Gallery Met: Stage Fright

Stage Fright
Celebrating the opening of the 2007–08 season
Guillermo Kuitca
September 19, 2007 – November 1, 2007

The first exhibition by an individual artist, Guillermo Kuitca’s Stage Fright featured small works on paper, large theater collages, and a series of drawings by the Argentine artist—all of which were new works inspired by opera. A collection of abstract works on paper, titled 32 Seating Plans, was created for the exhibition and inspired by the seating charts of famous opera houses and theaters around the world, including the Paris’s Opéra Bastille and Palais Garnier, Teatro Colón in Buenos Airea, Milan’s La Scala, London’s Royal Opera House, and the Met. A multiple-part suite of works on paper, titled The Flying Dutchman, were also featured. These drawings were created from Kuitca’s set design for Wagner’s opera, which premiered at the Teatro Colón in 2003. Stage Fright captured the vivid and dramatic experience of being in the theater—either in the audience or on the stage.


  • Bayreuth Festspielhaus
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Glyndebourne Opera House
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro del Liceu
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Staatsoper unter den Linden
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Unidentified Theater
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • La Monnaie
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro Colón
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Mussorgsky Theater
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Bayerische Staatsoper
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Deutche Oper Berlin
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • San Francisco Opera
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Metropolitan Opera
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Covent Garden
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Opéra Bastille
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Wiener Staatsoper
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro Colón
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro all Scala
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Palais Garnier
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • New York City Opera
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Covent Garden
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Sydney Opera House
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Bayreuth Festspielhaus
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Mariinsky Theater
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Opernhaus Zurich
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Státní Opera Praha
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Staatsoper unter den Linden
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Toronto Opera House
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro la Fenice
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro Real
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Mariinsky Theater
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Teatro alla Scala
    32 Seating Plans, 2007
    mixed media on paper, 32 parts
    11 x 8 1/2 inches each sheet
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Metropolitan Opera, 2004
    mixed media on paper
    58 5/8 x 58 5/8 inches
    Private collection
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Wiener Staatsoper, 2005
    mixed media on paper
    58 5/8 x 58 5/8 inches
    Private collection
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Covent Garden VI, 2005
    mixed media on paper
    58 5/8 x 58 3/4 inches
    Private collection
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • The Ring, 2002
    altered ink-jet prints, 4 parts
    10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches
    The Museum of Modern Art, NY
    The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift, 2005 

  • Lincoln Center Triptych, 2002
    altered ink-jet prints, 3 parts
    16 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches
    The Museum of Modern Art, NY 

  • The Flying Dutchman I, 2007
    ink of paper, 15 parts
    26 x 46 3/4 inches each sheet
    84 x 245 inches overall
    Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, NY 

  • Installation view of Guillermo Kuitca’s Stage Fright

  • Installation view of Guillermo Kuitca’s Stage Fright

  • Installation view of Guillermo Kuitca’s Stage Fright

  • Installation view of Guillermo Kuitca’s Stage Fright