Safety Curtain

"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 26th Safety Curtain, the jury (Daniel Birnbaum, Bice Curiger and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) selected the artist Anselm Kiefer.

The exhibition series “Safety Curtain” is a project of museum in progress in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera and the Bundestheater-Holding. Jury: Daniel Birnbaum, Bice Curiger and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. 2023/24 in cooperation with the project partners iSi Group and Thaddaeus Ropac. Further support from ART for ART, Hotel Altstadt and Johann Kattus. Media partners: Die Furche and Die Presse.

In 2002/03 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.

Production: Trevision; Digital Imaging: Albert Winkler