The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will welcome a brand-new exhibit themed around Studio Ghibli filmmaker and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki next year. Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel worked with Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán to organize the exhibit.
“Hayao Miyazaki has a singular ability to capture how we perceive life, with all its ambiguities and complexities,” said Niebel. “It has been a privilege to collaborate with Studio Ghibli in creating an exhibition that will appeal to the most avid Miyazaki fans and those not yet familiar with his work.”
The exhibit highlights Miyazaki’s career through the lens of the character Mei from “My Neighbor Totoro.” Guests will follow Mei on a journey through seven themed sections: Tree Tunnel, Creating Characters, Making Of, Creating Worlds, Sky View, Transformations and Magical Forest. Each of Miyazaki’s major works, like “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989) and “Spirited Away” (2001), will be featured through storyboards and mixed media.
“It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,” said Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki. “Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens the drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories to create characters, landscapes, and structures that are bursting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.”
In addition to the 300+ unique items featured in the exhibit, the Academy Museum will also screen various Studio Ghibli films by Miyazaki in both English and Japanese. Guests can also purchase exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise during their visit.
The new exhibit opens to the public on April 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. For more information, visit AcademyMuseum.com.