Scheduled to open this Sunday, November 22nd, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is the Tim Burton Exhibition, a retrospective on the movie director’s extensive portfolio. With works from Tim Burton that pre-date his film days to his 27-year career in Hollywood, this is the most comprehensive collection up-to-date. On display are the familiar works, such as costumes and set illustrations for blockbusters such as Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!, and more, along with installations never seen in public, including Burton’s personal notebooks and early experimental films he created during his days as a student.
As MoMA Assistant Curator, Ron Magliozzi, stated during the press preview. The inspiration for the exhibit came towards the end of the hugely popular retrospective on animation studio PIXAR. In searching along a similar theme, Magliozzi came to realization of a Tim Burton retrospective when viewing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a Queens cineplex. Once it was decided, a team of curators, including Magliozzi, Jenny He, Curatorial Assistant, and Rajendra Roy, Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, went on global “treasure hunt” of all things Tim Burton. Starting with a visit to the archives of all Hollywood studios that ever worked with Burton. Then to London for Burton’s own private archives. And finally, the team inquired contribution from private collectors. In total, over 700 works are spread across 4 floors of MoMA. The exhibition starts on the Lower Level of the museum, where screenings of 14 films by Burton will take place. It is then followed by a Polaroid project created by Burton himself, along with a showcase of film posters on the 2 level galleries. On the 1st Floor, sketches, drawings, stop-motion animation, as well as a deer-shaped topiary (garden art), inspired by the film Edward Scissorhands, are on display. Overlook the entire floor, literally, is Balloon Boy, a 21-foot tall, 8-foot in diameter installation created for the event. Finally, the exhibition ends off at the 3rd Floor, an extravagant exhibit reflecting Burton’s talents and life, in a triptych-like layout of Surviving Burbank, Beautifying Burbank, and finally Beyond Burbank.
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Exhibition Date: November 22nd (Sunday) – April 26th, 2010