Tim Burton Exhibition (Paris)

I was in Paris for the weekend (hey, I did warn you I travel a lot!) and I took this as an opportunity to have a look at the Tim Burton Exhibition held at the Cinémathèque Française. This exhibition was in New York City (USA) in 2010 and now it is in Paris (France) until August 2012. If you don’t mind crowds and if you like Tim Burton’s movies and artworks, this is the exhibition to see.

Here is what the MoMA had to say about the exhibition two years ago:

“Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics. This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Beetlejuice, and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.”

I was especially thrilled to get to see Edward Scissorhands’ costume, Sweeney Todd’s razor blades and animatronics from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


So, if you happen to be in Paris before the end of August this year and if you are interested in Tim Burton’s work, I would recommend to check out this exhibition!

2 thoughts on “Tim Burton Exhibition (Paris)

  1. chandlerswainreviews says:

    I saw this several times when it was at MOMA and it is definitely worth a look by anyone interested in film and the creative process, whether or not you are a Burton. (It also afforded an opportunity to see several films that influenced Burton such as “Creature From the Black Lagoon” and “The Brain From Planet Arous” in a more prestigious setting than the old Saturday matinee movie on UHF- remember those?- although in the case of “Arous” no new luster was added) The thing that struck me most about the exhibit was a notation somewhere within it suggesting- and rightly so- that although Burton has a unique visual style, his has not evolved nor matured since his younger years- borne out, I believe, by the depressing new footage from “Dark Shadows”- a creative inertia I believe has reached a critical stage in his career.

  2. Rosalina Camerano says:

    Tim Burton was raised in Burbank, California. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price). When he was in the ninth grade, his artistic talent was recognized by a local garbage company when he won a prize for an anti-litter poster he designed. ‘

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