Hit: Tim Burton exhibition

A massive <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000767" title="Tim Burton" href="/topic/entertainment/tim-burton-PECLB000767.topic">Tim Burton</a> retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art proved a hit with fans and museum-goers. The director of such films as "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011482" title="Ed Wood (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/ed-wood-%28movie%29-ENMV0011482.topic">"Ed Wood"</a> and "Alice in Wonderland" displayed his macabre <a href="http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/05/31/tim-burton-welcomed-in-l-a-by-hundreds-of-fans-and-one-savage-review/#/0">artwork and movie props</a> in the exhibition, which drew tens of thousands of people, despite a separate ticket price on top of regular admission to LACMA and  a <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/art-review-tim-burton-at-the-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art.html">savage review</a> from The Times art critic, who called the show "a monotonous plod." The show's popularity wasn't surprising; during its time at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000195" title="Museum of Modern Art" href="/topic/arts-culture/art/museum-of-modern-art-PLCUL000195.topic">Museum of Modern Art</a> in New York, where the exhibition <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/11/tim-burton-helps-kick-off-retrospective-at-moma.html">debuted in 2009</a>, it became one of the highest-attended shows in MoMA history. Plus, <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/30/entertainment/la-et-tim-burton-interview-20110530">Burton's special connection</a> to Los Angeles (he spent his childhood in Burbank) was an extra draw for the local art crowd.

( Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times )

A massive Tim Burton retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art proved a hit with fans and museum-goers. The director of such films as "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "Ed Wood" and "Alice in Wonderland" displayed his macabre artwork and movie props in the exhibition, which drew tens of thousands of people, despite a separate ticket price on top of regular admission to LACMA and a savage review from The Times art critic, who called the show "a monotonous plod." The show's popularity wasn't surprising; during its time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where the exhibition debuted in 2009, it became one of the highest-attended shows in MoMA history. Plus, Burton's special connection to Los Angeles (he spent his childhood in Burbank) was an extra draw for the local art crowd.

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