The Pixar exhibit that was originally displayed in 2005-2006 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has been touring the world. Now, the extraordinary exhibit is coming back to the United States, specifically to the Oakland Museum of California. With its trek back to the country, it has also undergone a name change. Originally known as “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation”, the exhibit is now more appropriately titled “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation”.
There will be more than 500 pieces of art on display, including drawings, sculptures, and paintings. The exhibit has also been updated to include works from the most recent Pixar films, including Up and Toy Story 3. While Pixar is known for their computer animated films, the creative filmmaking process involves the creation of many pieces of artwork. The artists work behind the scenes and their work can be found in “The Art of…” books that accompany each film’s release. Now, you have the chance to experience their gorgeous creations in person!
In my personal collection, I have the “Pixar At The Museum of Modern Art” book that was released alongside the 2005 Pixar exhibition, and I proudly display it next to the many Pixar art books that I own. The Oakland Museum of California similarly has a “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” book and it is available exclusively at the OMCA Store.
The exhibit is set to run from July 31 of this year to January 9, 2011. It is sure to be wildly popular, so if you are not already a member of the museum, it may be a good idea to purchase a membership in order to enjoy members-only viewing hours, which is every Saturday morning from 9-11 AM starting July 31 and lasting through October 30. An even better reason to spring for a membership? You can meet Pixar artists, who will be giving talks once a month during members-exclusive hours about the development of the films.
As a huge Pixar fan, my humble opinion is that this exhibition is a very exciting event and a must-see! Sadly, I will not be able to make it to the exhibit since I live in New York City, but if you can make it to California, I guarantee you will be amazed at the beautiful pieces of work on display. You can read the entire press release for the exhibition here.
UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale here.