I finally visited the “At Home with Monsters” exhibit by Guillermo del Toro at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The exhibit has been running for about a month now — having started March 5 — and it goes until the end of May.
More information and tickets can be found here: https://new.artsmia.org/del-toro/
Walking down the long corridor that leads to the entrance, you begin the experience at the gate, which stands tall adorned with numerous blinking eyes staring down at you.
Stepping through the entrance, you’ll quickly find how extraordinary the exhibit is.
‘At Home with Monsters’
From start to finish, the famed filmmaker’s belongings take you through his inspirations and creative processes, which were cultivated during his childhood years in Guadalajara, Mexico, and enhanced throughout his rise to fame as a director and writer.
Among del Toro’s famous works are Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Crimson Peaks (2015). Creatures, movie props and snippets from these films were featured in the exhibit, and in some cases, very realistically.
Walking through the exhibit, you wander into different rooms that have a central theme, some focusing on del Toro’s childhood, while others look deeper into the magic, pop culture and horror influences.
Like del Toro’s home, numerous paintings, sketches and concept works were hung on the deep red walls, while life-sized monsters from del Toro’s movies stood tall amidst those passing by.
This played into one of the most impressive aspects of the exhibit, which was how immersed one becomes when walking from room to room.
At the beginning of each room, you’re able to first gain insight into del Toro’s relationship with the theme, before being exposed to what his keen imagination created.
The level of detail in each of his pieces is truly incredible, making you almost believe that these ghouls were real. (At some points, I expected the Pale Man to grab somebody.)
The life-sized replicas were so intimately crafted, it was difficult to pry myself away from some pieces in particular, like the giant Frankenstein head, to allow others to have a better view. But, you have to keep moving to get a glimpse into another part of del Toro’s world.
I went with a few others on a Saturday afternoon when many, many others decided to cycle through. It was crowded, naturally, but not so much that you didn’t have room to enjoy the exhibit.
And if I’m being honest, I’m thinking about going again.