Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics. This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Beetlejuice, and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.
Burton's films include Vincent (1982), Pee-wee's Big Adventure(1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands(1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas(as creator and producer) (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks!(1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005),Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Sweeney Todd(2007); writing and Web projects include The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997) and Stainboy (2000).
If you plan to see the exhibition Tim Burton (November 22, 2009–April 26, 2010), please be aware that gallery occupancy is limited. Timed tickets to enter Tim Burton are suggested on weekdays and required on all weekends and holidays. Timed tickets will be required every day from Saturday, February 13, through Sunday, February 21; every day from Saturday, March 27, through Sunday, April 11; and on the final day of the exhibition, Monday, April 26. Timed tickets guarantee entrance to the exhibition at the time designated on the ticket, and carry no extra charge. To purchase timed tickets for Tim Burton, simply select a specific date and time when you purchase your admission ticket online. On days when timed-tickets are required, a limited number of tickets are also available at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis. This ticket also permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films.Please note: Members and accompanying guests and Executive Courtesy Card holders need not wait to enter Tim Burton. Simply present your membership card, Executive Courtesy Card, and/or member guest admission ticket at the exhibition entrance.