Enter the delightfully creepy world of director Tim Burton by visiting his exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
This special retrospective covers Burton’s entire career, from his art school days to his popular Hollywood films.
Featured work includes Burton’s sketches of celebrities (Joey Ramone being the most recognizable), depictions of scary clowns (a recurring theme), short videos and colorful paintings created in his signature style.
Memorabilia from Burton’s movies appears throughout the exhibit, and is instantly recognizable to fans. Highlights include:
* An early prototype of Edward Scissorhands that has cookie cutters for feet. This sculpture is shown in the film Edward Scissorhands, during a montage of Edward’s creation
* The Penguin’s bondage-inspired baby carriage and the Catwoman’s sexy disguise from Batman Returns. The Catwoman outfit is much smaller and less polished than you might expect from watching the film
* The title character’s fuzzy angora sweater from Ed Wood
* The head of a sand snake from Beetlejuice , which sits high on a wall above Burton’s sketches– almost an afterthought to the exhibit– and is easy to miss at first glance
* Figurines from the stop motion feature, The Nightmare Before Christmas
* A realistic Johnny Depp mannequin modeling the Edward Scissorhands costume
Burton’s drawings of his famous movie characters, created while he was conceptualizing the films, reveal how closely the final props, costumes and makeup align with his vision.
Sketches of the “Large Marge” sequence from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure serve as a reminder that Burton directed this classic film, which tends to be eclipsed by his more recent (and Johnny Depp-starring) features.
Rating: 5 Stars
This exhibit is well worth the cost of admission for die-hard Tim Burton fans. It’s also appealing to Johnny Depp aficionados and children, who can watch Pee Wee Herman clips and marvel at the miniature figurines and dolls.
The fine print:
The Tim Burton exhibit runs through April 26 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan. The museum is located at 11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Entrance costs $20 for adults but is free for MoMA members. Due to the popularity of the Tim Burton exhibit, tickets for weekends and holidays are timed.
Visit MoMA’s website to purchase tickets in advance and to select a time to enter this special exhibit.
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