Mexico’s “Creepiest” Director Gets His Own Exhibit At LACMA
Fans of oddities and horror are no doubt more than familiar with the works of Guillermo Del Toro. For the last few decades, the Guadalajara-born director (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and most recently, “Crimson Peak”) has delighted movie goers around the globe with his fantastic imagination. So it should come as no surprise that the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) is honoring Del Toro’s vision with his very own “At Home With The Monsters” exhibit. If you’re a fan and you’re in the Los Angeles area, you have through November 27 to check out the exhibition, but if you can’t make it, have no fear, mitú is here to give you a taste of what you’re missing.
LACMA is a huge place. Thankfully, the museum figured out a way to keep fans from getting lost.
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Upon entering, the first thing visitors see is a large statue of the Angel Of Death from “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.”
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This is easily the creepiest angel since Criss Angel.
The second statue you’ll see is everyone’s favorite faun from “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
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Don’t let the dagger scare you off. He’s cool for a photo op.
There are several interesting pieces of art near the entrance, but this photo of a young Del Toro explains a lot.
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A face only a mother could love.
The Pale Man — probably one of the scariest monsters in the entire exhibit — was also one of the crowd’s favorites.
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Talk to the hand.
One of the parasites from “Pacific Rim” was just chillin’ in a glass case.
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I hope someone has some industrial strength Raid.
The exhibit doesn’t just stick to Guillermo’s art. Work from artists who have influenced Del Toro are also prominently displayed, like the “Birth Machine Baby” from H.R. Giger.
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You might not recognize the name, but Giger is the artistic-lunatic behind “Alien.”
There were also less obvious influences, like famed Disney artist Eyvind Earle.
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This art from “Sleeping Beauty” is one of the many Earle pieces on display. Pictures do not do his work justice.
Stephen Gammell’s work in the “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” was proudly displayed.
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This was in a children’s book?
These amazing glimpses of hell were created by Flemish printmaker Pieter van der Heyden.
…love the pulling of history into the context of the exhibition… "Big Fish Eat Little Fish" by Peter Van Der Heyden. 1557… truly great, I mean what is going here?? ? Dali what….#lacma #fairytale #fairytales #villians #museumhopping #arteverywhere #pietervanderheyden #laartgalleries #guillermodeltoro #monsters #dayslikethese #thefear #thejoy #museumrow #wilshiredistrict #artinthesummer #art #amazingtalent #amazingartexhibition #greatdirector #amazingart #fineart #artmuseum #brillaint #filmandart #artandfilm #fineart #la #laart #laartscene
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Seems like a well-adjusted artist.
Fans are given a behind the scenes look at Boris Karloff, who played the monster in “Frankenstein.”
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Other statues include this one of Edgar Allen Poe.
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And this one of H.P. Lovecraft.
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The creator of Cthulhu seems like he’s a good mood.
The delightful Schlitze warmed everyone’s hearts with his amazing smile.
Part of the collection from Guillermo del Toro exhibition. #guillermodeltoro #panslabyrinth #lacma #lacmamuseum #lastory #laweekly #discoverla #nikon_photography #monsters #horrorfan #evil #bloody #darkness #horrorfanatic #darkart #panslabyrinth #nikondslr #nikond7200photography #athomewithmonsters #lacma
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There’s even a wing devoted to Mexican wrestling, including this amazing piece of history: the actor’s card belonging to legendary luchador El Santo.
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The entire exhibit is an amazing experience. If you’re a fan of Del Toro or any of the art featured above, do yourself a favor and get down to the LACMA before this exhibit ends. If you can’t make it, Instagram is a great place to see all the odds and ends available at the museum.