A rare retrospective dedicated to the filmmaker’s eccentric style will mark the first time in nearly a decade that his artworks have been on display in the United States.
The site-specific show, titled Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum, will feature large-scale artworks by the American auteur, who is known for his Gothic-style creations. Scheduled to run from October 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, the Las Vegas exhibition will mark the first U.S. showcase of original artworks by Burton in nearly a decade. It will also be the first time some of these pieces have been showcased anywhere; Burton is set to create various sculptures and installations specifically for the Las Vegas exhibition.
According to the Neon Museum’s website, the exhibit will “reflect on Burton’s creative legacy,” with large-scale artworks (both new and previously displayed) featured throughout the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Visitors will be able to explore Burton’s artworks alongside the museum’s antique sign collection in the Neon Boneyard, an open-air portion of the 2.62-acre property where old neon signs are preserved and displayed. (Burton featured the museum’s Boneyard during a memorable sequence in his 1996 comedy Mars Attacks.) In addition to the main show, a separate after-dark spectacle titled Tim Burton Brilliant will further showcase the artist’s unique affection for Las Vegas, using light projections, music, and archival footage to illuminate unrestored signs from the museum’s collection.
Other exhibitions featuring art by Burton—whose long-lasting contributions to film include cult classics such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)—have appeared in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City in recent years. The last major Burton-themed exhibition in the United States was held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2009 (through 2010). It attracted approximately 800,000 visitors.
This article originally appeared online on July 15, 2019; it was updated on August 19, 2019, to include current information.
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