While travelling back in 2017, Wally Koval created an Instagram account called Accidentally Wes Anderson.
Intended to be a bit of fun, it was an account that collected photos from people all around the world that looked like they could’ve plucked straight from a Wes Anderson film frame. You know the vibe: pastel-infused and achingly symmetrical, just like a real-life dollhouse. And people loved it—1.5 million of them, to be specific.
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From 1970s subterranean homes in Las Vegas to hotel interiors in Eastern Europe, the submissions to @accidentallywesanderson kept pouring in, spurning a 2020 photo book of the same name and now, some of the best images are being exhibited at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. Titled This is an Adventure, the show features photographs of places that are so Wes Anderson, it’s hard to believe not even he’s heard of them.
So, what does Wes think of the whole thing? He loves it. He’s so into the idea, he even penned the foreword for the 2020 photobook, Accidentally Wes Anderson. ‘The photographs in this book were taken by people I have never met, of places and things I have, almost without exception, never seen—but I must say: I intend to,’ he wrote. ‘Wally Koval and his collaborators have put together both a very entertaining collection of images and also an especially alluring travel guide (at least in the opinion of this actual Wes Anderson).’
This is an Adventure opens at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa September 17, 2021 and will run until January 2, 2022. If you can’t get there, why not go pick up the photo book instead?