Friday, November 11, 2016

Guillermo del Toro @ LACMA


I do not enjoy horror genre, but I am a big supporter of Hispanic filmmakers, so Tim, Karen and I went to see the Guillermo del Toro exhibit at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), on Tuesday, while waiting for the election returns. The mastermind behind such fantastical films as Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, del Toro has been fascinated by macabre images since he was a child in Guadalajara. Indeed, his overly zealous grandmother was so concerned about his nightmarish obsession that she had him exorcised at an early age! Obviously the exorcism didn't work. 

Today del Toro is an uber collector of all things horror, which he displays in a home he calls "Bleak House." Many of his more prized possessions are being exhibited at LACMA as part of "At Home with Monsters," now showing through November 27. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Angel (of death?) greets exhibit visitors

Artist rendering from Pan's Labyrinth

Monster from Pan's Labyrinth 
(depicted above)  

Painting: "The Evil Eye" (Chet Zar, 2010)


Life-size sculpture of Frankenstein's monster
and his bride (Mike Hill, 1996)

Life-size sculpture: "Creation" (Mike Hill, 2009) 

Enormous mask: "Monster" (Mike Hill, 2011)

Monster magazines del Toro collected as a child—at one point,
he apparently had the biggest collection of comicbooks and 
magazines in Mexico

Props from the movie Hellboy

Tim taking it all in

del Toro also loves the dark side of Disney:
Marc Davis's "Medusa" (1969) from Disneyland's
Haunted Mansion

Eyvind Earle scary landscape

Mary Blair concept art for Disney's Adventures of Ichabod
and Mr. Toad (1949)

Eyvind Earle's concept art for Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Nosferatu marionette

Life-size sculpture of Edgar Allen Poe

Tim admiring del Toro's collection