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Wes Anderson-curated exhibition in Vienna teased at Art Basel

/ 08:27 PM June 18, 2018

Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf for #ViennaGoesWes. Image: KHM – Museumsverband via AFP Relaxnews

At Art Basel, which concluded on Sunday, the Vienna tourism board offered visitors a sneak preview of an exhibition in which director Wes Anderson will display his favorite objects from the city’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The American filmmaker and his wife, Juman Malouf, an author and costume designer, were together invited to browse through more than four million objects from the collection of the art history museum, both its public displays and its labyrinthine storage rooms, and choose their favorites.


The resulting exhibition, “Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf: The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures,” will be the latest in a series of shows that began with projects curated by Ed Ruscha (2012) and Edmund de Waal (2016).

It marks the first time works will be chosen from all 14 collections of the museum’s collections, which include Egyptian antiquities, Greek and Roman antiquities, musical instruments, a Coin Cabinet, Imperial Armoury and more.


A catalog containing illustrations of all exhibited works will be published to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition will take place from Nov. 6, 2018 through April 28, 2019 before traveling to the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

At Art Basel, visitors were able to preview the show in a coffee-house-style lounge, part of a campaign surrounding the exhibition called #ViennaGoesWes.


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_________________________ Hotel Sacher | Vienna, Austria | c. 1876 • • The Hotel Sacher is a five-star hotel located in the Innere Stadt first district of Vienna, Austria, vis-à-vis to the Vienna State Opera. It is famous for the specialty of the house, the Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot filling. There is also an art gallery in the hotel with works from the 19th century • • The hotel was founded in 1876 as a maison meublée at the site of the demolished Theater am Kärntnertor by the restaurateur and k.u.k. purveyor to the court Eduard Sacher (1843–1892) • • His father, the confectioner Franz Sacher (1816–1907) had become famous for his Sachertorte, which he allegedly created for a reception given by Austrian State Chancellor Klemens von Metternich in 1832 • • In 1880 he married Anna Sacher née Fuchs (1859–1930), who became managing director after his death and under her management the hotel became one of the finest in the world, where the aristocracy and diplomats would meet • • After World War I, Anna Sacher upheld the upper-class reputation of the hotel and denied service to guests of non-aristocratic descent, at the same time granting generous credit to impoverished aristocrats. Her management ran the business into financial problems and eventually to bankruptcy and change of ownership in the 1930s • • In 1934, the hotel business was taken over by the Gürtler family under the company name "Eduard Sacher GmbH & Co OHG" and the building was extensively renovated • • The hotel has a storied past and served as a popular setting for spy movies – most famously, this where Graham Greene was inspired to write the script for the 1949 film noir 'The Third Man' • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @papapaulbauer • ✍: @viennatouristboard + @wikipedia • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #AccidentalWesAnderson #HotelSacher #ViennaGoesWes #SymmetricalMonsters #Vienna #Austria

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#ViennaGoesWes is also collaborating with the popular Instagram destination AccidentallyWesAnderson on a prize draw inviting the public to share images taken in Vienna that best capture Anderson’s signature compositions and love of symmetry. JB


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