Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Movie lovers will be able to delve into the imagination of the man behind some of the most loved films and cult-classics of modern times, Tim Burton, as part of the Brumby Labor Government’s latest Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Arts Minister Peter Batchelor today launched Tim Burton: The Exhibition, which comes to Melbourne direct from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

“This wonderful exhibition is exclusive to Melbourne, and highlights that Victoria remains the cultural capital of Australia,” Mr Batchelor said.

“It traces Burton’s lifelong creative endeavours from his earliest childhood drawings to his most recent film, Alice in Wonderland. The exhibition is a glimpse into the mind and imagination of Tim Burton, across his entire career as a director, artist, illustrator, writer and photographer.

“It brings together more than 700 rarely or never-before-seen items including drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes and costumes, and includes an extensive film series spanning his 28-year career.

“From Beetlejuice to Batman, Edwards Scissorhands to the Corpse Bride, there is an array of wild, imaginative and quirky characters to explore.

“The exhibition will no doubt draw large crowds of people of all ages, not just from Victoria but from interstate and overseas.

“Melbourne Winter Masterpieces has been hugely successful – attracting over two million people so far and injecting $138 million into the Victorian economy since it was launched in 2004.”

Tim Burton said: “It is wonderful to have my works exhibited in this way.

“I feel quite exposed by the experience, I never imagined my work in a museum, but I am also excited to be able to share them with Melbourne, especially in such a unique way in ACMI’s dark and very theatrical gallery,” Mr Burton said.

“I hope the exhibition’s local visitors and those who travel across Australia to see it, have an enjoyable experience.”

Mr Batchelor said the exhibition was the largest ever to be presented in ACMI’s Gallery 1, and included items and exhibits created especially for Melbourne.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • The Edward Scissorhands costume worn by Johnny Depp;
  • Three of the original Batman masks worn by Michael Keaton and the suit worn by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman;
  • Storyboards, models and puppets from The Nightmare Before Christmas and an original painting by the Art Director, Australian Deane Taylor; and
  • The Burtonarium: a carnival tent full of magical illusions, buried deep within a forest, created especially for the ACMI presentation.

Tim Burton: The Exhibition is the second Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition to be held at ACMI, following on from the record-breaking 2007 Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibition, also a collaboration with MoMA.

It is presented alongside European Masters: Stadel Museum, 19th – 20th Century which opened last week at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Mr Batchelor said the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces program had redefined art exhibitions in Australia.

“This year there are two exciting, and very different, exhibitions which I’m sure will be embraced by audiences,” he said.

Tim Burton: The Exhibition opens on 24 June and runs until 10 October, 2010 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. Details at:


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