The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna started a program in 2012 that opened its doors for "remarkable creative individuals" to select pieces from their massive historical collection to present in an exhibition. Filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner Juman Malouf are the most recent curators in this program. So, for the last two years, they have been putting together their offbeat Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures.
Artnet describes the exhibit as "a totally quirky presentation of affectionate misfits":
Perhaps the duo’s penchant for the collection’s oddball items also stems from their own awareness of being outsiders in a prestigious establishment replete with trained art historians, curators, and conservators.
One senior curator said that some of museum staff were skeptical of the project at first. “We would get an email from Wes asking, ‘Do you have a list of green objects? Could you send us a list of everything you have that is yellow?’ Our data system does not have these categories.”
Because of this, the curators and conservators had to manually search their storage, an often painstaking process due climate controls and the condition checks needed, neither of which Anderson or Malouf were aware of.
The extra labor required was taxing, but the duo’s alternative criteria had a welcome side effect: It leveled the usual hierarchies. Several staff members said it resulted in new revelations. They just had to “learn to unlearn” their ways of working.
The exhibit opened November 6 and will be on view through April 28, 2019. Read the rest
Starring Bryan Cranston, Isle of Dogs is a new stop-motion animated movie from Wes Anderson, director of Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Looks very Wes Andersony! And check out this cast:
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Wes Anderson is raffling a chance to make dog sounds for his upcoming film Isle of Dogs, among other cool prizes. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Film Foundation, which has restored nearly 700 films. Read the rest
“Wes Anderson // Centered,” on Vimeo. Music: The New Lobby Boy by Alexandre Desplat. Read the rest
Perhaps this will soothe you. [Luís Azevedo, via Kottke]
Here are two more videos by the same creator, featuring father figures in Anderson's movies, and my favorite: books in Anderson's movies.
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For Wes Anderson's latest movie. Now, that man really knows how to put together an ensemble cast. [via Kottke] Read the rest
If you're a fan of Wes Anderson movies because you felt you could relate to the characters, then this is the infographic for you! Follow this flow chart (created by Jennifer Lewis at Flavorwire) to find out which Wes Anderson character you are. (For the record, I'm Steve Zissou. I haven't decided how to feel about this yet, but it's Bill Murray, so I'm leaning towards "tickled.") (via Flavorwire) Read the rest
Would Jason Schwartzman be a bad guy or a guy, or would that be the journey?
Artist Casey Weldon has cast Wes Anderson favorite Bill Murray as almost every character in Wes Anderson's movies. No, really, this is just as great as you're thinking it is. More images after the jump. Read the rest
Possibly realizing that he me have overstayed his welcome in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie that was not well-received, Johnny Depp has signed on to appear in Wes Anderson's next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which includes an illustrious cast of thousands and one Mr. Bill Murray. This means a couple of things: 1. There is a very good chance of seeing Johnny Depp walk in slow motion alongside people like Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, and (maybe) Angela Lansbury. And 2. He may also have the splendid opportunity to be hilarious and touching in the most subtle way possible. This... this is excellent news. Read the rest