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The AGO is getting a huge Guillermo del Toro exhibit

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DH Toronto Staff Aug 31, 2017 4:42 am 1,013

Horror movie fans will be excited to know that an upcoming exhibit at the AGO is all about monsters. And the awesome kind.

The AGO is hosting an epic exhibit offering a glimpse into the world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is an exhibit that explores his creative mind through personal collections of art, artefacts, books, props, and ephemera, all culled from Bleak House, del Toro’s creative haven located in Los Angeles.

“To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling,” said Guillermo del Toro in an AGO statement. “This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life. It’s a devotional sampling of the enormous love that is required to create, maintain, and love monsters in our lives.”

Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House. Photo Josh White/ JWPictures.com

According to the art gallery, At Home with Monsters will be organized thematically, beginning with visions of childhood and innocence and the Victorian era that so deeply inspires del Toro; 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.

“Guillermo del Toro believes that we need monsters,” says Jim Shedden, co-curator and the AGO’s Manager of Publishing. “To him, the imperfections of monsters are found in all of us, whether we see them or not. At the same time, despite his empathy for the tragic monster, del Toro is fascinated with truly terrifying and invulnerable monsters. By witnessing his incredible creative process, we can make unexpected connections among different genres and narratives, high art and pop culture, and blur boundaries between fantasy and reality.”

And in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, the AGO has announced a book signing by the legendary artist himself. The signing takes place on September 27 at the AGO.

At Home with Monsters

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
When: September 30 to January 7

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