Sneak Preview of the Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA (74 Photos)

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

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Yesterday Kyle and I had the opportunity to see a sneak peak of the upcoming Tim Burton exhibition at the LACMA’s new Resnick Pavilion, which opens to the public on Sunday, May 29. The exhibit is a retrospective of Burton’s career, starting with his early work as a kid growing up in Burbank and how he slowly became the creative genius we know today. The exhibit is filled with a mix of everything like paintings, sculptures, videos, short films, movie props and even a huge, black light installation.

My favorite part was seeing all of the old drawings and sketches he did when he was younger. You can totally tell that he was really bored when he was growing up, and channeled this boredom into art. But so many of these little drawings were the seeds of ideas, which would eventually translate into larger ideas, some even progressing into characters in his films.

There were also a ton of movie related sketches and items such as Jonny Depp’s costume from Edward Scissorhands, 3 Batman mantles and even the eyeballs used for Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Another awesome part was The Nightmare Before Christmas section which contained about a dozen maquettes from the movie and about two dozen Jack Skellington heads. I’m a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas so I was totally nerding out in this section.

I really liked the show overall, but Kyle mentioned that the exhibit could have been way more creative overall. Maybe they could have ran it during Halloween? Or maybe they could have made the experience more interactive and less… a standard exhibit. Especially after seeing Art In The Streets so recently, it’s hard not to make a comparison. Nonetheless, if you’re as big of a fan of Tim Burton’s work as I am you’ll still love this show.

Under the cut I’ve posted 71 more photos from the show, so if you don’t live in L.A. or don’t plan on visiting in the next 3 months, you’ll get a good taste of what the show was all about. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Bobby

16 Comments Sneak Preview of the Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA (74 Photos)

  1. Whateverfriend May 26, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Oooh, I’m so jealous! Love the scarecrow, and the character Vincent always had a special place in my heart too… Nice pictures!

  2. Stephen Howells May 26, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Very nice, Bobby. Thank you for posting this. Wish I could have seen this exhibit in person.

  3. Pablo Lara H May 26, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    Incredible creativity!

  4. jo May 26, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    sh*t!!!! so damn awesome!!!

  5. Robert May 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    I can’t wait to go on Sunday!

  6. Brian May 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    i missed this when it was in boston. ugh, what a mistake! his work is sooo epic…

  7. Moha May 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Thanks so much! I wonder if this is coming to the bay area or not? I can’t find any info on where it’ll be next or if this is the only west coast stop. Hopefully I can come down and see around my bday, if not at least I got to see some the exhibit because of you, thanks alot! Looks awesome.

  8. janice May 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    How is parking? I’m temporarily living in L.A. and parking still scares the hell out of me!

  9. Jonny5 May 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Wow! Great pics! I’m so happy you posted this! I just went on Friday, but wasn’t allowed to take any pictures ..

  10. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon May 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    @Janice – Parking is really easy, there’s a lot at the back of the LACMA, $10 to park there.

  11. Lovely May 29, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Is this going to be shown in any state besides California?

  12. Tani May 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Tim Burton is a creative beast!!!!

  13. Sarah July 5, 2011 at 5:39 AM

    I really hope this comes over to England,

  14. Drita July 6, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    One of the most fascinating exhibits I ever viewed. A must see for kids from 5 to 105.

  15. Crystal July 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    i cant wait im going this week end

  16. Andy August 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Thanks so much for posting these! Just saw it this weekend, and was too chicken to take my own photos because of the ‘rules’! It’s a fantastic exhibit.

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