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 25th Safety Curtain, the jury (Daniel Birnbaum, Bice Curiger and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) selected the Chinese artist Cao Fei.

On the occasion of the Safety Curtain project, a signed edition by Cao Fei is available at museum in progress. By purchasing the edition, art and opera enthusiasts will be making an important contribution to the continuation of the exhibition series.

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. 2022/23 in cooperation with the project partner BLUE MOUNTAIN CONTEMPORARY ART (BMCA) and further support from ART for ART, Hotel Altstadt, Johann Kattus, Foto Leutner and PRIVAT BANK of Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich. 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