There are few things in this world we here at Nerdist love more than the teddy bear of horror himself, Guillermo del Toro. The helmer of some of our all-time favorite films, and a true auteur in every sense of the word, del Toro is not only a creator, he’s a collector of the odd and audacious—filling an entire house with his collection of historical and/or iconic figures, artifacts, and gegaws. So it made a lot of sense to find out that his own curation of the odd and oddly unsettling, Bleak House, was turned into a museum exhibit for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA for short). And, naturally, we were all too keen to get to the exhibit and take a walk inside the exploded mind of del Toro himself.
So we sent our own master of the macabre, Andrew Bowser (one half of our Bizarre States podcasting duo—alongside Jessica Chobot) to talk to the man himself about his inspiration, the thought process behind the collection, and why he regards monsters the same way some regard saints. It’s a fascinating interview you can watch above.
And if you’re in Los Angeles, make sure to check out the exhibit in person. Running August 1 – November 27, 2016, this ticketed exhibit (purchase them here) is free for LACMA members and features work from del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and many more—including props and artifacts from his myriad inspirations across film, television, comic booksm and more.
Of course if you can’t head down to the LACMA, we livestreamed the exhibit for you—and you can watch that, below!
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