Tim Burton on the candy-striped carpet

Tim Burton at the opening of Tim Burton: The Exhibition

Burt-mania kicked off in Melbourne on Wednesday with the opening of our new exhibition exploring the life and art of Tim Burton. As spotlights shone into a typically freezing Melbourne night, an array of enthused guests headed down the red carpet and into ACMI to pay homage to this unique creative genius. 

Crowds gather outside ACMI for Tim Burton: The Exhibition

The crowds gather outside ACMI

 As guests rolled up for the show, entertainment was provided by various circus escapees and the scene was set for the strange and fantastic imaginings of Tim Burton to be unveiled.   

Fire twirling

Who needs a bike when you have legs?

It was a particularly hazardous day on the job for the local paparazzi…   

The baby tentacle monster spies a meal

…but with guests this photogenic, the shutterbugs were prepared to take their chances:   

Adam Elliot & friend, Isobel Knowles & friend

Adam Elliot and friend, Isabel Peppard and friend

Film critic, Margaret Pomeranz

Local boy done good, Eric Bana

ACMI Board President John Thwaites

ACMI Board President John Thwaites

Actor and comedian Magda Szubanski and friend

Actor and comedian Magda Szubanski and friend

Curators Jenny He, Ron Magliozzi and Rajendra Roy and Director Glenn Lowry of MoMA

Tim takes time out on the red carpet to meet Strawberry Siren and Brian the Rabbit

Once inside, guests mingled and heard speeches from Master of Ceremonies John Thwaites, Arts Minister Peter Batchelor, Director of ACMI Tony Sweeney, and of course the ever-humble and ever-loveable Mr Tim Burton.

Tim Burton gets his point across

Tim Burton and Director of ACMI Tony Sweeney engage the audience

Tim Burton and Director of ACMI Tony Sweeney engage the audience

Guests aglow in the jaws of Tim Burton: The Exhibition

Guests aglow in the jaws of Tim Burton: The Exhibition

Burton packs 'em in

Burton packs 'em in

Animator Isabel Peppard very much at home at the Burton opening

A big thank you to everyone who attended this enchanting evening, the MoMA team for their original conception of the exhibition, our staff for translating it to ACMI and, of course, the wonderful and fascinating Tim Burton. For those who missed it we live ‘tweeted’ the night. Here are some of the pictures:   

   

The exhibition is now open to the public, seven days a week (and late on Thursdays with the fabulous Burton Club), so come on down!

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