Safety Curtain

Safety Curtain 2019/2020

For the 22nd Safety Curtain, the jury (Daniel Birnbaum and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) selected the internationally renowned Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth.

Safety Curtain is an exhibition series conceived by museum in progress in cooperation with Wiener Staatsoper that has been transforming the safety curtain of the main stage into an exhibition space for contemporary art since 1998. The large-format pictures (176 square metres) are fixed on the safety curtain with magnets.

On 4 December 2019 the main work “The Trojan Horse” by Martha Jungwirth, which corresponds to her Safety Curtain, was sold in an auction at the auction house im Kinsky. Half of the proceeds was kindly dedicated to the support of the art project Safety Curtain.

Furthermore, a limited and signed lithograph by Martha Jungwirth is available at museum in progress: By purchasing this lithograph (made by workshop Kurt Zeit), art and opera enthusiasts will be making an important contribution to the continuation of this exhibition series of museum in progress at the Wiener Staatsoper. The edition is being presented in an exhibition in the display windows of PRIVAT BANK of the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich in Vienna, Operngasse 2.

In the Donizetti-Salon at the Wiener Staatsoper, museum in progress temporarily exhibited original works by Martha Jungwirth, which featured many-layered references to the Safety Curtain.

On 10 October 2019, the day of the press conference, a full-page newspaper art multiple was published in the weekly newspaper Die Furche. It features another Trojan Horse by Martha Jungwirth from the work cycle shown in the Donizetti-Salon at the Wiener Staatsoper. The image is merged with a text by Friederike Mayröcker, which she wrote about the Safety Curtain of Jungwirth.

Safety Curtain is a project of museum in progress in cooperation with the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bundestheater-Holding, kindly supported in 2019 by the auction house im Kinsky and the PRIVAT BANK der Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, with additional support of ART for ART, Barta & Partner and Bildrecht. Media partner: Die Furche, Courtesy: Galerie Krinzinger.