Over the past few months, the fantastic exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters has been on display at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). With the exhibition ending here in Los Angeles before moving on to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA), I was finally able to check it out and now understand why everyone has been raving about the exhibition.
What you need to know is del Toro organized the exhibit by theme. So as you walk around you’ll enter rooms that focus on magic, the Victorian period, death and the afterlife, magic, alchemy and the occult, movies comics and pop culture, Frankenstein and horror, freaks and monsters, and more. Loaded with maquettes, artifacts, paintings, drawings, concept art, props and other miscellaneous things that have been personally selected by del Toro, the exhibit is the closest many of us will get to being inside his legendary “man cave” known as Bleak House. If you’re not aware, del Toro has a separate house that’s filled with all the things he’s collected and this exhibit is just a small fraction of what he has.
As you’ll see in the pictures below, not only will you notice things from his films like Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak, you’ll see the 1907 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, original Moebius artwork, original comic book pages from Alan Moore’s From Hell, concept art from films like Walt Disney’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, James Cameron’s Aliens, Drew Struzan’s poster for Pan’s Labyrinth, his love of all things Dracula, Frankenstein, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, and so much more.
Since most people will never be able to check out the At Home with Monsters exhibit, while walking around I took a ton of pictures. Even though I snapped over 150 high-resolution pics, trust me when I say I didn’t come close to capturing everything there and if you’re near the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Minneapolis Museum of Art when the exhibition opens in either city, I strongly suggest stopping by and seeing it for yourself.
Finally, due to how crowded it was, I had to sometimes leave an area and come back to get additional pics. So as you scroll down you might see things that were in different rooms placed back to back.
click on any image for hi-res