 2018 by the auction house im Kinsky and the PRIVAT Bank of the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich.
In 2002/2003 museum in progress presented a “Safety Curtain” by the artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset at the Komische Oper Berlin. Curator: Ina Blom. In 2019 the Safety Curtain “Helen & Gordon” by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (from 2015/16) was newly presented at the Opéra Théâtre de Metz in cooperation with the Centre Pompidou-Metz.
The large-format pictures (Vienna: 176 square metres, Berlin: 90 square metres) are produced and installed using an innovative process: The images are printed on plastic-nets and they are fixed with magnets on the safety curtain.
Support: ART for ART, Barta & Partner Managing Art Insurance and Bildrecht; Media partner: Die Furche. Catering: Gerstner, Sparkling Wine: Johann Kattus.
Production: Trevision; Digital Imaging: Albert Winkler
Martha Jungwirth: Courtesy Galerie Krinzinger.