“Wes Anderson – Asteroid City: Exhibition” is the exhibition presented by Fondazione Prada in collaboration with Universal Pictures International Italy on the occasion of the Italian theatrical release of Wes Anderson’s latest film.
Following its first London version, the project is hosted in Fondazione Prada’s Nord gallery, including a selection of original sets, props, miniatures, costumes and artwork featured in this movie. The immersive installations transports audiences into the creative universe of Anderson’s eleventh feature film, which takes place in 1955 in a fictional American desert town. It narrates a convention of young astronomers and space cadets, bringing together students and parents from across the country and spectacularly disrupted by mysterious events that will change the world. Two years after The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson returns to the big screen with a film that mixes science fiction with the spirit of Broadway and in which we find the stylistic features that have established the American auteur’s international reputation.
Wes Anderson and Fondazione Prada have built a strong relationship over the years. In 2015, for the Milan venue, he designed the Bar Luce that recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café by freely referring to two masterpieces of Italian Neorealism: Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano, 1951) by Vittorio De Sica and Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli, 1960) by Luchino Visconti. The architectural and decorative elements of Bar Luce are reminiscent of Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s echoing artistic decisions Anderson made for his short film Castello Cavalcanti produced by Prada in 2013. In 2017 Anderson, with Juman Malouf, curated “Il sarcofago di Spitzmaus e altri tesori” (Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures), an exhibition project organized by Fondazione Prada in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.