I have always been drawn to the creativity exuded through macabre imagery. So when the MIA announced last year that they would be getting the "Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters" exhibit I marked my calendars months in advance. I was able to get tickets to the preview party the night before the exhibit was to open to the public.
As you walked in the threshold blinked at you as if you were stepping right into the mouth of a monster. The crowd was instantly greeted by the exhibit's guardian. Ominous and evil yet so intriguing everyone couldn't wait to see what else awaited beyond the entryway.
There was stunning original artwork made for del Toro's films. I was particularly drawn to the concept art. I love seeing the beginning of ideas before they have been molded into the final product. There was even some original concept art for Disney! I geeked-out over it!
We also got to glimpse inside of the mind of the man himself and see original sketches, storyboards, and concept art he created. There were stations that displayed his notebooks with digital versions that allowed fans to page through the images in the book.
Of course the exhibit housed the wonderfully weird side of art. But I was surprised by the sheer size of some of the life-sized displays and the quantity of high-caliber work on display.
There was also a large quantity of items in the exhibit that were real-life oddities. I particularly was drawn to the vintage photographs of circus freaks.
There was also items in the exhibit that were of stunning classic beauty. The esthetic of the items had a real broad range.
The best part of the night was getting to 'people watch' and see all the fans engage with the show. This exhibit was a cross between fine art and pop culture that brought out fans across all genres.
There was also a high level of fan participation with dressing up in Gothic styles or as their favorite characters.
Outside of the exhibit the event wing was turned into a darkly themed evening with entertainment, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and even a magic genie granting wishes!
The exhibit will be on display in Minneapolis through May 28, 2017. Be sure to check this one out! It has something for everyone!
Oh and did I mention there is a super awesome Snapchat filter for the exhibit?