Guess who’s creeping into the Design Museum soon…
The World of Tim Burton, that’s who. And by ‘soon’ we mean October 2024. Because this grand exhibition is currently making its way across the world, on a whistle stop tour making its way through everywhere from Malaysia to Belgium, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong, and a dozen other countries. And the UK will the the final stop in a tour that will have lasted for about a decade.
The show itself will celebrate the maestro of the macabre himself, and drawing from his own personal archive. Thus you’ll get to see creative output from childhood to the present day that encompasses drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, moving-image works, sculptural installations, and more, to explore how the man turns nightmares into Oscar nominations. It’ll also take the time to draw out far more than just the movies, and see how his gothically quirky style has made it was way into how work as an illustrator, painter, photographer and author.
You’ll get to see the evolution of his style, with influences from the likes of illustrators like Edward Gorey, Charles Addams, Don Martin and Theodore Geisel (aka Dr Seuss), as well as cinema like Japanese monster movies, Expressionist Cinema, Universal Studios’ horror catalog and macabre maestros like Vincent Price.
The current & past shows look quite well put together, and the reviews have been great – right now it’s on in Italy, and the show has nine distinct areas, spanning 500 exhibits. And it’s all curated in collaboration with Tim Burton himself.
And frankly, he looks like a Tim Burton character too.
NOTE: The World Of Tim Burton is coming to the Design Museum in October 2024. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right here.
The Design Museum | 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG
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