If Vienna happens to be one of your upcoming travel destinations, a real gem - or two! - is already waiting for you. The capital of art nouveau and historical panache houses two unique exhibitions: one of them has been hand-picked and curated by Wes Anderson and designer Juman Malouf; the second - from Sagmeister & Walsh - invites a deep dive into the nature of beauty.
Two different exhibitions prepared by two unique duos share one crucial element - the belief in beauty as a force that significantly impacts our perception of reality.
Wes Anderson and his partner, designer Juman Malouf have been invited to collaborate on a unique project envisaged by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna boasting one of the greatest collections of art in the world. The couple has used the opportunity to indulge their love of the old school and create an aesthetic marvel by selecting pieces of art from the museum’s entire collection available both in exhibition and storage spaces. The result is a one-of-a-kind exposition featuring classic masterpieces alongside Egyptian mummies, musical instruments, costumes, props, gold coins, weapon, and medals! Anderson, known for his distinctive style and love of symmetry, has created unique compositions whose narrative, color, and form enchant the audience. The world has never seen an exhibition like this one!
Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures
Wes Anderson & Juman Malouf
6.11.2018 - 28.04. 2019
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Stefan Sagmeister - a legendary figure in the world of design - is famous for his controversial, pop artworks and the ability to spark conversations on the nature of creativity and humanity. Every seven years, he takes a twelve-month break from work and turns to traveling and meditation in search of the bodily and spiritual strength. For several years now, he has been working with Jessica Walsh for pop stars (The Rolling Stones or Jay-Z) as well as museums and cultural institutions. In the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Sagmeister & Walsh have created an interactive exhibition about beauty that takes the audience on an exploration of the history of design in the form of architecture, graphic art, and industrial design to show that the form does not always follow the function - as Modernists would have seen it - but, in fact, it is the function. After all, beauty can be both aesthetic and efficient.
Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh
24.10.2018 - 31.03.2019
The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art