A TOUCH OF WHIMSY

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If you’re in Vi­enna later this year, pass by the Kun­sthis­torisches Mu­seum for a touch of Wes An­der­son whimsy. The acclaimed Amer­i­can film­maker and his part­ner Ju­man Malouf, author and cos­tume de­signer, were in­vited by the mu­seum to cu­rate a unique ex­hi­bi­tion. En­ti­tled Spitz­maus Mummy in a Cof­fin

and Other Treasures, the ex­hi­bi­tion was cre­ated on a rather daunt­ing premise: The mu­seum in­vited the direc­tor and cos­tume de­signer to comb through more than four mil­lion ob­jects in the mu­seum, both on pub­lic dis­play and stored in the mu­seum’s labyrinthine stor­age rooms and to se­lect their favourites. The ex­hi­bi­tion should prove to be an in­ter­est­ing one, with ob­jects from all 14 mu­seum col­lec­tions on dis­play. 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.

Im­age courtesy of Kun­sthis­torisches Mu­seum

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