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A Peak Inside the 'World of Tim Burton'

Jun 28, 2016 | 12:17 Tue
Following the second installment of Alice in Wonderland, and fervidly anticipating his upcoming film adaption of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Shanghai is getting treated to the whimsically goth, fantastical and demented "World of Tim Burton" -- an exhibition of the American director's drawings, paintings, and sculptures at Lafayette Art and Design Center.

Join us after the jump for a peak inside...

(**This is Halloween! This is Halloween!**)


Film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator... source of some very questionable decisions regarding the interpretation of Willy Wonka -- just as diverse as the mad hats Tim Burton's worn over the years, the artworks on display here at his exhibition span the different stages of his crazy career trajectory. Earlier works are represented, such as his Batman and Edward Scissorhands conceptual art, along with his more recent projects. More than 500 pieces of original artworks are on display, including hundreds of never-seen-before images and sketches. It really is an immersive trip into the world of Tim Burton, presented in a four-story gallery right beside the Xintiandi subway station.

Comprised of more than ten sections, each floor has a thematic thread: the first floor gathers a collections of his drawings and personal projects -- random doodles on napkins or hotel notepads; on the second floor you get to see more works from his "unrealized projects" and a few more that were -- delicate sculptures of movie characters like Frankenweenie and Robot Boy. There's also the very rare 20 x 24 large-scale Polaroids he took of some of his iconic characters.

The third floor and B1 are great for ... taking selfies and having a rest -- you're not allowed to take photos on the first or second floor anyway. The former is where the big sculptures, lounge area, and gift shop are. And the latter is a bit more spectacular -- it hosts a surreal and rather trippy "Luminous Area", with two showrooms screening Tim Burton's experimental short films right next to each other.

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

It's hard to deny Burton's unique perspective on the world and his singular aesthetic. Have we used the phrase "whimsically goth" yet? Even if you're not a huge fan of his films, there's still plenty to enjoy here with his interesting and mad illustrations, sketches, and paintings, which often are accompanied by witty, child-like, and sometimes thought-provoking text and poems that might put a smile on your face.

Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Tickets to "The World of Tim Burton" exhibition can be purchased on Gewara. 130rmb for weekdays, and 170 at weekends. The exhibition goes from June 26 until October 10.


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