/ Juman Malouf

Friday, April 15, 2022
10:12 pm CET
By Ronny Waburek

Juman Malouf

From Beirut to London to the US

Friday, April 15, 2022, 10:12 pm CET
By Ronny Waburek

Juman Malouf

Juman Malouf

Do you know who Juman Malouf is? If not, then you're in for a treat. She's an artist who has a unique perspective on the world. In this little article, we'll take a short look at her and what makes her so special.

Juman Malouf is an artist who was born in Beirut, Lebanon. After growing up in London, she graduated from Brown University with a BA in Fine Arts and Art History. She later received an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts for Set and Costume Design. She has worked on theatre, film, and fashion projects in the US and Europe.

She explored the concept of a world in which children's artistic abilities are stolen for them to work in factories, for example, in her book "The Trilogy of Two." The Trilogy of Two is her first novel.

At the end of 2018, a show at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), which she assembled with her husband, U.S. film director Wes Anderson ("Grand Budapest Hotel," "Isle of Dogs"), showed how Malouf understands art. The exhibition combined the most unusual objects: Emu eggs, a case for transverse flutes, the portraits of hairy people, and a naked boy as the finest carving.

At the invitation of the KHM, the two artists were given free rein as curators to create a very personal show. The Texan and Malouf selected some 420 objects. "They weren't drawn to the masterpieces at all," KHM curator Jasper Sharp said. They did a lot of rummaging in the repositories, he said. So the exhibition "The Mummy Shrews in a Coffin and Other Treasures" has become a special concoction from the hands of an artistically idiosyncratic couple. Where else would the empty 2500-year-old coffin of a shrew from ancient Egypt take center stage?

Right at the beginning of the show, the portraits of father, son, and daughter, who were among the admired curiosities at princely courts in the 16th century because of their full-body hair, fascinated and startled. The Texan, known for his quirky, original, and visually powerful films, has also chosen, almost as expected, the portrait of a giant and a dwarf. What fascinated him about the four almost fresh emu eggs - purchased from the Natural History Museum in March 2018 - is not immediately apparent.

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