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Wes Anderson presents box of ‘treasures’ from Viennese vaults

US film director Wes Anderson arrives with his partner, artist Juman Malouf, for the opening of their joint exhibition. Photo: AFP

The “treasure chamber” at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum takes on a new meaning this week thanks to an exhibition curated by American filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner, illustrator and author Juman Malouf.

The pair were given free rein to assemble pieces from the vast collections and archives of the museum, as well as some of its partner institutions, in order to put together the six-month show, entitled “Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures”.

The opening of the exhibition on Monday evening was attended by some of Anderson's perennial collaborators such as actors Jason Schwartzman and Tilda Swinton.

Tongue firmly in cheek, 49-year-old Anderson gave a short speech describing the process of putting the exhibition together with Malouf, 43, as “the culmination of several years of patient, frustrating negotiation, b..

US film director Wes Anderson arrives with his partner, artist Juman Malouf, for the opening of their joint exhibition. Photo: AFP

The "treasure chamber" at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum takes on a new meaning this week thanks to an exhibition curated by American filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner, illustrator and author Juman Malouf.

The pair were given free rein to assemble pieces from the vast collections and archives of the museum, as well as some of its partner institutions, in order to put together the six-month show, entitled "Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures".

The opening of the exhibition on Monday evening was attended by some of Anderson's perennial collaborators such as actors Jason Schwartzman and Tilda Swinton.

Tongue firmly in cheek, 49-year-old Anderson gave a short speech describing the process of putting the exhibition together with Malouf, 43, as "the culmination of several years of patient, frustrating negotiation, bitter, angry debate, sometimes completely irrational confrontation and often Machiavellian duplicity and deception."

"Perhaps I am as guilty as she is — but I doubt it," he added.

'Eccentric count'

Even before they started working on the project in early 2015, Anderson and Malouf had been frequent visitors to the museum, which boasts one of Europe's most extensive collections of fine art.

However, anyone expecting a traditionally didactic museum experience, centred around a historical theme for example, will be disappointed.

With labels and explanations cast aside, the visitor has the impression of stumbling into an intimate and sometimes surreal space, crammed with objects which evoke the palette and symmetry that Anderson fans will recall from films
such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom.

"It feels like the collecting chamber of an eccentric count, somewhere in the Czechoslovakian countryside hundreds of years ago," Jasper Sharp, the museum's curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, told AFP.

Many of the pieces displayed are indeed fit to grace any aristocratic mantelpiece — a delicately worked ivory sculpture of a phoenix, or a medieval games board inlaid with mother of pearl.

But they have not been chosen according to traditional notions of rarity or artistic prestige.

The show's eight rooms are arranged instead in a more intuitive way and objects that may hitherto have been overlooked take centre stage — such as the tiny coffin of the show's title, made in ancient Egypt for a shrew.

'Making noise'?

Sharp says Anderson and Malouf "curated very much with children in mind, both in the selection of objects and the manner in which they displayed them.

"There are objects hiding high up, low down, every time you come into the exhibition you'll see something different."

The show is the third in a series of exhibitions curated by modern artists which form part of the museum's efforts to engage with contemporary art.

Could the museum be accused of seeking the publicity that will go with bringing in a high-profile name?

"You will always lay yourself open to the charge of making noise when you invite someone in like this," Sharp admits.

"On the other hand Wes and Juman… certainly didn't see themselves as being an instrument of fame and attention-grabbing, very much the other way around, they saw it as a huge honour to work with the museum."

"Our hope is that our objects develop these layers and skins of meaning through their reinterpretation," Sharp adds.

The exhibition will run until 28 April 2019 and will transfer to the Fondazione Prada in Milan next autumn.

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CWA brave the cold for Breast Care Foundation

The Nyngan CWA will be holding a market day in Davidson Park on Saturday, June 8 commencing at 9am. To make the day fun for all we would like to have as many stalls as possible and we are inviting anyone who has craft or retail or anything they would like to sell or display to join in the day. The cost of a stall is $10 and to book a stall please ring Di Donald on 6832 1339. The CWA will be holding a cake stall, white Elephant stall and a Devonshire tea stall. Donations for any of these stalls would be greatly appreciated. All CWA proceeds from the day are for the Breast Cancer Foundation (Breast Cancer Research). This is in support and at the request of our long standing and valued member, Lyn Walsh, who at the moment is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The CWA ladies braved a very cold Friday morning, on May 10 to hold a successful street stall with lots of cooking, plants etc for sale. The winners of the three draws of the raffle were Dawn Elder (handbag), Richard Hoare (the ..

The Nyngan CWA will be holding a market day in Davidson Park on Saturday, June 8 commencing at 9am. To make the day fun for all we would like to have as many stalls as possible and we are inviting anyone who has craft or retail or anything they would like to sell or display to join in the day. The cost of a stall is $10 and to book a stall please ring Di Donald on 6832 1339. The CWA will be holding a cake stall, white Elephant stall and a Devonshire tea stall. Donations for any of these stalls would be greatly appreciated. All CWA proceeds from the day are for the Breast Cancer Foundation (Breast Cancer Research). This is in support and at the request of our long standing and valued member, Lyn Walsh, who at the moment is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The CWA ladies braved a very cold Friday morning, on May 10 to hold a successful street stall with lots of cooking, plants etc for sale. The winners of the three draws of the raffle were Dawn Elder (handbag), Richard Hoare (the Cookbook), and Elwyn Troth load of wood. Congratulations to the winners. Nyngan CWA appreciates very much the generosity and support they receive from the people of Nyngan. Thank you READ ALSO:

CWA brave the cold for Breast Care Foundation

  • Kay Linke purchasing some goods from Di Hughes.

  • Mary Lamph selling tickets.

    Mary Lamph selling tickets.

  • Di Hughes rugged up against the cold.

    Di Hughes rugged up against the cold.

  • CWA President Betty Jackson.

    CWA President Betty Jackson.

The Nyngan CWA will be holding a market day in Davidson Park on Saturday, June 8 commencing at 9am.

To make the day fun for all we would like to have as many stalls as possible and we are inviting anyone who has craft or retail or anything they would like to sell or display to join in the day.
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Election day is here, follow the action in the Parkes electorate

ELECTION day has arrived and we are here to give you the sizzle and the sausage from right across the Parkes electorate. We'll have journalists and photographers hitting the streets and polling booths across the region to talk voters, volunteers and of course those making the all-important #democracysausage. Still unsure who to vote for? Check out all the information on the candidates here. All the political action across the electorate will be covered here, from the moment the polling booths open at 8am, until they close at 6pm sharp. Our journalists will then by monitoring the number crunchers to bring you the results as they happen. This live blog will be constantly updating throughout the day. Refresh your browser and the new news will present at the top. You can follow the tally as the votes are counted.

ELECTION day has arrived and we are here to give you the sizzle and the sausage from right across the Parkes electorate.

We'll have journalists and photographers hitti..

ELECTION day has arrived and we are here to give you the sizzle and the sausage from right across the Parkes electorate. We'll have journalists and photographers hitting the streets and polling booths across the region to talk voters, volunteers and of course those making the all-important #democracysausage. Still unsure who to vote for? Check out all the information on the candidates here. All the political action across the electorate will be covered here, from the moment the polling booths open at 8am, until they close at 6pm sharp. Our journalists will then by monitoring the number crunchers to bring you the results as they happen. This live blog will be constantly updating throughout the day. Refresh your browser and the new news will present at the top. You can follow the tally as the votes are counted.

ELECTION day has arrived and we are here to give you the sizzle and the sausage from right across the Parkes electorate.

We'll have journalists and photographers hitting the streets and polling booths across the region to talk voters, volunteers and of course those making the all-important #democracysausage.

Still unsure who to vote for? Check out all the information on the candidates here.

All the political action across the electorate will be covered here, from the moment the polling booths open at 8am, until they close at 6pm sharp.

Our journalists will then by monitoring the number crunchers to bring you the results as they happen.

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Chef Tony talks truffles for festival

It is that time of year again when the region's foodies get excited about the impending truffle season and for Cape Lodge chef Tony Howell truffle season is a gift worth celebrating. Chef Howell will be centre stage at this year's Truffle Kerfuffle where he will run the free stage and speak with celebrity chefs including Pete Evans, Poh and Dunsborough's Aaron Carr. The chefs will perform truffle cooking demonstrations and Howell will host questions and answer sessions with Manjimup growers. “People can ask questions about truffles, the season, growing conditions and how to get them started, because everyone wants to grow truffles,” he said. Howell was looking forward to returning to Manjimup for the festival, saying the area had so much going for it and there were more truffles than you could ever imagine. “For the punter, if you want to try truffles this is the time to go. Book in one of the lunches or dinners because the chefs are given truffles to use by the producer..

It is that time of year again when the region's foodies get excited about the impending truffle season and for Cape Lodge chef Tony Howell truffle season is a gift worth celebrating. Chef Howell will be centre stage at this year's Truffle Kerfuffle where he will run the free stage and speak with celebrity chefs including Pete Evans, Poh and Dunsborough's Aaron Carr. The chefs will perform truffle cooking demonstrations and Howell will host questions and answer sessions with Manjimup growers. "People can ask questions about truffles, the season, growing conditions and how to get them started, because everyone wants to grow truffles," he said. Howell was looking forward to returning to Manjimup for the festival, saying the area had so much going for it and there were more truffles than you could ever imagine. "For the punter, if you want to try truffles this is the time to go. Book in one of the lunches or dinners because the chefs are given truffles to use by the producers, they can't help themselves and go nuts with it," he said. "In the kitchen, because of the price of truffles, you have to be careful how much you use. When you go to one of these events the chefs will be chatting to each other and they just keep shaving and shaving and shaving, there is no way you would use that much in a restaurant. "As far as the punter goes they are very spoilt, and as far as chefs go, it is like letting a kid free in a candy shop, give them a set of keys and tell them to go nuts we will be back in a couple of hours." Howell said at Cape Lodge the chefs were already talking about truffles and creating new and different recipes to put on the menu during the truffle season. "It is exciting, if truffles were here all year round they would not be that special, it is the mystique and the surprise, are we going to get enough, will the season be longer or shorter?" he said. "For me truffles are a truly seasonal product." Howell recommended going on a truffle hunt at the festival to see the dogs in action and how they react when they find a truffle. "The dogs are so cool they do demonstrations it is really good to watch, I have been on a couple and they are unreal," he said. "It is that element of surprise, if you did not have a dog you would spend hours searching, a dog can find them in five minutes." Truffle Kerfuffle is an all weekend celebration of fresh black truffles, the event will be held from June 21 to 23 2019 in Manjimup. To find out more or to purchase tickets visit trufflekerfuffle.com.au

It is that time of year again when the region's foodies get excited about the impending truffle season and for Cape Lodge chef Tony Howell truffle season is a gift worth celebrating.

Chef Howell will be centre stage at this year's Truffle Kerfuffle where he will run the free stage and speak with celebrity chefs including Pete Evans, Poh and Dunsborough's Aaron Carr.

The chefs will perform truffle cooking demonstrations and Howell will host questions and answer sessions with Manjimup growers.

"People can ask questions about truffles, the season, growing conditions and how to get them started, because everyone wants to grow truffles," he said.

Howell was looking forward to returning to Manjimup for the festival, saying the area had so much going for it and there were more truffles than you could ever imagine.

If truffles were here all year round they would not be that special, it is the mystique and the surprise, are we going to get enough, will the season be longer or shorter?

Chef Tony Howell

"For the punter, if you want to try truffles this is the time to go. Book in one of the lunches or dinners because the chefs are given truffles to use by the producers, they can't help themselves and go nuts with it,Read More – Source

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