Tim Burton exhibition coming to LACMA in May 2011


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From Beetlejuice to Batman, from Ed Wood to Willy Wonka, the characters that Tim Burton has brought to movie screens are notable for their dark idiosyncrasies and macabre weirdness.

Burton’s goth universe -- at once disturbing and oddly inviting -- will land at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in a major retrospective exhibition featuring artwork tied to his movies as well as original drawings, sculptures and other works created throughout his career.


The show is scheduled to run from May 29 to Oct. 31, 2011.

The exhibition originally opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in November, where it became one of the most-attended exhibitions in the museum’s history. Curators for the MoMA show were Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He and Rajendra Roy.

Before coming to LACMA, the show is also set to run at the Australian Center for the Moving Image and Toronto’s Bell Light Box.

The show will feature more than 700 individual pieces of art from Burton’s own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton’s collaborators.

Once a student at CalArts, Burton worked for Disney as an animator before becoming a director. His first major feature film was ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ in 1985. His other notable films include ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Batman,’ ‘Ed Wood,’ ‘Mars Attacks!,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland.’

MoMA’s version of the exhibition featured screenings of Burton’s movies. LACMA said it could not confirm at this time whether it will host screenings as part of the show.

The MoMA exhibition drew 810,500 visitors during its five-month run, making it the third most-attended exhibition in the museum’s history.


The top two exhibitions are ‘Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective’ in 1980 with 976,800 visitors, and ‘Henri Matisse: A Retrospective’ in 1992 with 940,000 visitors.

The New York version of the exhibition featured a large-scale topiary installation from Burton’s 1990 movie ‘Edward Scissorhands.’

The entrance to the exhibition space (pictured, top) took the form of a large monster’s mouth that was based on a drawing by Burton.

-- David Ng

Photos (top): views from MoMA’s Tim Burton exhibition. Credit: Michael Loccisano and Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Photo (bottom): Tim Burton. Credit: Scott Barbour / Getty Images



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