Posted on 30. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

The imagination of Hollywood film-maker Tim Burton is proving to be a big drawcard for Melbourne with Tim Burton: The Exhibition reaching the 100,000 visitor milestone.

Minister for the Arts Peter Batchelor yesterday welcomed Jason Orr from Adelaide as the 100,000th visitor to the exhibition since it opened on June 24, and presented him with a special ACMI Tim Burton prize.

The exhibition is part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI).

Mr Batchelor said the exhibition was on track to becoming the most popular in ACMI’s history, with international and interstate visitors joining tens of thousands of Victorians delving into the mind and imagination of one of world’s most distinctive film-makers.

“Since opening just five weeks ago, Tim Burton: The Exhibition has become one of the hottest tickets in town, will queues regularly spilling out of ACMI into Federation Square,’” he said.

“During the school holidays, the exhibition drew 4,500 people in one day, smashing ACMI’s previous daily record of 3,600 for Pixar: 20 Years of Animation.”

Tim Burton: The Exhibition is the largest temporary exhibition ever to be staged at ACMI. It features more than 700 objects – from storyboards and drawings to puppets and costumes – spanning Burton’s career.

Highlights include the Edward Scissorhands costume worn by Johnny Depp, three of the original Batman masks worn by Michael Keaton, 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 created especially for the ACMI presentation.

Mr Batchelor said Victorians couldn’t get enough of Tim Burton.

“As well as flocking to the exhibition, people have been embracing a range of public and education programs. The Masterclass with Tim Burton during the opening week sold out in 24 hours, and 1,500 people watched the live simulcast on the Fed Square screen,” he said.

“The exhibition catalogue and exclusive-to-ACMI Art of Tim Burton book also sold out quickly and is now being reprinted.

“The Burton Club on Thursday nights, featuring entertainment and extended hours, has also been enormously successful, drawing crowds of around 1000 each week.”

Mr Batchelor said blockbuster exhibitions like Tim Burton were drawing tourists to Melbourne in winter and helping to secure Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s number one cultural destination.

“Alongside Tim Burton at ACMI, the NGV is presenting the wonderful European Masters: Städel Museum 19th–20th Century, while Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition is wowing the crowds at Melbourne Museum,” he said.

“When it comes to major exhibitions, we are really spoilt for choice in Melbourne this winter.”

Tim Burton: The Exhibition is open daily at ACMI, Federation Square, from 10am-6pm and until 10pm every Thursday. The exhibition runs until Sunday, 10 October.

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