Academy of Motion Pictures debuts on Hayao Miyazaki exhibition


Studio Ghibli is one of the biggest names in animation, and its relentless reputation rests on director Hayao Miyazaki. The visionary has overseen a multitude of classics with the studio of My neighbor Totoro To Abducted as if by magic. Now, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is honoring the director with an exhibit, and fans have had their first glimpse of the event.

If you live in Los Angeles, this museum stop will be a must for you. This exhibition is organized in honor of Miyazaki’s greatest cinematographic works and begins with a gentle walk through the forest. Fans are put in Mei’s shoes My neighbor Totoro as a tunnel of magical trees welcomes them into the exhibition, and a series of abstract areas ensue, inspired by Studio Ghibli.

After all, the exhibition was created with Miyazaki’s 60-year career in mind. With over 400 pieces to note, each piece in this museum experience is curated with the fans in mind. Shraddha Aryal, vice president of exhibition design at the museum, said their team worked a lot with Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki to make this event one of a kind.

“From the start, about five years ago, the collaboration was a very complex process,” they explained. “We did a presentation on the three key things we wanted to focus on in his films. There was constant dialogue about what was working and what areas could be improved.”

For those lucky enough to visit this event, they will be transported to a world inspired by all things Ghibli, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Miyazaki works. Numerous pieces were loaned by the studio for this exhibition, and many of them have never been seen outside of Japan. All of this was done to recreate the studio’s unrivaled aesthetic, which curator Jessica Niebel said was the focus of the exhibit.

“It’s really important to create a certain experience for visitors,” they shared.

For those who wish to visit this exhibition, it opens to the public on September 30 and marks the very first North American gallery dedicated to Miyazaki. No end date has yet been communicated and the exhibit is included in regular admission to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

What do you think of this special Ghibli projector? Are you going to make the trip for this Miyazaki exhibition? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or contact me on Twitter @Megan PetersCB.


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