Safety Curtain

Curtain – Vorhang

Marble Hall of the Vienna State Opera
18 October 2017 until 4 July 2018

Bildraum Bodensee in Bregenz (Seestraße 5)
23 August until 27 September 2018

The exhibition "Curtain – Vorhang" documents the long-term art project "Safety Curtain" of museum in progress and the Wiener Staatsoper. The "Safety Curtain" exhibition series has represented a symbolic interface between performance and visual arts since 1998. Beyond the reproductions of the actual curtain images that have originated over the years "Curtain – Vorhang" offers an associative and sensuous link to further related works of the participating artists in several different media forms. These supplementary works present a great variety of artistic explorations of the motives opera, music and performance. With "Artists Talking" the exhibition includes a conversation series with internationally renowned artists, which was initiated in 1992 and is based on a unique concept by Peter Kogler and museum in progress. The art project "Safety Curtain", because of its quality, its year-long existence and its dimension of 176 m² is singular and enables a distinctive perspective of art history of the past twenty years.

Jury "Safety Curtain": Daniel Birnbaum and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Artists: Tauba Auerbach, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Thomas Bayrle, Tacita Dean, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Christine & Irene Hohenbüchler, Joan Jonas, Jeff Koons, Maria Lassnig, Oswald Oberhuber, Giulio Paolini, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker and Franz West

The exhibition catalogue was published by Verlag für moderne Kunst in 2017.