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The World of Tim Burton: Curator’s Note
Drawn from Tim Burton’s personal archive and representing the artist’s creative output from childhood to the present day, this exhibition of 500 drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, moving-image works, and sculptural installations focuses on the recurrent visual themes and motifs that resonate in the distinctive characters and worlds found in Burton’s art and films.
While Tim Burton had been previously known almost exclusively for his cinematic work, including Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), and Sweeney Todd (2007), the international exhibition of Burton’s art over the past four years displays the full range of his creative production, revealing a versatile artist whose unique vision transcends mediums and formats.
The exhibition reveals an inimitable style that is informed by Burton’s specific perspective. His amalgamations of man, animal, and machine are evocative of an artistically-inclined Dr. Frankenstein with an unfettered imagination. The interplay between horror and humor figures prominently in Burton’s art and films and this theme of the “carnivalesque”—the mixture between comedy and the grotesque—is seen in projects from Batman to Alice in Wonderland (2010). Perhaps his most notable and well-known motif, the soulful melancholy of Burton’s iconic misunderstood outsiders—from Edward Scissorhands and Jack Skellington to the Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie—is deftly expressed in the drawings featured in the exhibition.
Timothy Walter Burton (b. 1958) grew up in Burbank, California, a homogenous suburban American neighborhood that compelled Burton to find respite and escape from its blandness. Guided by the movies on television, comics in the newspapers, myths and fables told in school, and other forms of popular culture as well as the holiday seasons (when houses and lawns in his neighborhood were decorated with festive trappings), Burton incorporated these lifelong influences into his art at an early age. His childhood sketches demonstrate Burton’s range and call to mind the work of his predecessors, including classic cartoonists and illustrators such as Edward Gorey, Charles Addams, Don Martin, and Theodore Geisel. The impact of Japanese monster movies, Expressionist Cinema, Universal Studios’ horror catalog, and suspense maestros William Castle and Vincent Price also permeates Burton’s work.
Comprised of both works from his signature films and projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories (1997) to never-before-exhibited artworks, The World of Tim Burton is a deeply engaging experience that gives the public access to the artist’s very personal and singular output.
The World of Tim Burton is organized by Jenny He, independent curator, in collaboration with Tim Burton Productions.
The World of Tim Burton: Thematic Sections
Around the World
Tim Burton’s restless and limitless creativity is not bound by time or location and he can be found constantly drawing. The spontaneity of Burton’s art is perhaps best demonstrated by these visual expressions created during the travels around the world necessary to the itinerant life of a film director.
The interplay between horror and humor figures prominently in Tim Burton’s art and films. The theme of the “carnivalesque”—the mixture between comedy and the grotesque—is seen in projects from Batman to Alice in Wonderland. These selections show Burton’s treatment of the balance between these seemingly opposing genres.
Figurative Works: Men, Women or Creatures?
These amalgamations of man, animal, machine and mythical creatures are evocative of an artistically-inclined Dr. Frankenstein with an unfettered imagination.
Tim Burton’s distinctive style translates across mediums as these concept drawings formed the foundation for the characters in his films.
Tim Burton grew up in Burbank, California, a homogenous suburban American neighborhood that was enlivened only during the holidays when houses were decorated with festive trappings. These momentary escapes from blandness influenced Burton at an early age and holidays serve as a major motif (in the form of sincere appreciation as well as a satirical wink) in both his art and films.
These works that demonstrate Tim Burton’s versatility and range call to mind the influence of his predecessors. The drawings pay homage to classic cartoonists and illustrators such as Edward Gorey, Charles Addams, Don Martin, Theodore Geisel, and Disney’s “Nine Old Men” (Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas). The influences of Japanese monster movies, Expressionist Cinema, and horror monsters from Universal Studios’ catalog are also revealed in these works.
The Misunderstood Outcasts
The soulful melancholy of Tim Burton’s iconic misunderstood outsiders is deftly expressed in these drawings. These recognizable characters form the core of the Burtonesque aesthetic.
Between 1992 and 1999, Tim Burton used a 20 x 24 instant camera to produce a series of oversized Polaroid prints as a personal project. These photographs express visual themes and motifs that also appear in his feature films, and were often created during production as an outlet of creativity and respite from his “day job.”
Tim Burton commissioned editioned cast and crew books as gifts at the end of his film productions. These exclusive publications were privately distributed only to those who worked on his films. These selections give visitors a behind-the-scenes opportunity to look through the intimate moments of a film production.
These drawings from film and television projects that were halted in various stages of development not only show the extent of Tim Burton’s artistic output, but they also affirm the continuity of his themes and motifs.
is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most imaginative and visual filmmakers. He has achieved both critical and financial success in the live-action and animation genres.
Burton most recently directed Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, which will be released in 2014.
2012 was a productive year for Burton, who directed Dark Shadows and produced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He was awarded a BFI Fellowship and became an Empire Legend. He also directed the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated Frankenweenie, which won the LA Film Critics’ award for Animation Feature. Through his dedication to animation, he has helped reinvigorate the stop-motion industry, starting with his 1993 creation and cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas; and followed by the 2005 Academy Award–nominated and BAFTA winner for best animated feature, Corpse Bride.
Other achievements include Alice in Wonderland, which won two Academy Awards, and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film earned more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest-grossing release of 2010.
Burton has won a National Board of Review award for his directing work on 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which also won the Golden Globe for Best Film – Musical or Comedy.
He earlier received BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director for the 2003 acclaimed fantasy drama Big Fish. His most critically acclaimed film, the 1994 Ed Wood, won two Oscars, a Golden Globe, and two BAFTA nominations.
He has a dedicated following, notably for classic and unique features such as his 1985 directorial debut and unexpected comedic hit, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, followed by the 1988 wildly inventive Beetlejuice; and the action blockbusters Batman (which became the top-grossing film in 1989) and the 1992 follow-up Batman Returns.
Arguably his most beloved film is the 1990 romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands—directed, co-written and produced by Burton—which was acclaimed by both critics and audiences. The film also marked the start of his successful cinematic partnership with Johnny Depp, who delivered a poignant performance in the title role.
Other films of his include the worldwide smash hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book; Sleepy Hollow, adapted from the classic tale by Washington Irving; the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, which marked his first collaboration with producer Richard Zanuck; and the all-star sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!
He has produced several other films including Cabin Boy, Batman Forever, and the animated features James and the Giant Peach and 9, as well as directed two music videos for The Killers.
Besides Burton’s dedication to filmmaking, he has a passion for creating artwork. In 2009, he released the award-winning The Art of Tim Burton, a 430-page book comprising more than 40 years of his personal and project artwork. In November of that year, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opened an extensive exhibit of his work In New York, which went on to tour in Melbourne, Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, and Seoul, breaking ticket sale records at each stop. In 1997, he published the beloved illustrated series of poetry called The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.
Burton grew up in Burbank, California and attended California Institute of the Arts, where he studied animation, before moving on to the animation department at Disney. While there, he directed the 1982 stop-motion animated short film Vincent, narrated by Vincent Price, which was an award winner on the film festival circuit. He also directed the 1983 Kung fu–inspired short film adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, and the 1984 live-action short film Frankenweenie.
TIM BURTON TIMELINE
Untitled (Prehistoric cavemen). Stop-motion short film
Houdini. Live-action short film
Untitled (Tim’s dreams). Compilation of live-action and stop-motion short films
1997. Stop-motion short film
Crush Litter. Graphic design for an advertising campaign. Winner of a competition sponsored by Beautiful Burbank, Inc., Burbank, Calif.
The Island of Dr. Agar. Live-action short film
The Giant Zlig. Manuscript for children’s book
Untitled (King and octopus). Animated short film
Stalk of the Celery Monster. Animated short film
The Muppet Movie. Feature film. Henson Associates/ITC Entertainment. Directed by James Frawley. Burton is a puppeteer
Doctor of Doom. Live-action short film
Trick or Treat. Unrealized stop-motion film project
Pirates. Unrealized project
Untitled (Cartoon series). Personal drawings
Little Dead Riding Hood. Unrealized project
The Fox and the Hound. Animated feature film. Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and Art Stevens. Burton is an apprentice animator
True Love. Unrealized stop-motion film project
Romeo and Juliet. Unrealized project
Numbers. Manuscript for children’s book
Luau. Live-action short film. Co-directed with Jerry Rees
Vincent. Animated short film. Walt Disney Pictures
Aliens. Unrealized project
Dream Factory. Unrealized television project
Hansel and Gretel. Live-action short film. Disney Channel Studio Showcase/Burton & Heinrichs Productions
“Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.” Episode of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. Showtime Networks/Gaylord Television Entertainment/Platypus Productions/Lionsgate
Frankenweenie. Live-action short film. Walt Disney Pictures
The Black Cauldron. Animated feature film. Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Ted Berman, and Richard Rich. Burton is a concept artist
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
“The Jar.” Episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. NBC Television
“Family Dog.” Episode of Amazing Stories. Amblin Television/Universal City Studios. Directed by Brad Bird. Burton is animation designer
Beetlejuice. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
Beetlejuice: The Animated Series. Television series. ABC/Fox Television. Burton is executive producer
Batman. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
Edward Scissorhands. Feature film. Twentieth Century Fox
In the Director’s Chair: The Man Who Invented Edward Scissorhands. Television special. Extended Wings/Freedman-Lippert/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Roland Mesa. Mock biography of Burton in which he performs
Conversations with Vincent. Uncompleted Vincent Price documentary feature film
Batman Returns. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
Singles. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Burton appears in a cameo
Hoffa. Feature film. Canal+/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Danny DeVito. Burton appears in a cameo
Polaroid project. Blue Girl, Christmas, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Unnatural History series.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Animated feature film. Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Henry Selick. Burton develops the story and characters and is producer
The Nightmare Before Christmas. Book. Hyperion
Family Dog. Television series. CBS Television. Burton is executive producer and character designer
Ed Wood. Feature film. Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Pictures
“Ed Wood.” Music video. Co-directed with Toni Basil
Cabin Boy. Feature film. Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Adam Resnick. Burton is producer
Batman Forever. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Burton is producer
Mars Attacks! Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
James and the Giant Peach. Animated feature film. Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Henry Selick. Burton is producer
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. Book. HarperCollins
Lost in Oz. Unrealized television project
Superman Lives! Unrealized film project
Gnome. Commercial for Hollywood Gum
Sleepy Hollow. Feature film. Paramount Pictures
The World of Stainboy. Internet-based animated series
Kung Fu. Commercial for Timex
Mannequin. Commercial for Timex
Planet of the Apes. Feature film. Twentieth Century Fox
Big Fish. Feature film. Columbia Pictures
Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys. Line of toys for Dark Horse Comics. Burton is designer.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Animated feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures. Co-directed with Mike Johnson
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
Believe It or Not. Unrealized film project
“Bones.” Music video featuring The Killers. Island Records/Def Jam Music Group
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Feature film. DreamWorks Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures
9. Animated feature film. Focus Features. Directed by Shane Acker. Burton is producer
Balloon Boy. Inflatable installation
Robot Boy. Animatronic
Stain Boy Diorama. Multi-media installation
Carousel. Black light installation
Three Creatures. Sculptures
Tim Burton MoMA Spot. Commercial for the Museum of Modern Art.
The Art of Tim Burton. Book. Steeles Publishing, Inc./Tim Burton, Inc. Edited by Derek Frey, Leah Gallo, and Holly Kempf
Tim Burton. Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Alice in Wonderland. Feature film. Walt Disney Pictures
Chevalier of Arts and Letters. Distinction from the Minister of Culture of France
President of the Jury, 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival. Distinction from the Cannes Film Festival
Tim Burton. Exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
Tim Burton ACMI Spot. Commercial for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Tim Burton TIFF Spot. Commercial for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox
Holiday Creature. Sculpture
Tim Burton. Exhibition at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox
Tim Burton. Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Tim Burton LACMA Spot. Commercial for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Air Dancers. Inflatable installation
Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside. Music video featuring Witching Hour. Lazer Film Productions. Directed by Derek Frey. Burton appears in a cameo
Tim Burton. Exhibition at La Cinémathèque Française, Paris
Tim Burton La Cinémathèque Française Spot. Commercial for La Cinémathèque Française
Dark Shadows. Feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Feature film. Bazelevs Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Burton is producer
Frankenweenie. Animated feature film. Walt Disney Pictures
“Here with Me.” Music video featuring The Killers. Island Records/Def Jam Music Group
Tim Burton. Exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art
Tim Burton SeMA Spot. Commercial for the Seoul Museum of Art
City Gallery Prague/GHMP/
The Stone Bell /Dům U Kamenného zvonu/
Old Town Square 13 /Staroměstské náměstí 13/
Prague 1 / Praha 1
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130 CZK (children 6-15 years, students up to 26 years after the presentation of the card, seniors over 65, disabled and journalists with the identity card)
490 CZK (max. 2 adults and up to 3 children under 15)
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10% discount on full admission
elementary school, high school, university (min. 15 persons): 50 CZK , teachers: free
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Architectural Exhibition Design:
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