In 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna initiated a new series of exhibitions for which remarkable creative individuals are invited to present their own personal selections of objects drawn from the museum’s historical collections. The museum’s collections number more than four million objects, and span a period of five thousand years.
For the 2018 edition, American filmmaker Wes Anderson and writer and illustrator Juman Malouf have been selected by Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna to curate the exhibition. Titled Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures, this special exhibition marks the third instalment of this series and opened on 6th November 2018.
The exhibition includes over 400 objects drawn from all fourteen of the museum’s historical collections, assembled by Anderson and Malouf with assistance from the museum’s staff of curators and conservators. Among them 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.
On the exhibition, the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s director Sabine Haag has said:
“My gratitude to Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf for having accepted our invitation to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and for having found a convincing format for their aesthetically highly stimulating presentation of their encounter with our objects. We hope that this spectacular project will inspire many visitors to see our collections in a new light at the Kunsthistorisches Museum
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Fondazione Prada and will be presented at the Fondazione Prada, Milan, from October 2019. Jasper Sharp (Kunsthistorisches Museum) and Mario Mainetti (Fondazione Prada) have assisted with the curation. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with text contributions from Sabine Haag, Jasper Sharp and Wes Anderson.
Kvadrat has supported the exhibition with 500 meters of Divina 3
textile in a selection of colours which upholster the walls in the different areas of the exhibition space.