curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
In 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna initiated a new series of exhibitions for which remarkable, creative individuals are invited to present their own personal selections of objects drawn from the museum’s historical collections. The museum’s collections number more than four million objects, and span a period of five thousand years. The first exhibition, titled The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, was selected and curated by the painter and draughtsman Ed Ruscha. This was followed in 2016 by the exhibition During the Night, selected and curated by the British ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal.
The Adonyeva Foundation is delighted to have supported the third instalment of the series, titled Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures, which was selected and curated by the filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner, the writer and illustrator Juman Malouf.
Particular attention was given to the museum’s storage: more than 350 of the objects have been brought from depots, with many of them on public display for the very first time.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Fondazione Prada. It is currently on view at the Fondazione Prada, Milan.
The Adonyeva Foundation is responsible for the commissioning of a new work by the celebrated artist Tino Sehgal in the context of ‘Beethoven Moves’, an exhibition marking the birth of the venerated composer 250 years ago.
This remarkable exhibition was curated by Jasper Sharp, Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, an institution well placed to host a celebration of the epochal artist, Ludwig van Beethoven (Bonn 1770–1827 Vienna). The permanent collection bears witness to five thousand years of cultural history culminating in the Age of Enlightenment at the end of the eighteenth-century.
Beethoven Moves brings together paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, sketchbooks by JMW Turner, graphic works by Francisco de Goya, Anselm Kiefer and Jorinde Voight, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Horne, a mise-en-scene by John Baldessari, a performative work by Tino Sehgal, a film by Guido van der Werve and much more, all of which are set into dialogue with the music and persona of Beethoven. The exhibition thus builds a bridge between the present and past masterpieces of fine art, and forms connections with music and silence.
The singer-dancers perform in the final room of Beethoven Moves and mark the finale of the exhibition. The singer-dancers move around the gallery, amongst regular visitors, many of whom are not initially aware of what is taking place. Visitors are invited to stay for one minute, or one hour - to sit, stand and walk around freely experiencing the work 'live'. Diese Freude now takes its place in the canon of Sehgal’s unique, unusual and now internationally respected repertoire.