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question of the day: What filmmakers’ work belongs in art museums?

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City will be presenting a major retrospective on the artistry of Tim Burton, starting in November and running through April 2010. The show will feature:

Hundreds of Artworks Never Before Exhibited Illuminate the Creative Vision Behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd, Among Numerous Other Artistic Projects

It sounds very exciting:

The Museum of Modern Art will present a major exhibition exploring the full scale of renowned filmmaker Tim Burton’s career, both as a director and concept artist for live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer…. Tracing the current of Burton’s visual imagination—from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature work in film—the exhibition Tim Burton will bring together over 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, and includes an extensive film series spanning Burton’s 27-year career. The exhibition explores how Burton has taken inspiration from sources in pop culture and reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering him an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.

I think I’m gonna have to check this out.

Besides Burton, what other filmmakers have transcended cinema so that their work deserves to be shown alongside paintings and sculptures? What filmmakers’ work belongs in art museums?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)



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