Large scale works by Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly and others

Cy Twombly - Bacchus, 2010-11, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
Cy TwomblyBacchus, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2010-11, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Safety Curtain is an on-going exhibition series taking place in the Vienna State Opera, Austria. The exhibition transforms the safety curtain into a temporary show for contemporary artists every year. The Vienna Opera has been hosting art shows since 1869 and tries to find new and interesting ways to address viewers as well as attract new audiences. However, it is also well known for being a world-class destination for global opera lovers as well as Renaissance Revival architecture.

For now 20 seasons, the Vienna Opera’s safety curtain has included art that has been specifically made for the opera house. The Safety curtain has featured a list of impressive artists such as John Baldessari, Cy Twombly, Tacita Dean, Matthew Barney, Jeff Koons, David Hockney, and Franz West just to mention a few of the famous names.

Although the Vienna Opera’s safety curtain has now grown in popularity since the theater started exhibiting contemporary art, it took some time before people and audiences came to accept the modern conceptual art. Despite the skepticism, the show continues to introduce new artists to society to this day.

Last year, the safety curtain for the 2017 season was unveiled on November 30. The show, titled A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts III by American artist Tauba Auerbach resembled a glowing X-Ray of modern times. The x-ray like images were created to represent the fast pace in which we are living in where people are always at risk of losing themselves and forgetting the things that are most important in life. Tauba created this piece to inspire the young generation to take a break from their screens so that they can really experience their thoughts and feelings instead of posting them as images on the endless social media platforms available.

For the 2017/2018 safety curtain, the Vienna Opera selected internationally acclaimed American artist John Baldessari. Baldessari created Graduation, 2017 to feature in the show, much to the delight of the visitors attending.

Cy Twombly - Bacchus, 2010-11, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Cy TwomblyBacchus, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2010-11, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Cerith Wyn Evans - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2011-2012, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
Cerith Wyn Evansy, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2011-12, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Christine Hohenbuchler and Irene Hohenbuchler - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 1999-2000, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria, 1
Christine Hohenbuchler and Irene Hohenbuchler, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 1999-2000, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria


Christine Hohenbuchler and Irene Hohenbuchler, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 1999-2000, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

David Hockney - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2012-2013, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
David Hockney, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2012-13, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - Helen & Gordon, 2015:16, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterHelen & Gordon, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2015-16, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Franz West - Drei— Vom Vorgang ins Temperament, 2009-10, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Franz WestDrei— Vom Vorgang ins Temperament, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2009-10, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Franz West - Drei— Vom Vorgang ins Temperament, 2009-10, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Franz WestDrei— Vom Vorgang ins Temperament, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2009-10, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Giulio Paolini - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2002-2003, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Giulio Paolini, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2002-03, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Giulio Paolini - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2002-2003, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Giulio Paolini, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2002-03, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Jeff Koons - Geisha 2007-08, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Jeff KoonsGeisha, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2007-08, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Jeff Koons - Geisha 2007-08, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Jeff KoonsGeisha, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2007-08, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Joan Jonas - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2014-2015, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
Joan Jonas, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2014-15, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

John Baldessari - Graduation, Safety Curtain 2017:2018, Vienna State Opera Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
John BaldessariGraduation, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2017-18, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Kara Walker - Eiserner Vorhang, 1998:1999, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Kara Walker, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 1998-99, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Kara Walker - Eiserner Vorhang, 1998:1999, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Kara Walker, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 1998-99, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Maria Lassnig - Frühstück mit Ohr (Breakfast with Ear), 2005-2006 Frühstück mit Ohr (Breakfast with Ear), 2005-2006, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Maria LassnigFrühstück mit Ohr (Breakfast with Ear), Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2005-06, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Maria Lassnig - Frühstück mit Ohr (Breakfast with Ear), 2005-2006 Frühstück mit Ohr (Breakfast with Ear), 2005-2006, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Maria LassnigFrühstück mit Ohr (Breakfast with Ear), Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2005-06, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Matthew Barney - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2000-2001, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Matthew Barney, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2000-01, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Matthew Barney - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2000-2001, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Matthew Barney, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2000-01, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Oswald Oberhuber - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2013-14, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Matthew Barney, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2000-01, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Oswald Oberhuber - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2013-14, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Oswald Oberhuber, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2013-14, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Richard Hamilton - Retard en Fer (Delay in Iron), 2001:02, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Oswald Oberhuber, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2013-14, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Richard Hamilton - Retard en Fer (Delay in Iron), 2001:02, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Richard HamiltonRetard en Fer (Delay in Iron), Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2001-02, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Rirkrit Tiravanija - Angst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul) 2006-07, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Rirkrit TiravanijaAngst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul), Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2006-07, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Rirkrit Tiravanija - Angst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul) 2006-07, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Rirkrit TiravanijaAngst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul), Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2006-07, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Rosemarie Trockel - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2008-2009, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Rosemarie Trockel, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2008-09, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Rosemarie Trockel - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2008-2009, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria2
Rosemarie Trockel, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2008-09, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Tacita Dean - Play as Cast, 2004-2005, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1
Tacita DeanPlay as Cast, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2004-05, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Tacita Dean - Play as Cast, 2004-2005, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 2
Tacita DeanPlay as Cast, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2004-05, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Tauba Auerbach - A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts III, Eiserner Vorhang 2016:2017, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austri
Tauba AuerbachA Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts III, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2016-17, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Thomas Bayrle - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2003-2004, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria, 1
Thomas Bayrle, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2003-04, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Thomas Bayrle - Eiserner Vorhang (Safety Curtain), 2003-2004, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria, 2
Thomas Bayrle, Eiserner Vorhang (Iron Curtain) 2003-04, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

 

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