2015Programme

20 May |The Grand Museum (Das Grosse Museum)

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2014, Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, 95 mins, German with English subtitles.

Film: The Grand Museum (Das Grosse Museum)

A look behind the scenes of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. It’s a pleasure to follow the camera on its extended forays through the magnificent halls and well-stocked storage rooms, listening in on the exhibition curators and lingering with interest by the restorers. All those working in the midst of these artistic treasures and portraits are almost on first-name terms with them and their Habsburg benefactors; for some, this stately heritage feels like a ball and chain.

Fulfilling a museum’s lofty duties in the modern day – collection, preservation, research, exhibition and communication – requires good management. As some examine paintings almost tenderly for insect damage, countless meetings revolve around budget planning, marketing campaigns and visits from politicians. The film observes this balancing act between maintaining a time-honoured institution of memory and offering modern cultural services without casting judgement. Only the now retired director of the Collection of Arms and Armour can permit himself to remark that all that smooth marketing talk could equally be applied to toothpaste. And then he feeds brie and walnuts to the pigeons on his office window sill.

Print courtesy of Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin.

Image source: Navigator Film, Copyright Navigator Film, photo: Joerg Burger, Attila Boa “The Great Museum” (2014).

Trailer HERE

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Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Brand (Art Gallery of NSW)

Dr Michael Brand: Michael is director of the Art Gallery of NSW. Before taking up his position in Sydney, Michael held numerous international posts including consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums and the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

The Art Gallery of NSW is currently in the final stages of a design competition to select architects for an extension to their much loved gallery building in The Domain. The winning architects will be announced by May.

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