The Los Angeles Film Museum Chooses Studio Ghibli for its Debut


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At the end of 2019, the first national museum of cinema (created by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars each year) will open in Los Angeles. And for its inauguration, The Academy Museum of Motion Picture plans to showcase the work of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki in a huge retrospective.

For this event (‘the first major exhibition’ of Miyazaki’s work in the USA, the Academy says), the institution chose to take a thematic route. Visitors will discover the work of the master and his studio, Studio Ghibli, through films projected in the museum’s cinema, such as My Neighbour Totoro, and numerous archive documents including storyboards and over 200 original drawings. There will also be an immersive installation entitled Transcending Boundaries, created by teamLab, which will allow visitors to discover other Japanese artists whose work continues the heritage of Miyazaki.

The museum’s cinema, in a building which has been totally restructured by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is accompanied by a second, sphere-shaped building, and houses a permanent collection of iconic objects from the world of cinema. Visitors can see the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and the typewriter Alfred Hitchcock used to write Psycho in 1959.

Academy Museum of Motion Picture