For the 22nd Safety Curtain exhibition conceived by museum in progress ( and organised in cooperation with the Wiener Staatsoper and Bundestheater-Holding since 1998, the jury (Daniel Birnbaum, Hans-Ulrich Obrist) has chosen the internationally renowned Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth. The large-format picture (176 m2) will be unveiled at a press conference at the Wiener Staatsoper on Thursday, 10 October 2019.

On this occasion, a limited and signed lithograph by Martha Jungwirth will be presented. By purchasing this print (made by workshop Kurt Zein), which shows the subject of the Safety Curtain, art and opera enthusiasts will be making an important contribution to the continuation of this exhibition series.

In the “Donizetti-Salon” at the Wiener Staatsoper the lithograph and three original works by Martha Jungwirth, which feature many-layered references to the Safety Curtain, will also be exhibited and can be seen during performance visits.

The legendary author Friederike Mayröcker wrote a poetic text about the Safety Curtain of Martha Jungwirth. She will present her text at the press conference. Jungwirth was born in Vienna in 1940. Her work alternates constantly between abstract and figurative painting from her vantage point at the interface between the two. She favours paper as the principle medium for paintings. Her many-faceted colour compositions convey her highly sensitive perception of reality. The artist’s work was seriously undervalued for a long time, however today she is ranked amongst the most important contemporary artists globally.

Martha Jungwirth’s works have been presented in numerous single and group exhibitions as for instance at the Albertina in Vienna, the documenta in Kassel, at the gallery Fergus McCaffrey in New York, the Kunsthalle Krems, the Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, at the mumok in Vienna, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey in Mexiko, the Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen in Passau, at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the 21er Haus. In 2012 Jungwirth was awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art and in 2018 the Oskar Kokoschka Prize.

The Safety Curtain 2019/2020 is kindly supported by the auction house im Kinsky and the PRIVAT Bank of the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, with further support of ART for ART, Barta & Partner, Bildrecht and Johann Kattus.


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