The Great Museum

This enthralling, multi-layered portrait of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna takes us on a privileged tour behind the scenes of one of the world's most illustrious collections of art and artefact. Sensitively and wittily directed by Johannes Holzhausen, who has an art history background, it was shot over a year while sections of the vast classical building were closed for renovation. The film observes all areas of activity  from painting restoration workshops to staff meetings and departmental conferences, where branding and budgets are discussed. It delves into cavernous storerooms and nooks packed with innumerable treasures, and watches curators devising new layouts for the display of priceless works of art. Holzhausen eschews any commentary apart from that offered by the wide range of characters we encounter or overhear  impassioned curators, collection directors, art experts, conservers, cleaning staff, labourers. The camera glides through the museum's splendid halls and lingers in tight close on exquisite objects or minute details, immersing us in the sights and sounds, be they profound or mundane, of a great cultural institution.  Sandra Reid

Year: 2014
Genre: Documentaries, Art On Film, Film Festivals 2014
Country: Austria
Director: Johannes Holzhausen
Duration: 94 Minutes
Rating: PG - Low level offensive language
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Documentary (Art on Film)


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