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 23rd "Safety Curtain", the jury (Daniel Birnbaum, Bice Curiger and Hans-Ulrich Obrist) selected the internationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems.

A limited and signed benefit edition by Carrie Mae Weems was published by museum in progress. By purchasing this print you'll be making an important contribution to the continuation of this exhibition series.

In the display windows of PRIVAT BANK of the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich in Vienna, Operngasse 2, a supplementary exhibition is being presented showing works by Carrie Mae Weems.

The exhibition series “Safety Curtain” is a project of museum in progress in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera and the Bundestheater-Holding. In 2020 the project was kindly made possible by the Christian Zeller Privatstiftung.

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.

Support: PRIVAT BANK of the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, ART for ART and Foto Leutner. Media partner: Die Furche.

Production: Trevision; Digital Imaging: Albert Winkler

Carrie Mae Weems: Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.