From June to October 2019, Guillermo Del Toro’s exhibition ‘At Home With Monsters’ can be visited at Museo de las Artes in the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. The stunning show is a visual journey across the Mexican filmmaker’s own collection of horror and science fiction film memorabilia.
Here’s all you need to know about this exhibition and what you will find there. If you’re traveling to Guadalajara during this season, don’t miss out on this experience!
What is it?
‘At Home With Monsters’ is a curated selection of Del Toro’s own private collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other artifacts related to horror, fantasy and science fiction films. Across the years, the director has been collecting these items in his house in the San Fernando Valley.
In 2016, many of these objects were put together for the first version of ‘At Home With Monsters’, which opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It was so successful, that it went on to travel to other parts of the United States and Canada. In 2018, it was announced that it would finally reach Del Toro’s hometown of Guadalajara, Jalisco.
As the name suggests, the exhibition is a journey through many familiar and unfamiliar movie monsters and entities, including some of the strange and fascinating creatures spawned by the imagination of the Mexican filmmaker. Besides the sculptures, you can also find several paintings, drawings, sketches, outfits, maquettes, and even personal notebooks where Del Toro first put down his ideas for some of these characters and the stories in which they appear.
It is divided into three axes: Del Toro as a collectionist, as an artist and a selection of works that inspire him, from Mexican muralists to H.P. Lovecraft. There are eight different rooms, each with a specific theme. There is a room in which Edgar Allan Poe presides over a rainy scene. In another one, you can dive into his fascination for magic and the occult. In almost all of them, you will spot some of the characters and props from his own films, like Hellboy, Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and The Shape of Water. The whole exhibition is musicalized by film scorer Gustavo Santaolalla, which gives it just the right touch. The Guadalajara version of the exhibition is a special one, because it shows twice the amount of objects than the previous one so, if you get the chance to visit, don’t sleep on it!
Where and how to get tickets
The exhibition is being shown at Museo de las Artes in the University of Guadalajara, in the city’s downtown area. The museum is three blocks away from Parque Revolucion and the Juarez train station.
The tickets are $180 pesos (about $9 USD) at the museum and $200 pesos (about $10 USD) via Ticketmaster.
Guillermo Del Toro has confirmed that the Guadalajara exhibition of ‘At Home With Monsters’ will be the last one ever, after which all objects will return to his Bleak House in California. So, if you’re traveling around the area, we highly recommend that you check it out!
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