Working amidst some of the world’s finest artistic achievements can also be an everyday banality. An employee of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum brushes the dust off the loins of a Theseus sculpture; a colleague uses a hoisting platform to check the moth trap installed on the ceiling; meanwhile, elsewhere in the office wing, others bid farewell to a retiring long-term member of the staff. Johannes Holzhausen’s THE GREAT MUSEUM is a portrait of an institution entirely in the tradition of great documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, but with a typically Austrian eye for the small absurdities of everyday life. The film was not made to expose the Museum or its staff, but for quite a different purpose altogether: once viewers have witnessed just short of 100 entertaining minutes that show the dedication and the expertise applied here on every level to preserve the artistic heritage, the way they take in what they see as they stroll through an exhibition will certainly be different on their next museum visit.
Das Große Museum
In cooperation with Real Fiction Filmverleih
9, rue Bleue
RFF-Real Fiction Filmverleih
Selected filmography Johannes Holzhausen
WEN DIE GÖTTER LIEBEN (1992), DAS LETZTE UFER (2000), ZERO CROSSING (2000), AUF ALLEN MEEREN (2001), DER GANG DER DINGE (2005), FRAUENTAG (2008)