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Beyond Burbank: 'Tim Burton' Retrospective Opens at LACMA This Sunday

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Still from Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride' (Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
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by Adrienne Dorsey / Special to LAist

LACMA will present Tim Burton this Sunday, a major retrospective that explores the full range of his work as an artist, director, photographer, and writer respectively. Perhaps best known for his dark, creative vision in the films The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, the Burbank native’s exhibit features over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, costumes, movie props, and more.

Drawing inspiration from pop culture, fairy tales, and gothic traditions, Burton’s fantasy world is on full display through Halloween. From never before seen sketches and early student films to the famous deer-shaped topiary from Edward Scissorhands (on display outside in LACMA’s BP Grand Entrance), the comprehensive exhibition is divided into three sections to chronicle his artistic journey: Surviving Burbank, Beautifying Burbank, and Beyond Burbank.

The exhibition originally opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York two years ago. Burton has created seven new pieces for the traveling show, including Balloon Boy, a toyhouse diorama, the animatronic Robot Boy sculpture, and a spooky revolving black-light carousel installation.

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The Tim Burton exhibit officially opens to the public this Sunday, May 29, at 11 am and runs through Oct. 31, with special events planned throughout the summer. Tickets are $20. Children 17 and under are free.