Tim Burton

Major Career Retrospective

This major career retrospective on Tim Burton (American, b. 1958), consisting of a gallery exhibition and a film series, considers Burton’s career as a director, producer, writer, and concept artist for live-action and animated films, along with his work as a fiction writer, photographer and illustrator.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in United States.
From Sunday 22 November 2009 to Monday 26 April 2010

Untitled (Edward Scissorhands). 1990.  image Untitled (Trick or Treat). 1980  image Untitled (Romeo and Juliet). 1981–1984.  image Untitled (Blue Girl with Skull). 1992–1999.  image Blue Girl with Wine. c. 1997.  image Untitled (Frankenweenie). 1982.  image Untitled (Mars Attacks!). 1995  image Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). 1982–1984.  image

Published by MOMA on Sunday 12 July 2009.
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Following the current of his visual imagination from his earliest childhood drawing through his mature work, the exhibition presents artwork generated during the conception and production of his films, and highlights a number of unrealized projects and never-before-seen pieces, as well as student art, his earliest non-professional films, and examples of his work as a storyteller and graphic artist for non-film projects.

The opposing themes of adolescence and adulthood, and the elements of sentiment, cynicism and humor inform his work in a variety of mediums—drawings, paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-image formats, puppets and maquettes, props, costumes, ephemera, sketchbooks, and cartoons. Taking inspiration from sources in pop culture, Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as a spiritual experience, influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.

Burton’s films include Vincent (1982), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (as creator and producer) (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Sweeney Todd (2007); writing and Web projects include The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997) and Stainboy (2000).

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator, and Jenny He, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, with Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film.

Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor, and The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 1 & 2 Galleries