Wes Anderson is famous for his movies like Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Royal Tenenbaums. Andersons love for details and attention to distinct color schemes, is one of the many reasons, why his arthouse fan base adores his work. And that is what he brought to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Because the ancient museum asked him and his wife Juman Malouf to curate an exhibition, which just opened at the 8th of November 2018. This exhibition follows the new concept by curator Jason Sharp of the museum, who had the question in mind: What would happen if an important contemporary artist were to put together an exhibition from depot stocks?


The director and his wife about their choice

Different than maybe expected, you will not see some of his movie works in this exhibition, because it is a museum which exhibits art pieces from ancient centuries. Anderson and his wife did what they do best: Compose a new, but very satisfying world by arranging a selection of adorable or fascinating pieces.


Wes Anderson says about the exhibition: “While Juman Malouf and I cannot claim the merit of having conceived and created even one of the works shown in this exhibition, we have the modest wish that the unconventional composition and arrangement of the presented works will have an influence on the confrontation of many future generations with art and antiquity in a minor, perhaps even trivial, but in any case ascertainable way.”


A new concept for curating exhibitions with historical masterpieces

“Our programme of exhibitions entrusted to artists premiered in 2012 with a project by the American painter and draughtsman Ed Ruscha and continued a few years later with the British ceramic artist and writer Edmund de Waal”, says Sharp about the new exhibition series of the historical museum in Vienna.


The exhibition is a cooperation between the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Fondazione Prada. The exhibition will be on view at the Fondazione Prada in Milan from October 2019.

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Photo credits: © KHM-Museumsverband, photographer Rafaela Proell

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