Wes Anderson and the Mouse Coffin

What happens when the multi-award winning US filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner Juman Malouf curate an exhibition in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna? - Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures!

Cult director Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Darjeeling Limited", "The Royal Tenenbaums") loves traveling through Europe by train. And has a passion for old things. So he gladly accepted the invitation of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (KHM) to browse its collection for a unique show together with his partner, costume designer and author Juman Malouf. For two whole years, both of them battled their way through more than four million paintings, art objects and works in the museum's storerooms and selected their favorites. The result is an exhibition that is slightly different from what can normally be seen at the KHM.

The show "Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures" presents over 400 unusual objects, many of which are being exhibited for the first time. In addition to the shrew coffin that gives the exhibition its title, these include ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, paintings by old masters, a selection of objects from the Kunstkammer and Schatzkammer, the Theater Museum and Ambras Castle near Innsbruck. In any case, the coming together and arrangement of these treasures gives a hint of the unbelievable abundance and density, history and complexity of the KHM's collections.

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures – Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf, November 6,2018 - April 28, 2019


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