Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf to Take Vienna

This autumn, the notorious aesthetic eye of Wes Anderson and that of his partner, designer and illustrator Juman Malouf, will combine to curate an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The museum, which reigns as largest art museum in Vienna, invited the pair to be next in a series of guest curators, following exhibitions decided by Ed Ruscha in 2012 and Edmund de Waal in 2016.

The duo will be able to draw from an outrageously large collection of historical artifacts and art-objects. Everything from antique musical instruments to intricately soldered coats of armor to Egyptian antiquities will be available to them. Perhaps most compellingly, they will also be able to draw from the Kunstkammer cabinet of curiosities collection.

Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf in the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Photo: © KHM-Museumsverband

Wes Anderson, whose pastel and sensuously symmetrical directorial vision has become one of the most well-known and influential in contemporary cinema, is responsible for blockbuster hits such as The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). His latest cinematic endeavor, the stop-motion animated feature Isle of Dogs, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on February 15 and will be generally released on March 23 in the United States and May 10 in Germany.

Juman Malouf herself is well-versed in art and art history having graduated from Brown University in Fine Arts and Art History. She also boasts a MFA in Set and Costume Design from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Malouf has often collaborated with Anderson on the design and style of his films.
The combined sensibilities of Anderson and Malouf will doubtless be brought to a new artistic level as they curate this exhibition, which will be on view at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna from September 11, 2018 to January 20, 2019.