Tour: Tim Burton exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
3 to 4:30 p.m.

In January 2010, Michel Arcand from IN8 Design was invited by Barr Gilmore (Barr Gilmore Art + Design, Toronto) to collaborate on The Museum of Modern Art's travelling exhibition Tim Burton, for Toronto’s new TIFF Bell Lightbox. The exhibition, curated by Ron Magliozzi and Jenny He, was MoMA's third most profitable show in their history only behind Picasso and Matisse.

The exhibition consists of over 700 pieces of ephemera, costumes, drawings, paintings, maquettes and commissioned sculptures. After closing MoMA and before arriving at TIFF, it travelled to ACMI in Melbourne, Australia.

The show was on the boards for approximately seven months and was built in less than two months.

Some of the specific “interior design” challenges were:

  1. Dealing with a very unique collection belonging to Tim Burton, MoMA, Walt Disney’s studio and other private collectors.
  2. Accommodating typical museum “rituals” such as deliveries, acclimatization, uncrating and “conditions reports”.
  3. Detailing a temporary environment in a busy public venue.
  4. Laying out the exhibition with as many of the original pieces as possible in a space approximately 1,000 sq. ft. smaller than MoMA’s total space.
  5. Changing the curatorial nature of the show because of its layout—less thematic, more chronological.
  6. Designing, while the gallery itself was under construction.
  7. Addressing building code issues.
  8. Working with a shop and its crew in lieu of more conventional contractors.
  9. Addressing last minute changes from Tim Burton’s studio, MoMA and Disney.


Barr Gilmore (RCA) has been operating as a graphic designer and artist under his company name Barr Gilmore Art + Design since 2005. He graduated with a BFA from UBC, Vancouver (1987); was the Studio Assistant to General Idea (1991-95) and Senior Design Associate at Bruce Mau Design (1996-2005). He is currently in the final year of his Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design at OCADU, Toronto. Last summer he interned at lost but found—Scottish artist Douglas Gordon's new Berlin studio. His masters thesis is entitled Designing Self Centredness not in egotistical sense, but a more self-knowledge, centred individualism.


Michel is a principal of IN8 Design. He and his partner, Don Parker, each bring more than 25 years of experience, mostly in the corporate sector, but also in residential, hospitality and exhibition design. They received numerous awards for the projects they worked on, both individually and collectively. The collaborative work with Barr Gilmore Art + Design, Toronto started in 2005 with their well known Blue Line room at the Gladstone Hotel, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. The successful joint venture continued to work together by designing both the inaugural Essential Cinema/Guy Maddin and the current Tim Burton exhibitions. They will also collaborate on the next Fellini exhibition at the new TIFF Bell Lightbox.


TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square
350 King Street West (NW corner of King St. and John St.)
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3X5

Click HERE for a map of location..

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Registered members:$40
Intern/student members: $30

2:45 p.m.
3 to 4:30 p.m.
1 hour of self-directed learning or 1 ARIDO CEU


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