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Filmmaker Wes Anderson and Designer Juman Malouf Curate a Curious Museum Exhibition

  • VIENNA, Austria
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  • October 18, 2018

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Wes Anderson & Juman Malouf Picture Gallery, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna © KHM-Museumsverband

Continuing the exhibition series that began with Ed Ruscha (2012) and Edmund de Waal (2016), the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has
invited the acclaimed American filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner Juman Malouf, a celebrated author and costume designer, to curate a very special exhibition at the museum.

The invitation was a simple but daunting one: to comb through more than four million objects, both on public display and tucked away in the museum’s labyrinthine storage rooms, and to select their favourites.

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"Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures from the Kunsthistorisches Museum" will be on view November 6, 2018 – April 28, 2019. See Wes Craven's trailer for the exhibition here.The exhibition will include objects from all fourteen collections of the museum: Old Master Paintings, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Kunstkammer, the Imperial Treasury, the Coin Cabinet, the Imperial Armoury, the Imperial Carriage Museum, the Collection of Historical Musical Instruments, the Weltmuseum, the Theater Museum, the Ephesos Museum, the Library and Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck. Objects from the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, will also be included. It is the first exhibition that Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf have curated, and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.

Wes Anderson (born Houston, Texas) is among the most renowned and successful film directors working today. His films include Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). His new film, Isle of Dogs, will be released in April 2018.

Juman Malouf (born Beirut, Lebanon) graduated from Brown University, Rhode Island, with a BA in Fine Arts and Art History. She later received an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York, for Set and Costume Design. She has designed and illustrated for theatre, film, and fashion in the United States and Europe. Her first novel, The Trilogy of Two, was published in 2015.

Following its presentation in Vienna, the exhibition will travel to the Fondazione Prada, Milan.

Jasper Sharp explains the exhibition here.


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