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Shannon Visits LACMA’s Guillermo Del Toro Exhibit!!

1I remember the first time I watched Guillermo Del Toro’s visual masterpiece PAN’S LABYRINTH. I sat there in complete awe and wonder at how beautiful the film was, and still is today.  Since then I have been a diehard fan of Del Toro’s work and have been inspired and moved by his creations.  A few months ago it was announced that the LACMA museum in Los Angeles would be hosting an exhibit showcasing not only Del Toro’s impressive horror collection, but also props used from his films along with personal diaries that show his creative process for creating his astonishing creations.

Two weekends ago, I was able to attend Guillermo Del Toro’s: At Home With Monsters exhibit and to say I was blown away would be an understatement.  All throughout the space were some of his most famous movie props which included the Pale Man & Fauno from PAN’S LABYRINTH, the beautifully tragic and somewhat horrifying boy from THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, costumes designs from CRIMSON PEAK and HELL BOY, and more.  Also among the exhibit where personal pieces that Del Toro has collected within him home, aptly called Bleak House.  A lot of these artwork pieces dealt with themes of death and the afterlife through visions of horror, monsters, the occult, and magic.  A lot of the work was tragic but it also hinted at the beauty of the unknown.

I wish there was one piece I could state as my favorite, but with so much to look at, it was hard to just pick one.  As a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft, I loved seeing Del Toro’s collection of Lovecraft’s work along with the life-like statue and busts of Lovecraft.  One of my absolute favorite pieces at the exhibit were 4 drawings that were straight from the book “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”  I would give my left arm to own those pieces and upon seeing them, brought back memories of reading that terrifying book as a kid.  The exhibit housed more than just the macabre, as Del Toro had many prints from Disney films that include ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and FANTASIA.  Every room that you went into there was always something different, some unique, and something that surpassed the room you were just in.

Overall, Guillermo Del Toro’s: At Home With Monsters was a visual feast for the eyes.  It’s clear that Del Toro is passionate for the horror genre and has a deep affinity for the odd and macabre.  If I could, I would personally thank him for allowing all of us a glimpse into “Bleak House” and for taking us on a journey through all his personal collections.  For someone like me, this exhibit was a source of true inspiration and it’s made me into an even bigger fan of his, which is something I wouldn’t have even thought possible.

For more information on Guillermo Del Toro’s: At Home With Monsters, visit the LACMA website at http://www.lacma.org/guillermo-del-toro#about-the-exhibition.  The exhibit will be running until November 27, 2016.

  • Isadore Wisnith

    Any idea where the books with the mandrake picture comes from? It seems sort of familiar….