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Tim Burton: The Exhibition

One of the many perks of working for a magazine like Kluster is the freebies that comes with every review I write. So when I flew to Melbourne over the weekend last September, I was given 2 complimentary tickets to Tim Burton: The Exhibition. I was pretty stoked! With my "media pass" (hypothetically), I avoided the 45 minutes queue and jumped straight to the front of the ticket booth. Oh yeah... that feeling was pretty exciting. Anyhow, here's my review:

Over 15 weeks, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image hosted a major retrospective of Tim Burton’s career. It marks the celebration of Burton's eccentric style and his love for dark absurdity that spawned the likes of Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas. And thanks to the good graces of ACMI, we recently had the opportunity to glimpse into the whimsical world of the famed Hollywood director.

For the past 14 weeks, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image hosted a retrospective of one of Hollywood’s most influential cinematic visionary, Tim Burton. He who has spawned critically acclaimed films such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton comes to us as no stranger. Needless to say, when we received an exclusive invite to Tim Burton: The Exhibition in Melbourne, we were there faster than you can say “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice”.

Direct from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Tim Burton: The Exhibition charts and explores the many phases of Burton’s career as a director, concept artist, illustrator and photographer. This unique exhibition spans his life’s work, from Burton’s formative years as an introverted loner in Burbank, California to the multi-award winning luminary he is today. It is made up of over 700 rarely seen-before artworks from Burton’s own private and professional collection including drawings, paintings, photographs, puppets, costumes, films and storyboards.

Highlights include the Burtonarium, a gothic carnival style tent that exemplifies the director’s dark and imaginative twisted world. Die-hard Burton fans will fall weak in the knees as they journey through an eerie illusionary terrain of warped floors, bright fluorescent painted creatures, and a suspended glow-in-the-dark miniature carousel. There’s more: viewers are also treated to a once-in-a-lifetime display of props and costumes derived from the studio’s archives. To name a few, it exhibits the iconic hedge sculpture from Edward Scissorhands, a box of antique razors from Sweeney Todd, life-sized costumes from Alice in Wonderland, and who would have thought – a decapitated head of Sarah Jessica Parker from Mars Attacks!.

That was definitely an experience I'll remember for the rest of my journalistic career. ;)

Photos courtesy of the good folks from ACMI.

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