View of LACMA’s Guillermo Del Toro exhibition, including life size figure from Pan’s Labyrinth. Photos by Joe Linton
It is not directly related to
Providence, but there is plenty of H.P. Lovecraft and even a bit of Alan Moore at the L.A. County Museum of Art’s Guillermo Del Toro on display now through November 27. At Home With Monsters exhibition
show travels to the Minneapolis Institute of Art next year February 26 through May 21, 2017 and then to the Art Gallery of Ontario from September 30, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
Guillermo Del Toro is, of course, the director of numerous fantastic and horrific films. He is also big fan of both H.P. Lovecraft and of comics.
The exhibition displays visual art, sculpture, films, props, comics and other objects, primarily from Del Toro’s personal collection. This is topped off by some similarly-themed artwork from the museum’s collections.
I did not expect to see any Alan Moore, but, among a lot of original comics art, there are two framed
From Hell pages, but Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.
From Hell pages on display at Del Toro show at LACMA
Detail panel from From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Fascinating to see the use of white-out to cover and to bring up highlights
Panel from From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Other original comics art on display includes
Richard Corben, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Rick Geary, Moebius, Winsor McCay, Mike Mignola, Gahan Wilson, and Jim Woodring.
Mike Mignola drawing depicting Guillermo Del Toro, Mignola, and Hellboy
Drawing by Robert Crumb
Lovecraft is represented by a life-sized realistic sculpture, the work of
‘I Am Providence’ life-sized statue of H.P. Lovecraft by Thomas Kuebler
detail view of Lovecraft sculpture
There are also several Lovecraft busts, a painted portrait and even some preliminary sculpture renderings for Del Toro’s proposed adaptation of Lovecraft’s
At the Mountains of Madness.
Various H.P. Lovecraft sculptures from Del Toro’s collection
Painting of H.P. Lovecraft by Michael Deas
There are several of Del Toro’s notebooks on display. These are reminiscent of a Commonplace Book, and include Del Toro’s own sketches.
Drawing of “Un minero del Arkham” by Guillermo Del Toro
There is plenty more to see, from
Lord Dunsany, to Edgar Allen Poe, to horror artists H. R. Geiger and Zdzisław Beksiński. Plus lots more life-sized horror sculptures.
1924 edition of Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter
More life-sized sculptures: Thomas Kuebler’s Edgar Allen Poe, and by Mike Hill: Jack Pierce (Universal’s chief make-up artist) with actor Boris Karloff, and Ray Harryhausen
If you find yourself anywhere near Los Angeles, Minneapolis, or Ontario, make plans to check out this exhibition likely to appeal to readers of
Props from Hellboy movies