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A Look Inside Wes Anderson's First Curated Art Exhibition

Along with partner Juman Malouf, the 'Isle of Dogs' director is overseeing an art exhibition for Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum.
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
December 23, 2018
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A Look Inside Wes Anderson's First Curated Art Exhibition

Along with partner Juman Malouf, the 'Isle of Dogs' director is overseeing an art exhibition for Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum.
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
December 23, 2018
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Well-known for his visual distinctive style and fondness for symmetry across films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson is now playing museum curator. Alongside his partner, set designer and illustrator Juman Malouf, he's put together an exhibition for Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum: Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures.

The creative couple were given a task that plenty would envy: trawling through the Kunsthistorisches Museum's more than four million objects, and selecting their favourites from the incredibly broad collection of in-house artifacts. The end result includes items from all 14 of the museum's collections, which span old master paintings, Greek and Roman antiquities, Imperial coins and more. Think pieces like historical musical instruments, suits of armour, foreign antiques, carriages and sleighs, plus a fully illustrated catalogue.

If you're wondering what inspired Anderson, he explains in the exhibition catalogue that, with Malouf, he harbours "the humble aspiration that the unconventional groupings and arrangement of the works on display may influence the study of art and antiquity in minor, even trivial, but nevertheless detectable ways for many future generations to come".

And if you're not planning to be in Austria before April 28, 2019 — or in Italy afterwards, with the exhibition set to travel to the Fondazione Prada in Milan at a yet-to-be-announced date — here's a look at what's on offer.

Exhibition view. © KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view. © KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view. © KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view. © KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view. © KHM-Museumsverband

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures exhibits at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum until April 28, 2019.

Images: © KHM-Museumsverband.

Published on December 23, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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