It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not talk about Tim Burton’s dark genius? I had the fortune of attending a private event at the MoMA over the weekend, at which I was able to view the most recent exhibit to grace the modern museum; a look back at the last three decades of Tim Burton’s work.
I’ve always been a fan of Burton. Beetlejuice and A Nightmare Before Christmas have always been in my top 10 favorite films and you may have read in one of my recent posts that I am anxiously awaiting Burton’s upcoming interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. What I enjoyed most about this exhibit was not only the massive, well-rounded collection of Burton memorabilia—everything from scribbles on cocktail napkins to the costume worn by Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands—but the creative use of multimedia throughout, which brought a level of modernity and added insight to the bizarre collection.
I would never consider myself an art connoisseur and, while I enjoy visiting museums and learning about famous works of art, am in no way an authority on the subject. However, I always appreciate an art experience—something more than just wandering down never-ending hallways of paintings without any direction. In this instance, the multimedia features including video of feature films and interviews with the artist provided a hint of insight into the seemingly normal life of Burton that somehow led to a series of eerie cartoons, satirical doodles and classic Hollywood costumes, including props from Batman, Beetlejiuce and Mars Attacks.
While after visiting the Salvador Dali museum in Barcelona a few years back I was not surprised to find that his bizarre, dream-like paintings were not necessarily a far cry from his mental state, I was surprised to find that Burton grew up in a seemingly normal suburb outside Burbank, CA and his creative instinct came from nothing more than perhaps an overactive imagination—
something I honestly had more of! After spending the good part of three hours wandering through the multiple rooms, everyone in my group, which included Burton fans and non-Burton fans, was able to find a deep appreciation of his work.
Whether or not Burton is your bag, we can all take a little something from this when it comes to creative inspiration. The exhibit is available until April 2010, so if you are in the New York City area, I wholeheartedly encourage the visit. If you do attend, please let me know what you think! If not, please note that A Nightmare Before Christmas is on Netflix instant watch. Enjoy!