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David Hockney hangs new curtain at Vienna Opera

It’s hallmark Hockney, made on his iPad and emailed over to the hallowed house.

Not sure I’d want it in the living room.

A bit closer:

photo: Vienna State Opera / Pöhn

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  1. Rosana Martins says:

    Is this a joke? This new curtain seems more appropriate in Disneyland!

  2. It might look even better inside the aluminum wrap of the Gehry Disney concert hall, or as a backdrop to a scene
    in Mark Morris’s next version of the Nutcracker (danced by a corp of monkeys and dolphins). Maybe, they could cut it up into little pieces and sell each one for ten euros to raise money for charity or, better yet, for a strike fund for the 99% in Greece or Spain (e.g., to “just say no” to the IMF and its shadowy members), then, each of the donees could have a little piece of Hockney (or is it hackney?) to admire in their living room or bathroom, while knowing that they were funding something useful (and exciting).

  3. It looks better from a distance. Reminds me of the drawings in Kay Thompson’s “Eloise” books.

  4. Peter Freeman says:

    Curtain or safety curtain? When I was last there the former was a featureless but attractively functional plain beige festoon pair. This riot of who knows what appears to have no centre split for announcements and bows so might be the latter.

    • I believe it’s the fire safety curtain. Every season the Vienna State Opera commissions an artist to do a new one.

      I wonder what happens to them after the season ends.

  5. paul myers says:

    Never mind. They can always sell it later. That could make up the budget on two new productions.

  6. Title of photo is “eiserne” or iron, so I guess it is the safety curtain. I fail to understand the criticism on here – it is the Vienna State Opera, they chose an Englishman to decorate their iconic house – we should be cheering rather than jeering this news.

  7. Yet another example of the Emperors New Clothes. Even the great arts institutions get suckered now and then.

  8. Benno Schollum says:

    Simply a waste of money!

  9. The image on it looks like rub-a-dub-dub three men in a tub, though it’s a bit hard to make out. Hilarious.

  10. Could have been worse – they could have chosen Tracey Emin.

  11. ENO’s safety surtain is a boring stolid black. This one is colourful & (in the old-fashioned sense of the word) delightfully gay. What a cheerless bunch of commentators! Hockney’s an artist who makes people smile. What’s worse, he offers accessible images that are understandable by us plebs. He’s also – as anyone who saw the recent RA exhibition will know – a very talented man, who’s using modern technology (iPad). I’d buy an iPad…but I haven’t his ability to draw..

  12. “He’s also – as anyone who saw the recent RA exhibition will know – a very talented man”

    I’ll decide that for myself, if it’s all the same to you.

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