“To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling,” says Guillermo del Toro. “This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life.”
Eerie, engrossing, compelling, frightening & hypnotic …
One can’t help but be automatically pulled into the mindscape of a creative force such as Guillermo del Toro.
AGO: This unique exhibition explores the creative mind behind one of the most inventive filmmakers of our generation revealing his influences, from the Medieval era to contemporary culture, and his particular obsession with horror, fantasy and the rich heritage of the Victorian era. At Home with Monsters is organized thematically, beginning with visions of childhood and innocence and the Victorian era; continuing through explorations of death and the afterlife, magic, occultism, alchemy, Frankenstein and horror, monsters; and concluding with a celebration of comics, movies and popular culture.
One deserved highlight is the immense presence of two high walls of over 1,500 pinned comic books, dedicating their influence to del Toro. Here you will find decades old classic from publishers such as Eerie, EC, DC & Marvel with titles like Swamp Thing, Monsters, Ghosts, Weird Mystery, Unexpected, The Spectre, Phantom Stranger to the “King” Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Mr. Miracle, Sandman & Kamandi.
Even more irresistible is the inclusion of original, beautiful comic book artwork from influential artists such as Berni Wrightson, Mike Mignola, and Richard Corben.