The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is slated to open next year, will open with a temporary exhibit featuring the works of acclaimed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Kerry Brougher, the Museum’s director, said that this will be “the first major exhibition of his work presented in the United States.”
The Museum website describes Miyazaki and the exhibit as follows: “The Academy Museum’s opening temporary exhibition will be an unprecedented U.S. retrospective of famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, curated by Jessica Niebel in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Celebrated and admired around the world for his imagination, authorial vision, craftsmanship, and deeply humanistic values, Miyazaki continues to influence generations of filmmakers and film lovers.”
“The exhibition will take visitors on a thematic journey through his cinematic worlds using original production materials from Studio Ghibli‘s archives and features such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). The exhibition will present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments. A catalogue, film series, and public events will accompany the presentation, and unique Studio Ghibli merchandise will be sold at the Museum’s shop.”
The Museum announced its detailed plans for opening on Tuesday. The Miyazaki exhibit is planned to be followed in fall 2020 by an exhibit about Black cinema between 1900-1970. Other planned exhibits will focus on the history of the art and science behind film making. Films that will be highlighted include The Wizard of Oz(1939), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Casablanca (1942), Psycho (1960), and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Filmmakers that will be highlighted include the Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Oscar Micheaux, Sessue Hayakawa, and Beatriz Michelena.
The Museum will also delve into the 90-year history of the Oscars. It will be located on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles.
Sources: Academy Museum website, Deadline (David Robb)