Tim Burton : Filmmaker In Melbourne For
Tim Burton (the cult Artist and film maker behind such
Batman, Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow) delighted crowds with a rare
appearance at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in
Melbourne to officially open "Tim
Burton: The Exhibition", which will be on display at ACMI
until 10 October, 2010.
event was opened, direct from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New
York, by Victorian Minister for the Arts Mr Peter Batchelor, ACMI Board
President The Hon. John Thwaites, ACMI Director Tony Sweeney, MoMA Director Mr Glenn Lowry, and curators from both
exhibition, a part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2010
collection, explores every aspect of Tim Burton's eccentric career -
including works as director, concept artist illustrator and
photographer in the form of hundreds of artworks from the likes of
Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.
Burton appeared at ACMI in Melbourne
Speaking at the
Exhibition opening, Mr Batchelor said it was a tremendous honour for
Melbourne to be the second city in the world - and the only city to
host it in the Southern Hemisphere - to host this retrospective.
"There is a whole raft of wild, imaginative and quirky characters to
explore. I have no doubt that this exhibition will delight and surprise
audiences of all ages" he said.
ACMI Director Tony Sweeney
welcomed Mr Burton to Melbourne suggesting that "Burton's amazing
catalogue of work and his inspirational artistry has garnered him an
international audience of fans and he has influenced a generation of
young artists across the moving image and art spectrums".
spoke briefly - and shyly - to the eager crowd saying "It is wonderful
to have my works exhibited in this way. I feel quite exposed by the
experience, I never imagined my work in a museum, but I am also excited
to be able to share them with Melbourne, especially in such a unique
way in ACMI's dark and very theatrical gallery".
"I hope the
exhibition's local visitors and those who travel across Australia to
see it have an enjoyable experience" he continued.
more than 700 objects on display at Tim Burton: The Exhibition, and is
even bigger than the MoMA installation with the inclusion of
never-before-seen artifacts from Burton's personal archives.
the ACMI incarnation, Burton worked closely with curators and designers
over several months to bring some new elements to the exhibition,
including designing decorations for both the interior and exterior of
the building and creating the "Burtonairum" (a carnival tent within a
forest, covered in black lights) which is a centrepiece for the show.
And fans can also get their time to shine - with access to the original
Batmobile from 1989's Batman!
has been busy during his Melbourne trip, including appearances at ACMI
for a Melbourne-exclusive which involved discussing some of his
favourite films of all time with Alan Brough in Desert Island Flicks.
He also walked the red carpet for the "Official Opening Night Event".
Burton also signed copies of the official exhibition publication and
the The Art of Tim Burton (both products available exclusively from the
ACMI Store) and will appear at "Masterclass with the artist and
filmmaker - hosted by Margaret Pomeranz".
The stunning event was broadcast on the big screen at Federation Square.
Burton made his final public appearance in Melbourne during an
introduction of the sold-out screening of his first feature film
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985).
Mr Batchelor said: "Melbourne
Winter Masterpieces has been hugely successful – attracting over two
million people so far and injecting $138 million into the Victorian
economy since it was launched in 2004. 2010 offers two exciting, and
very different, exhibitions which I’m sure will be embraced by
Tim Burton: The
Exhibition is open at ACMI from 24 June until 10 October 2010. See www.acmi.net.au
for a full list of events.