LACMA reveals more details about Tim Burton exhibition


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The new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion -- the latest addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus -- had better brace itself for an onslaught of visitors starting in late spring. The museum said Thursday that its upcoming Tim Burton exhibition will reside in the new space for its run from May 29 to Oct. 31.

LACMA said the exhibition will feature more than 700 individual works, including paintings, photographs, film and video works, storyboards, puppets, costumes and more. The works come from Burton’s own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton’s collaborators.


In addition, the macabre filmmaker has chosen works from the museum’s drawings and print collections that have inspired him. These artworks will go on display in a sidebar exhibition titled ‘Burton Selects’ that will open in April.

A museum spokeswoman said that the main Burton exhibition won’t occupy the entire Resnick Pavilion. The plan is for the show to take up the west side of the Pavilion, using the same general space as the inaugural ‘Eye for the Sensual’ exhibition that closed Jan. 2. The filmmaker apparently liked the design of the previous show and has even considered using some of that show’s decor, distressing it to make it more Burton-esque.

The Burton exhibition will extend to the back of the Pavilion, toward the glass windows. On the outdoor lawn on the north side of the Pavilion, the museum is planning to install Burton’s giant topiary sculpture of a deer from his 1990 movie ‘Edward Scissorhands.’ Another large-scale Burton installation, ‘Balloon Boy,’ will also be installed on the LACMA campus but the exact location is still being discussed.

A retrospective of Burton’s movies is expected to run at LACMA in parallel with the exhibition. A list of titles will be announced later, but the museum said it expects Burton to participate in a director’s lecture. In addition, the museum said it is planning for a celebration on the closing day of the Burton exhibition, which falls on Halloween. The parallel ‘Burton Selects’ exhibition will run April 16 to Nov. 13 in Gallery 205, the Rifkind Gallery, in the Ahmanson Building.

The Resnick Pavilion, designed by architect Renzo Piano, opened to much hoopla in September. The $54-million, single-story structure features 45,000 square feet of space.

When the Burton show debuted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2009, a number of visitors complained that the exhibition space was too small to accommodate the crowds. Still, the show became one of the highest attended exhibitions in MoMA history.


Since premiering in New York, the Burton exhibition has traveled to Melbourne, Australia, and Toronto.


Tim Burton exhibition coming to LACMA in May 2011

Tim Burton unveils his macabre artwork at MoMA

Art review: Three inaugural shows at LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion

Architecture review: The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at LACMA


-- David Ng