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Wes Anderson’s Latest Pursuit Isn’t Cinema – But It Sure Is Cinematic...

Wes Anderson’s Latest Pursuit Isn’t Cinema – But It Sure Is Cinematic

Wes Anderson’s Latest Pursuit Isn’t Cinema – But It Sure Is Cinematic

The celebrated American director who has morphed from cult icon to mainstream success has collaborated with Beirut-born set and costume designer Juman Malouf on a new exhibition for the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna in Vienna.

In the heart of Vienna, opposite the Opera House, resides Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: an art museum charactised by an octagonal dome and palatial surrounds.

Inside, however, a new exhibition marries traditional with contemporary. Texan-born director Wes Anderson, known and celebrated for his highly stylised films and quirky plots, has collaborated with the Beirut-born set, costume and fashion designer and recent novelist Juman Malouf.

Since 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna has been inviting globally respected creative individuals to curate their own personal selections of objects drawn from the museum’s historical collections. Collections that exceed four million objects and span a period of five thousand years.

Opened on the 6th November, Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures, marked the 2019 iteration of this initiative, Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf’s curation.

Within the exhibition are Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Old Master paintings, selections from the Kunstkammer and the Imperial Treasury, items from the Imperial Armoury, Coin Collection, and Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, as well as pieces from the Theatermuseum, the Weltmuseum, the Imperial Carriage Museum, and Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.

Kvadrat has supported the exhibition with 500 meter of Divina 3 textile in a selection of colours which upholster the walls in the different areas of the exhibition space.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

All photography © KHM-Museumsverband 

Portrait above and in hero by Rafaela Proell. © KHM-Museumsverband 

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Holly Cunneen was the editor of Habitus and has spent her time in the media writing about architecture, design and our local industry. With a firm view that “design has a shared responsibility to the individual as much as it does the wider community,” her personal and professional trajectory sees her chart the interests, accomplishments, and emerging patterns of behaviour within the architecture and design community.