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LACMA reveals more details about Tim Burton exhibition

January 13, 2011 |  3:53 pm


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

Photo: Tim Burton in Toronto. Credit: Jag Gundu / Getty Images

Comments () | Archives (9)

Can't wait!

God he is overrated.

Tim is a genius. I'd love to see this.

"The Resnick Pavilion, designed by architect Renzo Piano, opened to much hoopla in September." Really? I thought it was reviewed as one of the worst Renzo Piano building ever.

I would rather see artists at an art museum. This is the culture we live in. Anything to generate hype. I hope LACMA's next show focuses on the art of the Louis Vuitton bag.

The MoMA space was way too small. Great show but my family couldn't wait to leave du to congestion.

Tim Burton already has a huge venue in which people can see his art - they're called MOVIES. Why is it that having the title "artist" conferred upon you somehow makes you better? James Franco, Burton, the Rodarte sisters? Why not let artists make art and let the movie directors, stars and fashion designers do their jobs?
It's a drag that the museum has to do this to raise money, attendance and its profile when so many of us want to see exhibitions of art that is intended to only be art and is made by artists committed to their profession.
This isn't only the museums' fault, it is the public's fault too for slobbering like Pavlov's dog when the bell of "celebrity" is rung.

@Marina - your umbrage is understandable. Perhaps you could name some prominent 'real' artists who are not tainted themselves by the contagion of celebrity. The problem is, the lines have been blurred for a long time, and Tim Burton's work, like it or not, has influenced many creative people, even 'real' artists.

When Robert Longo makes a movie, is he no longer an artist? If David Hockney designs sets for a play, is he no longer an artist? This is very subjective territory, with no 'final' definition of what's what. Enjoy what you enjoy, and try not to be too judgmental (we pay critics to do that for us).

@Marina- There is nothing sad about seeing a true artist inspire the young people of today. yes your right he has a huge canvas called movies to share his film work. but above all tim is a writer and an artist. Its great for lesser known artists to have a place to share as well but remember, without tim and artists that inspire on a wide range, there may not be as many artists that follow unconventional work. If tim has sold out to the masses in media. his films wouldnt live under so much scrutiny. Tim makes art for himself and his fans not for the media or the mainstream

Oh man! So excited.
Why is it that so many times, when an artist gains notoriety and is no longer "underground" people begin to call them a sell out?


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