Inside Tim Burton’s Head or Being John Malkovich

Posted: August 6, 2010 by alinaaaaaaaaa in Uncategorized
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I was always interested in Tim Burton’s art and his way of perception which deeply resonates with my inner world. So can you imagine my excitement when I received an opportunity to go to Melbourne and visit Burton’s exhibition at acmi.

Tim Burton's exhibition in Melbourne

Tim Burton's exhibition in Melbourne

I heard about this event a couple of months ago and was secretly dreaming about this opportunity with no hope for my dream to come true. But thanks to my friend’s efforts we made it and came for a short trip to Melbourne. This is how our journey began. Honestly, I was expecting something fantastic and overwhelming but this exhibition surpassed all expectations, it was just unbelievably good. And I do not exaggerate.

the entrance to acmi

the entrance to acmi

The exhibition at acmi presents Burton’s drawings, photographs, movies, puppets, models, poetry and sketches stretching back to his childhood. It provides access to personal and mysterious world of the auteur. Literally, his brain is on display.

Batman car

Batman car

Before the entrance to the actual exhibition visitors are able to have a look at some of Burton’s photographs, paintings, models and a Batman car from the movie (you don’t need to pay to see these exhibits).

Photographs made by Tim Burton

Photographs made by Tim Burton

I guess, all these things can be seen for free in order to generate a bigger interest and make passers-by pass into the paid Burton’s section. In the photographs you can find characters from the Nightmare before Christmas, ex-girlfriend Lisa Marie and quirky objects.

I was personally fascinated by a photograph Untitled (Blue girl with Scull). It is at the same time engaging and confronting. I am amazed by the whole idea and the way it is presented, however, the baby with needles in his body is too much for me. This little part of the gallery already establishes a certain image of the “Burtonesque” style – quirky, dark and gothic.

Untitled (Blue Girl with Skull)

Untitled (Blue Girl with Skull)

The Batman car is situated just near the entrance to the main Burton gallery. Although, most people were impressed by the car (to me it reminded a huge and black animal), I was attracted to the window behind the car. It is so unusual. Made in a drop shape and surrounded by hypnotic circles it makes you stare at it for ages. I have received an impression that I am standing here, in Tim Burton’s head and see the “real” world through his eyes.

Window designed in the "Burtonesque" style

Window designed in the "Burtonesque" style

Finally, we have decided to move to the main gallery. The entrance is decorated in a form of a giant mouth and reminds of an entrance into Luna Park.

Entrance to the gallery

Entrance to the gallery

Inside visitors can see nearly everything from Burton’s art concerning all his movies. The exhibition begins with his early ages spent in Burbank and ends with a brand new movie Alice in Wonderland. The difference between the real world full of sunshine and more pale colours hugely contrast with the one created by acmi to present Burton’s art. Inside, there is a special lightening; it is darks but still enough for you to clearly see all his artworks. The wall are mostly purple and black, however, some other colors are used as well. Everything is written in a “Burtonesque” style font. The designers of the gallery heavily used Burton’s favorite “things”, such as black and white tiles, spirals, and quirky special trees. Watch out, decorations and artworks can be at any place: beneath your legs or in front of your eyes. All in all, Burton’s art is divided into the periods of his life and movies he filmed in a chronological order.

Inside Tim Burton's exhibition

Inside Tim Burton's exhibition

Critics say “Dark world of Tim Burton” but if you look closer it is not dark, there is so much colour in it. For example, it is shocking how many colours of black or grey you see. Even simple black in his vision is not simple black but something exciting. Interestingly, Burton’s style approaches all audiences and, as a consequence, at the exhibition you can meet people of all ages, from toddlers to elders in their mid 80s. It is so much fun for everyone. After visiting the exhibition I was overwhelmed with the emotions and felt like doing and creating, and my friends have experienced similar emotions.

Burton’s art is interactive. It is the art for everybody without any elitism. There is no wall between you and the artist; you are literally on the same ground. With not a hint of a snobbery, Burton welcomes everyone into his magical world.
Honestly, it is impossible to describe everything you see there in one article, even one book is not enough, I guess. So the best way to try his art is just to go and try it by yourself. The tickets cost within 20 dollars, basically the price for hours of entertainment, art and wonderland is the same as for one Burton’s movie screened at the cinemas. Moreover, the exhibition will be held till the 10th October, 2010 so you have time.
Do you still doubt whether to go or not? Well, if you appreciate creative mind, you will definitely appreciate this exhibition.

Tim Burton

Tim Burton

Finally, I want to ask a question: “What would you give to have a cup of coffee with Tim Burton?”

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Comments
  1. Polina says:

    yeah Tim Burton’s art and manner of showing us his different way of perception is quite interesting. My friends’ve been in that exhibition and i really want to go as well! his work is fantastic

  2. E.G. says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard about his talents in poetry before)
    You were quite right saing about the diversity of his own world he shows in the light of the only one colour, very profound idea:)
    Tnx for your informative review)

  3. Burton's Fan says:

    That’s great that today many of us have such an opportunity to see and estimate the unusual artworks by Tim Burton. I like his approach to film-making and people who are in the cast, as well as his vision of style and life. I’m sure his exhibition works would really appeal to me. If I were in Melbourne or somewhere near, I would definitely not miss the chance to visit the exhibition! Unfortunately, I’m not able to do it, but reading your impressive article I truly got great pleasure, as if I were there myself. Thanks a lot!

  4. Maya says:

    Oh, it’s a very interesting review, thank you. Tim Burton is definitely a
    rather specific art person. And I fully agree with you, his art deeply
    resonates with so many meanings and hidden ideas, partly reflecting my own
    inner world too. I’d love to visit this exhibition and to take pleasure in
    his singularity.

  5. Suzi says:

    This is a very interesting and informative review. :) I never knew that Tim Burton was such an innovative and influencial artist.

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