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[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] Tim Burton Exhibition @ The Seoul Museum of Art!

2013/03/02 | 751 views | Permalink | Source

Seoul Museum of Art is playing host to the popular Tim Burton exhibition until the 14 April. Fans of this prolific film director, producer, writer and artist will be able to view hundreds of his wacky and wonderful drawings, paintings, short films, sculptures, music, costumes and more! The exhibition originated in 2009 at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and now Korean fans are geting their chance to explore Burton's magical world first hand. I visited the exhibition last week and managed to snap a few pics, so enjoy and be sure to catch it if you can!

"The Seoul Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) and Hyundai Card, has put together a series of works by international film director Tim Burton to celebrate the Christmas season. Movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Batman, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland have made Burton a household name all around the world. He is well known for seamlessly combining fantasy with reality with a dash of dark humor. His movies have attracted a cult following and earned him a reputation as a true artist. This exhibition will feature 862 of his works including drawings, paintings, short films, sculptures, music and costumes that have been used in the making of his feature-length movies.

The exhibition is divided into three parts. The first part, titled Surviving Burbank covers his younger years from 1958 to 1976. He was born Timothy Walter Burton in Burbank, California, United States. He was an introvert with a wild imagination that often gave birth to unique creations. The second, Beautifying Burbank, covers the years 19777 to 1984 including his time with Cal Arts and Walt Disney. Most of his work in that period was based on his fascination with childhood fantasies, inspiring the wacky but humorous Tim Burton characters that many of us recognize today. The last segment of the exhibition, Beyond Burbank, covers his most productive years from 1985 to the present. This is the period in which he created the great movies that made him world famous.

Seoul, the final destination

The Tim Burton exhibit has been en route since 2009, having stopped at New York, Melbourne, Paris, and Los Angeles. Seoul is the final destination for the exhibit, which makes it "extra special" according to the director. In addition, the Seoul exhibit includes 100 more works from the director's last feature, Frankenweenie".


DATE: Wednesday 12 December 2012 to Sunday 14 April 2013
TIME: 10:00-20:00 (Tue-Fri) / 10:00–18:00 (Weekends, Public Holidays) / Closed Mondays/10:00 – 22:00 (1st-3rd Tuesdays)
COST: W12,000 Adults / W10,000 Teens / W8,000 Children under 12
VENUE: Seoul Museum of Art, near City Hall Subway Station

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