Burton Mania!

31 Mar

A few weeks ago I found myself going to the 13th, an area I don’t get the opportunity to visit much as it’s on the opposite side to where I live, but obligations had to be met & off I set on the RER to this new part of town. When my meetings were over, I crossed the bridge to Bercy Village for a quick dose of window-shopping then headed towards the Parc de Bercy where my husband and little one were to join me.

Although it was a glorious day and the park inviting, I went, instead, to the Cinémathèque Française for the much talked about Tim Burton retrospective.

We were a little dubious at first, worried that his genius yet dark universe would be too scary for our little one but as Mr. Burton said so himself, (according to a very friendly museum staff) children are encouraged to see his work and if they don’t like it, they should just turn away. So off we went. We were the only couple there with a kid but we didn’t feel out of place, as there was a very child friendly atmosphere. We took the lift to the 5th floor and there we were met with the unmistakeable world of masterpieces like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!, Beetlejuice, Sweeney Todd and The Nightmare before Christmas.

Although best known for his highly original and quirky films, this retrospective also shows Tim Burton’s other hidden talents. He is, first and foremost, an artist. Over 700 of his works including paintings, sculptures, illustrations, photographs and poems are exhibited for all to see.

A fantastic glow in the dark merry-go-round invited us in and led us to the main room in which his numerous illustrations were divided into four categories: Children, men, women and couples.

Then came the movies with sketches of the main characters, costumes, sculptures, script plans and projections. The exhibition closed on more illustrations done on napkins and there must have been hundreds of them!

Needless to say there were a few things on show that my daughter wasn’t too sure about but the majority of the exhibition was well received with loud cries of PRETTY when she spotted a red sequined dress from Sleepy Hollow, giant baby statues and a huge blow up character at the exit of the museum.

We then headed out into the park where there was a beautiful wooden carousel that our little one HAD to go on and where we enjoyed a lovely picnic under the fabulous warmth of the sun.


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