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Tim Burton to be Honored in New York

Posted by LiveFor on October 19, 2009

This is a fantastic article written by Pamela Fruendt.

burton4The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is gearing up for a major exhibition celebrating the artistry of filmmaker Tim Burton. Scheduled from November 22, 2009 through April 26, 2010, it is the largest show ever presented by the museum. Tracing Burton’s imagination from his childhood drawings through his mature film work, TIM BURTON encompasses over 700 rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, costumes and cinematic ephemera.

Organized in collaboration with Burton, the exhibition presents art and objects drawn from his personal archive, the private collections of his collaborators and studio archives. Ron Magliozzi, MoMA Assistant Curator, traveled to London multiple times and viewed more than 10,000 pieces of Burton’s artwork while preparing the show. “There is no other living filmmaker possessing Tim Burton’s level of accomplishments and reputation whose full body of work has been so well hidden from public view,” he said. “Seeing so much that was previously inaccessible in a museum context should serve to fuel renewed appreciation and fresh appraisal of this much-admired artist.”

burton5Included are the first public displays of Burton’s student and earliest nonprofessional films; his tv adaptation of Hansel and Gretel (1983); examples of his work for the flash animation internet series “The World of Stainboy” (2000); oversized Polaroid prints; graphic art and texts for non-film projects, like “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories (1997) and “Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys” (2003) collectible figure series. Selected international and domestic posters from his films also will be on display.

Burton’s 14 feature films will be screened during the exhibition with Tim introducing “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985) on November 18, 2009. Contact MoMA for ticket information. And no, two fan favorites haven’t been overlooked. “Frankenweenie” (1984) is paired with “Ed Wood” while “Vincent” (1982) is with “Edward Scissorhands”.

MoMA has left nothing undone in this major retrospective including Burton-themed Free Teen Nights, after hours Private Group Tours and a companion program “The Lurid Beauty of Monsters” which includes a series of films that so intrigued and inspired Burton that he organized a 1977 screening of horror films in Burbank, CA. Check with MoMA for the schedule. Can’t attend the exhibit? Don’t worry. “Tim Burton” a 64-page color 8″x10″ book on the show is available at and More Tim Burton items will be available both online and at the museum during the exhibition.

Lest I forget, if you’ve heard the rumor that Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp will be at the MoMA benefit honoring Tim…relax. Paul Jackson of MoMA’s Press Office told me “both are scheduled to attend.”
Sounds like a very cool event. Thanks to Pam for letting us all know about it. Oh and you have a read and watch of what happened when I met Johnny Depp at the Public Enemies press conference.

Tim Burton artwork courtesy of MoMA

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