Max Weiler in his studio at the Academy of fine arts in Vienna, 1965

Weiler found himself in quite a different situation when he was commissioned to paint the "Iron Curtain in the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck" (1967). Viewed from the auditorium, this work has the appearance of a static picture. The painting, which shows an imaginary apocalyptic scene in nature, was given a complicated title by Weiler that is essentially a brief summary of its subject matter: "The spoke of the bloody wheel of fortune revolves around the dark sun. Ruins and figures in a landscape with one prophetic figure." The prophetic figure referred to in the work's title commemorates Ludwig von Ficker of Innsbruck, a long-standing friend of Weiler, who died just as the painting was being completed.


The "Iron Curtain" also demonstrates the close link between Weiler's paintings for public places and the rest of his art, constituting a kind of summary of the works Weiler did between 1961 and 1967 under the general heading and title "Like a Landscape". The curtain, which has a total area of approximately 110 square meters divided into a series of sections, was painted in Weiler's studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he had been given a teaching post in 1964.

Installation view in the Tiroler Landestheater with iron curtain
Iron curtain in the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, 1967
Egg tempera on canvas glued on iron
1000 x 1100 cm
Iron curtain in the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck - detail, 1967
Iron curtain in the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck - detail, 1967
On the left side in mirror writing the dedication: "In memory of Ludwig von Ficker", who died in this year. Max Weiler had portrayed the writer and publisher in 1956 and 1957.
Iron curtain in the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck - detail, 1967
Design, 1967
Egg tempera, charcoal on paper
122,6 x 148 cm
Colour design, 1967
Egg tempera on paper
60 x 88cm
Design, 1967
Egg tempera, Indian ink on paper
60 x 88 cm
Sketch, 1967
Indian ink on paper
60 x 88 cm