Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics. This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. This exhibition brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or neverbefore-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera. On display as well are unrealized and little-known personal projects reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.

Tim Burton

11 W 53rd St, Between 5 & 6 Ave NYC, NY


Sunday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tuesday Closed Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Open until 8:45 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month and every Thursday in July and August) Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m --8:00 p.m. m.–5



Adults Seniors (65 and over with ID) Students (full-time with current ID) Children (16 and under)

$20 $16 $12 Free

November 22 to April 26, 2010


Tim Burton’s
Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys
Tim Burton’s line of toys, based off his sculpture, makes it into the inner child category because sometimes, it just sucks being a kid. Launched by Dark Horse to coincide with the filmmaker’s career retrospective at the MoMa the characters in the four sets of PVC toys all come from his book of poetry, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. In classic Burton fashion, children are represented as ostracized freaks, such as Stain Boy, Toxic Boy, Junk Girl and The Pin Cushion Queen. It is a good bet that when we were children, we’ve all felt like Jimmy, The Hideous Penguin Boy at some point or other, and the memories from that time stick with us. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, I like you even though you used to feel like an oyster boy.”

Installations at the MoMa
1. Et am nibh 2. eui etum iri 3. lum volut 4. ismodo cor summodo 5. praestrud ea 6. Em eugiatuer 7. sum quat 8. Ut lutem zzrit 9. utpat veliqui 10. eliquatue cons

From November 22, 2009 to April 26, 2010, Burton has a retrospective at the MoMA in New York with over 700 “drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, movingimage works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera,” including many from the filmmaker’s personal collection. The show also includes amateur and student films, music videos, commercials, and digital slide shows, as well as a complete set of features and shorts.