John Baldessari, Graduation, 2017, Safety Curtain, museum in progress, Vienna State Opera, 2017/2018, large-scale picture
For the twentieth "Safety Curtain", the jury (Daniel Birnbaum and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) selected the internationally renowned American artist John Baldessari. His large-scale picture "Graduation" was on display at the Vienna State Opera from 18 October 2017 until 28 June 2018.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the project, the Wiener Staatsoper and museum in progress were delighted to present the exhibition “Curtain – Vorhang” in the Marble Hall, which presented for the first time all previous works at the same time in one room. Beyond the actual curtain images that have originated over the years “Curtain – Vorhang” offered an associative and sensuous link to further related works of the participating artists in several different media forms.
An extensive catalogue published by Verlag für moderne Kunst documents the entire project.
The exhibition series "Safety Curtain" is a project of museum in progress in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera and the Bundestheater-Holding. Support: Bildrecht, Felbermayr; Sparkling Wine: Johann Kattus. Production: Trevision. Digital Imaging: Albert Winkler. Management: Kaspar Mühlemann Hartl, Alois Herrmann.