The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)’s newest major exhibition, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters submerses you into the world-renowned filmmaker’s world of the fantastic and frightful.
The exhibit’s eight cinematic sections provided a rare glimpse into del Toro’s expansive and influential career, as well as his own personal cabinet of curiosities from his home, Bleak House. At Home with Monsters features over 4,000 objects, including 22 full-scale monsters sculptures and mannequins, as well as a wall mounted with comic books (1,094 to be exact). The exhibit opens on September 30, 2017 and runs until January 7, 2018.
At Home with Monsters ignores the traditional historical narratives often seen in art and museums – erasing any notion of high and low culture. The exhibit is a massive cabinet of curiosities itself, featuring everything from comic books to detailed oil paintings to del Toro’s own illustrations. Fans of del Toro’s cinematic career can see a similar theme this throughout his films as he reinvents and blends conventional genres.
“The reason I create monsters, the reason why I love them and the reason why I put so much effort is that I think that they speak to a very deep spiritual part of ourselves and the way we construct our place in the universe and in our lives” – Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is a must-see exhibit. It runs until January 7, 2018 at the AGO.