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Guillermo del Toro:
Crafting Pinocchio

December 11, 2022 — April 15, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio, an exhibition devoted to the craft and process behind the celebrated filmmaker’s first stop-motion animation film. The exhibition will provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind del Toro’s latest film, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) with a gallery presentations. In addition, MoMA will screen Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio from December 22 through 29; present a complete retrospective of del Toro’s films in December 2022 and January 2023; and host a Carte Blanche series curated by the director in 2023, in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

The presentation in the second-floor Paul J. Sachs Galleries will include five full working sets and four large set pieces, alongside puppets and marionettes, maquettes, sculptural molds, drawings, development materials, time-lapse and motion-test videos, and props from the film. In the Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center gallery space, visitors will experience a newly commissioned, immersive video series that explores themes frequently seen in del Toro’s films; a comprehensive selection of studio-issued and alternative art posters; and a specially created, site-specific soundscape. The exhibition will demonstrate how teams of professionals in a remarkable range of mediums worked collaboratively in Portland, Oregon, and Guadalajara, Mexico, to create the film.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, with Kyla Gordon, Research Assistant, Department of Film.

The exhibition is made possible by CHANEL

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston. 

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Guillermo del Toro on the set of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, 2022. Image courtesy Jason Schmidt/Netflix