“Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition”, an exhibition project that focused on the director Miyazaki Hayao, will be held at “Academy Museum of Motion Pictures” that scheduling the grand opening on Apr. 30, 2021 (May.1, 2021 in Japan) at Los Angeles, CA, USA. This exhibition celebrates the grand opening of the museum, and also the first exhibition, which focused on the director Miyazaki Hayao’s works up to this day.
“Academy Museum of Motion Pictures” is the museum opened ran by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who holds “Academy Awards”, in 2021.
The grand opening commemoration exhibition “Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition” will be held together under the cooperation of “Studio Ghibli”, while the chief curator of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Jessica Niebel, and the assistant curator J Raul Guzman will be in charge of the curation. It will be held at Marilyn and Jeffery Katzenberg Gallery in the museum.
As the first exhibition in the U.S. to focus on Miyazaki Hayao, the exhibition will display the original imageboards, characters designs, a fundamental drawing process, layout, a background design, a poster, a cell, and other items of the movies, including “My Neighbor Totoro” (Released in 1988) and the Academy Award-winning movie “Spirited Away” (Released in 2001).
In the exhibition with the gigantic movie projector that displays film clips, it reviews the career of the director Miyazaki Hayao, who leads the industry for more than half a century.
Suzuki Toshio, the President and the Producer of Studio Ghibli
I am very honored to have an opportunity to open the Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition to celebrate the grand opening of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The unique ability of Miyazaki is that he can remember things just by looking at it.
He has created multiple unique characters, backgrounds, and buildings, by extracting his memory out of a memory shelf inside his head.
This exhibition is about to show all of Miyazaki’s works. I would like to thank all people who have helped and supported this exhibition.
Bill Kramer, the Director of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
It is my great pleasure to have an opportunity to start our new institution, “Academy Museum of Motion Pictures”, together with the exhibition that covered everything of Miyazaki Hayao. He is the international legend, and it is a great opening for our museum by celebrating his outstanding career and this exhibition also shows international connection of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Jessica Niebel, the Curator of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The director Miyazaki Hayao has outstanding abilities to understand how we think about vague, complex life.
I am honored to open this exhibition both for the director Miyazaki’s fans and the visitors who will know about him for the first time, under the cooperation of “Studio Ghibli”.
♦”Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition” Information
1. Tree Tunnel
The exhibition begins with “Tree Tunnel”, that a 4-year girl from “My Neighbor Totoro” called Mei went through.
2. Creating Character
The videos of the protagonists from Miyazaki’s works are displayed in multiple screens when a step is taken from “Tree Tunnel” to “Creating Character”.
This corner not only displays the basic character designs of the movies, including “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989), and “Princess Mononoke” (1997), it also shows how the characters from both released and non-released works have been created.
This section mainly introduces the first few movies, including the ones produced over the long time together with deceased produced Takahata Isao, the co-CEO of Studio Ghibli.
This section exhibits the TV anime series “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”, which the director Takahata Isao participated as an animator, and his first directed movie “Lupin the Third: The Castle of Caliostro”.
The special tribute of “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” (1984), expresses how this movie was important to start Miyazaki Hayao’s career and Studio Ghibli.
4. Creating World
“Creating World” reminds of the fantastical world created by the director Miyazaki Hayao and expresses the contrast between the peaceful nature and industrial side of the world, where labor and technology hold power. The original image board of “Castle in the Sky” (1986) and the artworks of the movies released after it are displayed to show the power of imagination by the director Miyazaki Hayao through concept sketches and background drawings.
5. Sky View Installation
A relaxing time is provided at this Sky View Installation, a theme that is often provided as a motif of “Spending relaxing time”, “want to take a break”, “need time to think”, or “wants to dream for a bit”.
This exhibition focuses complex vertical structure of Miyazaki Hayao’s art settings found in the movies focused on “flying”, including a hotel in “Spirited Away”, the underwater world in “Ponyo” (2008), “Porco Rosso” (1992), and “Wind Rises” (2013).
A speedy changes in the characters and story can be felt in this exhibition. For example, in “Haul’s Moving Castle” (2004), the protagonist and other casts experience physical changes together with complex feelings. In “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, unique methods are taken to express the effects on nature that human activities can have.
7. Magical Forest
A gigantic, mystical tree leads us to another world as the connector between dream and real world.
In this final gallery of the exhibition, it will mainly displays the designs and drawings related to nature, including “Kodama”, the spirit of forest from “Princess Mononoke”.
The route from “Magical Forest” leads us back to the museum from inspiring exhibition.
♦”Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition” Goods and Movie Projection Information
Catalog to enjoy the world of the director Miyazaki Hayao is available with illustrations of a total of 256 pages. The production documents of first few TV workss and a total of 11 movies are contained as well.
This catalog is published from Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Delmonico Books. The introduction is written by the Studio Ghibli Director and Producer Suzuki Toshio, and essays are written by the Pete Doctor, the CEO of Pixar Animation Studio, the movie critic Daniel Cotenshulte, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Curator Jessical Niebel. Filmography also comes with the catalog.
Moreover, the Ghibli movies are shown in the movie theater inside Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and the unique goods related to Studio Ghibli are sold in the museum store.
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