Probably, the famous Texan film-maker Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom movies director - already knew he could come back to Fondazione Prada after designing beautiful Bar Luce. Because the foundation is undoubtedly ahead of its time, being house for contemporary, famous and interesting artists.
The Sarcophagus of Spitzmaus is not only the exhibition title, but also a little box containing a shrew dated back to the IV century b.C. The curious couple of unconventional artists Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf (current designer and illustrator from Libanon) found this odd object in the dungeon of two Viennese museums: Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum. A lot of strange things have been found, many of them never exhibited before - items or portraits dated back to different ages in order to retrace a timeline lasting 5 thousand years. From ancient Egypt evidences to Ibsen Hedda Gabler dress dated back to 1978, the exhibition is one of the biggest and materialistic research of this last century which gives life to a sort of wunderkammer of tiny objects, little boxes, numismatic treasures, extremely rare furnitures and many other things. Things all hails from different areas of the world and they are shown with obsessive and eccentric cure that covertly reminds of those popular beliefs that objects have a soul.
The exhibition launches an artistic consideration on what “to collect, to present, to live objects” means. What is an artwork? To what extent should things be kept? Does everything have a story? About that and much more we will see at Fondazione Prada during the upcoming months. All cinephiles will discover the “X” on Goonies' treasure map.