Tim Burton at La Cinémathèque Française
Opening next Wednesday is a new exhibition and cinema cycle at the Cinémathèque Française dedicated to the oeuvre of Tim Burton, and originally developed for New York’s MoMA back in 2009. Taking inspiration from popular culture, Burton 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 700 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 catalogue (Burton will be signing the publication this Sun 4 Mar, 2-4.30pm).
Wed 7 Mar-5 Aug.
Cinémathèque Française, 51 rue de Bercy, 12th. M° Bercy. www.cinemathequefrancaise.com