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also known as Das grosse Museum

The Great Museum2014

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  • 4.1
Featuring unprecedented access to an influential and multi-faceted institution, this documentary reveals the inner-workings of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the most important art institutions in the world. Widely known as the art palace that houses paintings by Rembrandt, Diego Velasquez, Pieter Brueghel, Peter Paul Rubens and Caravaggio, among many other canonical works, the museum also features a remarkable and magnetic group of dedicated employees. As the camera follows the spacious rooms hosting some of the world's most valuable art works, director Johannes Holzhausen reveals a dynamic, reflective and fast-moving institution that's both adapting to the marketing and funding realities of the 21st-century while remaining faithful to its core mission.



Member Reviews (3)


Viewing The Great Museum was a wonderful experience and I would have given the film five stars except for its editing; some episodes seemed just a bit too long, others a little cut short; sometimes the choice of what to leave in of an episode was difficult to understand. I couldn't help comparing the editing of the film with the exquisite displays of artifacts and larger works of art. The dedication of the museum staff comes through, the appreciation of patrons and the Art Spirit of Vienna - awesome!

Among several other museums, I had the privilege to work several years in the exhibits department at the San Diego Museum of Art. Being of this background, I found this documentary quite exciting. These are the standards we tried to live up to within our capacity, my appreciation is immense.