The exhibition runs from November 5, 2016 to January 23, 2017 at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place, charting the history of Burton’s creative career spanning almost three decades. The works showcased span from Burton’s childhood drawings to his most recent cinematic work, and includes numerous works from the acclaimed director’s private archive, including drawings, paintings, puppets, sculptures, and photographs.
The show is divided into nine thematic sections. They include ‘Around the World,’ a collection of Burton’s sketches made on the go, such as those scribbled on notepads and napkins; ‘Influences,’ which presents some of Burton’s earliest works, including those from his childhood; ‘Film Characters,’ which is dedicated to sketches made for Burton’s feature films, and ‘Unrealized Projects,’ a glimpse at books and films that were started but never made it to the final stage.
In addition, some of Burton’s early short films and music videos will be shown. Another big draw is the exhibition shop, which will be selling unique and limited edition merchandise like apparel, stationery, and more.
Known for his films of gothic fantasy and whimsical madness, Burton is best recognized for movies such as Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). His works were first exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Since then, The World of Tim Burton has traveled to six cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Prague, Tokyo, Melbourne, and São Paulo, drawing over one million visitors.
The exhibition’s organizers have also collaborated with local Hong Kong artists and brands, including the artist Michael Lau and the collectible figure maker Hot Toys. Lau, who is known for his iconic urban vinyl artworks, has created two limited edition figures that pay homage to Burton, including a 12-inch action figure representing Burton’s Balloon Boy (2009). 500 of the figures will be produced and available to patrons of the The World of Tim Burton x FringeBacker program, a crowdfunding campaign that gives die-hard Burton fans the chance to support these collaborations in return for special access and unique merchandise.