Take everything you know about a haunted mansion and multiply by 10 and you may come close to what famed director Guillermo del Toro’s “Bleak House” looks like.
LACMA announced that the exhibition “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters” will be on display at the museum from July 31—November 27 with more than 500 items taken from the house located in L.A and 60 from LACMA’s permanent collection.
Del Toro confirmed the official announcement of the exhibition via his Twitter account over the weekend:
It's official now. Here it is! https://t.co/xicFbYHhTj pic.twitter.com/GnbBBk1Tcc
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 8, 2016
“Bleak House” is where the magic happens for the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and -most recently- Crimson Peak and, as Del Toro puts it, the place of “reason and madness.”
Here’s a peek into his collection.
via criterioncollection / YouTube
A walk through the house is like traveling through the mind of the master of horror and fantasy where you’ll see life-size figures of Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein’s monster, and various figures from his movies.
The collection will feature paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art and it’ll be organized thematically versus chronologically or by film. It’ll start off with visions of death and the afterlife eventually leading to magic, occultism, horror, monsters (natch), and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.
“It’s everything I accumulated in my head as a young man, and it’s been coming out, slowly,” he told the NY Times.
Half his paychecks go toward the collection which started in his youth in Guadalajara, Mexico because he loved monsters the same way people love puppies.
Judging by the photos, his love of the creepy and grotesque will probably make you cringe as much as a puppy will make you smile.
We can’t wait.