Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

Exhibition Website

Aug 1 2016 - Nov 27 2016

Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation. Beginning with


(1993) and continuing through

The Devil’s Backbone




Pan’s Labyrinth


Pacific Rim

(2013), and

Crimson Peak

(2015), among many other film, television, and book projects, del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists, and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture, and art-historical sources—del Toro recreates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally, with a cherished home base he calls “Bleak House” in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, the exhibition is organized thematically, beginning with visions of death and the afterlife; continuing through explorations of magic, occultism, horror, and monsters; and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • Latin American
  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy / Comic
  • Guillermo del Toro

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