Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

Back in September Jaime and I got the chance to visit LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to check out the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibit. I love Guillermo del Toro work and this exhibit sounded so amazing that I had to visit.

Since we were planning a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween Horror Nights, we figured out how to get first to LACMA and then head to USH. We made it a day of horror!!

In case you didn't hear or know what At Home with Monsters was all about, here's a little blurb from the official LACMA site:

Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation. Beginning with Cronos (1993) and continuing through The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015), among many other film, television, and book projects, del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists, and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture, and art-historical sources—del Toro recreates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally, with a cherished home base he calls “Bleak House” in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, the exhibition is organized thematically, beginning with visions of death and the afterlife; continuing through explorations of magic, occultism, horror, and monsters; and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.

Let me tell you guys, this was an experience. I love his films and  I am such a huge fan of horror and monster / creature films. Getting to see the items / props from his work was a real treat. Getting to see items from his personal collection was icing on the cake!! One of the items I fell in love with was The Queen Tooth Fairy. A piece inspired by Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I want my own.

The exhibit was timed and I think I picked a 11am entry. We took Megabus down from San Francisco to LA, doing a overnight trip and getting in at 6am. We then took the subway to get as close as we could to the museum and found a place to have some breakfast. We made our way to the museum and look around a bit until it was finally time to go in. We spent the entire day in there. They turned a room into a maze and there were so many wonderful items to see. There were so many beautiful creatures to look at. There were props from his films and my goodness to see them up close was just something else. It was totally worth the trip to get there.

After that we got some dinner at the food trucks that were parked outside and made our way to HHN. As always I took too many photos of everything and I need to share them. I narrowed them down and the rest are behind a cut for your viewing pleasure.

Did you end up visiting LACMA? What was your thoughts on the exhibit?

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