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The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is undoubtedly one of the most important museums in the world. The Kunstkammer is an important part of this museum. For structural and technical reasons, however, the collection had to be temporarily closed in 2002. After a thorough renovation and costly conversion, the 20 themed rooms of the new Kunstkammer were finally reopened in March 2013. For a long time, the preparations for this event played an important role in all areas of everyday museum life. Filmmaker Johannes Holzhausen was given the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the Kunsthistorisches Museum for more than two years and, in particular, to record the work in the Kunstkammer with his camera until it reopened. The result is the documentary "Das grosse Museum", which has become an extremely exciting and entertaining affair, not only for art lovers, with a few small lengths and minimal criticisms.
Holzhausen only lets his camera be observed. There is no explanatory off-commentary, no interviews and no background music. His film is a very direct, unadulterated observation of everyday life, which also pays tribute to the work of people who are not normally seen as museum visitors. The camera is there when the museum management discusses the design of advertising posters, when high-ranking visitors from other museums are led through the sacred halls, when restorers work in secret or craftsmen bring the Kunstkammer up to speed. The viewer is present at meetings, drives through long corridors of the archive or looks over the shoulder of a collection director who is about to retire during his last days in the museum.
The whole thing is always presented by Holzhausen with a slightly ironic wink, which is why the completely unagitated documentation is never too dry, but always very entertaining. The fact that he never interferes in the events by asking questions or commenting on what is shown for the viewer, on the one hand makes the documentary so appealing, but on the other hand also creates a certain distance to the viewer. It is only in the credits that he learns the names and functions of the people in whose everyday work he has participated in the past 100 minutes. Here it would have been nice if the protagonists had been introduced right at the beginning and not at the end of the movie with the help of short fades in. Because it's not always really clear which area of the museum you're currently working in.
Although this lacks a certain level of information that would certainly have been very interesting for many viewers, "The Great Museum" allows a visitor to participate in the daily interaction of art and bureaucracy, passion and routine. This is extremely interesting, sometimes surprising and often pleasantly amusing. A beautiful film with small pendants, which in its best moments is itself a small work of art. If you've always wanted to know how many people are responsible for exhibitions from conception to opening, if you simply want to experience the everyday work behind the artworks, you shouldn't miss this entertaining documentation. Worth seeing
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