<Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures>, this hard-to-remember eccentric name just perfectly reflects the introvert and timid personality of Wes Anderson who exposes us in Milan his other side more than just a film director that we all remember for his prize-winning <Grand Budapest Hotel>.
Wes Anderson, together with his equally talented writer and designer wife Juman Malouf, bring to Milan an one-of-a-kind exhibition with a very personal touch of their 537 hand-picked selections of Habsburg family from Kunsthistorisches and Naturhistorisches twin museums in Vienna, just like sharing to the public the couple’s secret treasure box.
The arts pieces are fragmented and reshaped, then re-narrated in a completely different logic. With the new way of storytelling beyond your imagination of what you would normally expect from an exhibition, here you would see scrolling before your eyes kind of film settings in different secret rooms with various scenes. Following the exhibition path, unconsciously you would be led from an inner gradually to an outside world.
<Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures> explores the reasons behind the decision to create a collection and the ways in which it is housed, presented and experienced. Looking back to the past and drawing inspiration of the model of the Wunderkammer, the exhibition challenges traditional museum canons, proposing new relations between the institutions and their collections, and between their professional figures and their public. The choice of exhibited works, based on a non-academic, interdisciplinary approach, not only illustrates Anderson and Malouf’s deep knowledge of the two museums, but also reveals unexpected parallels and resonances between the works in the project and the creative universes of the two artists. The exhibition narrative is formed by groups of works: from green objects to portraits of children, from miniatures to timepieces, from boxes to wooden objects, from portraits of noblemen and common people to natural subjects like the garden as well as meteorites and animals presented as scientific exhibits or artistic depictions.
Why choose Prada Foundation for this exhibition in Milan after the Vienna debut? Don’t forget the American film director also designs Bar Luce here in the entrance building of Prada Foundation, recreating the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè dating back the 1950s and 60s carefully furnished in every detail from the veneered wooden panelling that lines the walls, to the colourfully upholstered Formica furniture. Anderson realizes his dreams as “a space for real life with numerous good spots for eating, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fiction afternoons in.”
Now enough reasons to convince you paying a visit to Prada Foundation? The exhibition will last until 13 January 2020. Enjoy!