AT HOME WITH MONSTERS
Making an exhibition of himself
released OUT NOW! 151 pages | Hardback Editors Britt salvesen, Jim shedden, Matthew Welch Publisher Titan Books
Not many people have their collections dignified by exhibition in a museum – curators haven’t been lining up to loan our Doctor Who Weetabix cards. But it’s a little different when you’re Guillermo del Toro, whose collection’s so vast much of it’s now housed in a building dubbed Bleak House.
Now a collaboration between museums in LA, Ontario and Minneapolis has imported del Toro’s gothic gewgaws into the academy, setting them alongside the sort of art that’s fired his imagination. This slim companion volume features contextualising essays on collecting and ideas of the monstrous; a thoughtful interview on his philosophy of cinema; and a gallery that juxtaposes, say, Blade 2 concept art with an 18th century etching.
At times you can’t help feeling we’re taking, say, a fiftysomething fanboy’s Frankenstein figurines a little too seriously. And are we looking at key works that inspired him, or just ones that happened to belong to the museums involved? All but the most completist fans can stick with Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities (2013), which covers much the same ground. Ian Berriman
Are we looking at key works?
Coming soon (due 21 Oct): Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, a tenth anniversary making of book featuring removable items.
The hallway of Bleak House.
1778 etching “Enrag’d Monster”.