Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin

Shirt - Asos | Jeans - Topshop | Sneakers - Adidas Gazelle | Bag - Hvisk 

Last month, I had a short but sweet holiday to Vienna.  I've been wanting to go there for about a year, and at one point I was thinking of postponing the trip until this coming summer.  However, last fall it was announced that Wes Anderson - director of such films as Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel - would be curating a museum exhibition in Vienna.  He's one of my favourite directors, so I knew that I had to see it.  Set to close at the end of April (meaning that it's now unfortunately finished), I now had a new motivation to schedule to schedule a trip there as soon as possible.
We visited the Kunsthistorisches Museum on our second day in Vienna; initially our plan was to get there first thing so we could eat breakfast in their idyllic cafe.  Instead we were a bit side tracked by the Naschmarkt located right next to our hostel and bought far more exotic nuts than we intended.  We eventually found our way to the museum, and were even able to have an afternoon break in their cafe feasting on apple strudel and hot chocolate.
Right before entering the Wes Anderson exhibition, I had a moment of doubt; what if this wasn't everything I wanted it to be?  In a way, I based the entire holiday around this one thing.  But luckily, I wasn't disappointed.  It was a bit smaller than I expected, but it was filled to the brim with the quirkiness that I would expect from Wes Anderson.  The idea of this exhibition was to have Wes Anderson - someone who's not from a traditional museum curation background - and see how they would curate their own exhibition with pieces already in the museum's collection.  I loved the way he chose to organize objects by size and symmetry.  There were also a few stand out/oddball pieces that I felt I wouldn't normally see in a traditional museum setting, like the portraits of the family who looked like werewolves, the mouse coffin, or even a room dedicated to creepy portraits of children.
I wish I could say that this exhibition is still going on, as I can't recommend it enough, but unfortunately it came to a close at the end of April.  How is that already almost a month ago now?!  Just shows how much I've been lacking on here!  Though this is now closed, just remember that there's no shortage of museums in Vienna, and you will always find things to do!  I wish I could go back!!

Elizabeth xx


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