The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is getting ready to open its doors to the public on April 30, 2021. It was recently revealed that its inaugural exhibition will honor the anime titan, Hayao Miyazaki. The exhibition will be a temporary one featuring more than 300 pieces and is curated by Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán in collaboration Studio Ghibli. The pieces will include things like original storyboards, layouts, character art, posters, and so much more. Plus, there will be “large-scale projections of film clips and immersive environments.” Toshio Suzuki from Studio Ghibli released the following statement:
It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens the drawers in his head to pull out 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 entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.
Bill Kramer, the museum’s director, added:
We could not be more excited to launch our new institution with the most comprehensive presentation of Hayao Miyazaki’s work to date. Honoring the masterful career of this international artist is a fitting way to open our doors, signifying the global scope of the Academy Museum.
According to /Film, the museum will be organized thusly in 7 sections:
The exhibition will be thematically organized into seven sections, including a Tree Tunnel gallery mimicking the otherworldly journey of My Neighbor Totoro; a Creating Characters gallery, which features a multi-screen installation of Miyazaki’s main protagonists as well as artworks never seen outside of Japan; a Making Of gallery, which delves into Miyazaki’s long-term collaboration with the late Isao Takahata and exploration of his early works on TV and film; a Creating Worlds gallery, which “evokes Miyazaki’s fantastical worlds” in films like Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away; the Sky View installation, addressing the dream-like motifs of Miyazaki’s films; the Transformations gallery, which shows some of Miyazaki’s most astonishing transformations, both physical and environmental; and finally, the Magical Forest, which features storyboards and mixed media of Princess Mononoke.
In addition to the 300+ pieces, fans will be able to enjoy a 256-page catalogue as well as film screenings in both English and Japanese in the museum’s theaters. Will you be visiting LA in April?