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LACMA opening Tim Burton exhibit Sunday

May 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hollywood will go highbrow Sunday when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens its newest exhibit: Tim Burton, a retrospective.

Even if you didn't know the name of the artist, the artistic vision of Burton is unmistakable. From his drawings and costumes for "Edward Scissorhands" to the pieces created for the exhibition, like a carousel of creatures that spins endlessly to eerie music.

This Los Angeles stop is another in a world-wide tour, which opened in New York two years ago. Burton said seeing the exhibit was like looking in to his closet.

Burton's art will be displayed in three phases of his life from his hometown of Burbank.

"In many ways I think Burbank is a touchstone for him, perhaps originally as some place to escape from but it's still also the setting for many of his movies and ideas," said LACMA curator Britt Salvesen. "

In a statement, Burton wrote that growing up in Burbank, there wasn't much of a museum culture. He had never visited a museum until he was a teenager, unless you count the Hollywood Wax Museum.

The vision in Burton's movies, like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" were inspired by monster movies, TV and playing in the local cemetery.

Burton went to California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and took a turn working for Disney before going his own way.

Now his work has come home to the county's museum.

The exhibit is open through October.

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