Academy Museum Details Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition, Targets to Open April 30 – Deadline


The Oscar-winning animation giant Hayao Miyazaki is at the center of the inaugural temporary exhibition of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when it opens to the public (hopefully) in the spring. Previously announced for the honor, the academy is now providing details of one of the major highlights that early visitors will experience when the long-delayed museum finally opens its doors.

With the most delayed opening of the museum since 14 December due to the coronavirus epidemic, the gala’s unveiling is now scheduled for public consumption on 30 April with a large promotional incentive at the Academy Awards to be held on 25 April.

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In 1985, Japanese icon Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli and the production house opened Academy Museum’s exhibition curator Jessica Neibel and assistant curator J. Together with Raul Guzman pulled together at the museum’s Merlin and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery, which marked the first North American retrospective landscape. Ever dedicated to Miyazaki and his acclaimed body for world-acclaimed work.

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With over 300 items, the exhibition will explore each of Miyazaki’s animated feature films My neighbor Totoro (1988) and Oscar winner spirited Away (2001). The museum promises visitors will travel through the six-decade career of the filmmaker, “a dynamic presentation of the original image, character design, storyboards, layouts, posters, and seals, including pieces on public view outside Japan for the first time.” As. As well as large-scale projections of film clips and immersive environments. ”

Producer and Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki said, “It’s a huge honor Hayao Miyazaki The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has the inaugural temporary exhibition. Miyazaki’s talent is his power to remember what he sees. He opens the drawer in his head to draw these visual memories to create characters, landscapes and structures that are bursting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the full scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am very grateful to all those who have played an important role in presenting this exhibition. ”

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“We couldn’t be more excited to launch our new institute with the most comprehensive presentation of Hayao Miyazaki’s work,” said Academy Museum Director Bill Kremer. “Honoring the illustrious career of this international artist is a fitting way to open our museum, reflecting the global scope of the Academy Museum.”

Here is his detailed explanation of what is in the museum for the exhibition:

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Theatrically organized into seven volumes, the exhibition is designed as a journey. To enter, visitors follow 4-year-old Mei, a character My neighbor TotoroIn the Tree Tunnel Gallery, a transitional space that leads into Miyazaki’s Enchanted World. Emerging from the Tree Tunnel, visitors will find themselves in the Creating Character Gallery, which features a multi-screen installation of short clips of Miyazaki’s main character. This section sheds light on how his characters have been conceptually developed and original character-design drawings have been created. My neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) And princess mononoke (1997). Some of these artifacts have never been seen outside of Japan.

In the following Making of Gallery, visitors learn more about Miyazaki’s long-term collaboration with the late Isao Takahata, with whom he founded Studio Ghibli. Visitors will see Miyazaki’s early works as an animator, including the groundbreaking TV series Heidi, Girl of the Alps, And his first feature film, Lupine the 3: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). A special tribute to Newbie of the valley of the wind (1984) emphasizes the importance of this beloved film to Miyazaki’s career and the founding of Studio Ghibli.

From there, visitors go to the Creating Worlds Gallery, a location that develops the fictional world of Miyazaki. The gallery will capture the contrast between beautiful, natural and peaceful environments and labor and technology-dominated industrial settings that are often depicted in Miyazaki’s films as well. Visitors can see concept sketches and backgrounds that provide insight into Miyazaki’s imagination, including an original portrait of his first Ghibli film. Fort in the sky (1986) and later artifacts from Ghibli facilities. Other areas explore Miyazaki’s fascination with intricate vertical structures, such as the famous bathhouse spirited Away, And the underwater world Ponyo (2008), as well as Miyazaki’s interest in flying, as seen Porso Rosso (1992) more Storm rises (2013). As a highlight of the exhibition, visitors can enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation at the Sky View installation, addressing another frequent motif in Miyazaki’s films: Willingness to slow down, reflect and dream.

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Next, the Transformation Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to explore the stunning metaphor experienced by both the characters and the settings in Miyazaki’s films. In howl’s Moving Castle (2004), for example, protagonists undergo physical changes that reflect their emotional states, while in other films, such as Newbie of the valley of the wind, He creates mysterious and imaginative ways to imagine the changes that humans apply to the natural world.

Visitors then enter the exhibition’s final gallery Magical Forest through their mother tree installation. Standing on the border between dream and reality, the vast, mysterious trees in many of Miyazaki’s films represent a connection or gateway to another world. After passing through the establishment, visitors encounter the spirits of the forest, such as the playful Kodama Princess MononokeThrough an array of storyboards and mixed media. Visitors exit another transitional corridor, which guides them back to the main museum.

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A detailed 256-page catalog, in which visitors will see that extensive display traversing will be available at the opening. The academy also plans to add film screenings of Miyazaki films presented in both Japanese and English editions to its new theatrical locations at the museum, as well as offering special merchandise at its stores.