Known for his gothic, quirky, and fantastically imaginative works such as ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and more, every Tim Burton movie has his own distinct style called ‘Burtonesque’ that has stayed in the minds of movie buffs over the decades. Most recently, Burton has served as an executive producer for the hit Netflix series ‘Wednesday’ and has directed several episodes.

It seems like 2023 is already set to be an exciting year. Rich in imagination, he is also a writer and illustrator, and the unusual worlds that he has created will come to life in the form of an exhibition ‘The World of Tim Burton’, for the very first time in Southeast Asia. Burton himself was involved in the process of creating the exhibition, which will be held from 21 March to 30 July 2023 at Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

Being one of the most popular movie directors in the world, other exhibitions based on his works have been held previously such as ‘The Art of Tim Burton’ at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and ‘Tim Burton at Seoul Museum of Art’ at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Back in 2009, ‘The World of Tim Burton’ was first set up by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa museum) in New York. The third highest-attended exhibition in MoMA’s history, it received a total of 800,000 visitors which sparked this re-conceptualised exhibition that was specifically created for an international tour.

This exhibition is currently running in Taipei and has been to numerous cities including Hong Kong, Mexico City, Shanghai, and Tokyo. It will include not only his cinematic work but also the full range of his creative production. Items have been drawn from his very own personal archive that has been categorised into 10 thematic sections based on his extensive five-decade career. This includes 500 drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, moving-image works, and sculptural installations based on memorable characters like Edward Scissorhands and Jack Skellington as well as worlds found in Burton’s art and films. It will also include 150 new works that were not included in the MoMA exhibition.

Visitors will be able to engage with never-before-exhibited artworks as well as works from his signature films and projects with his signature black & white colour palette seen prominently throughout the exhibition. On display will be a number of puppets used in films like ‘Corpse Bride’ and Oompa-Loompas in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

This exhibition will follow ‘Van Gogh Alive’ which runs until 16 March 2023. It is organised by Toybox Projects, partnered by Eurasian Entertainment Consultants Ltd and KOL Nation, and supported by venue partner, Pavilion Bukit Jalil,

Tickets for the exhibition will be available from KOL Nation and TicketCharge starting 11 January 2023 and at the exhibition venue when it opens.

Let’s hope the man himself will visit Malaysia to launch this exhibition!

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