Categories: Life & Arts

The World of Tim Burton starts haunting KL


THE World of Tim Burton has finally made its way to Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (KL), from March 21 to July 23.

The pop-up exhibition is organised by Toybox Projects Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Tim Burton Productions Inc, as well as in partnership with Eurasian Entertainment Consultants Ltd (EEC) and KOL Nation, together with Onecare Wellness as the main sponsor.

It features the works of Tim Burton from his childhood days to his current status as a renowned filmmaker.

Visitors can now explore his personal archive with over 500 works spanning his entire career, including drawings, paintings, photos, sketches, films and sculptures highlighting his signature themes and characters.

The exhibition has 10 thematic sections exhibiting various art forms, including a replica of Tim Burton’s personal work studio.

It also aims to raise awareness of Malaysia’s tourism attractions through entertainment, as well as attracting more foreign tourists in 2023.

Since opening in 2009, The World of Tim Burton has toured around the globe and has reached shores in China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Mexico, Belgium and Prague.

This year, Malaysia has been selected as the only destination in South-East Asia for this exhibition.

According to Toybox president and CEO Yuri Aizawa, the country has been selected for this exhibition because Malaysians love dark and horror films.

“And the reason is of course, he’s (Burton) not just one of the leading movie directors and artists, but Malaysia is also one of the countries that likes horror and fantasy.

“I want to feature Malaysian arts and create an entertainment team market to be stronger, to make all the good contents come in,” she said in a press conference.

Toybox is known for bringing in Japanese entertainment such as that country’s music and anime, but for the company’s 10th anniversary, they decided to step up their game and bring in the works of a globally-celebrated figure.

According to Tim Burton Productions’ Collection and Exhibition manager Brandi Pomfret, the reason why they chose KL was because of Malaysia’s strong culture and big international population.

“At one point we had been considering Singapore, but it didn’t feel quite right. And when Yuri (Aizawa)  approached us she brought up KL, which hadn’t really occurred to us much before.

“And as we started doing a kind of investigation into the city, we realised what a strong culture it has, a big international population, plus people who just loved his work and understood it and cared for things that he (Burton) does,” she explained.

Fans of Tim Burton will enjoy  a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the art of films via an exclusive virtual masterclass titled “Tim Burton’s Masterclass” on April 14.

Burton himself will host the masterclass, where he will share his story on the art of films, his unique creative processes and the road to becoming a prominent household name in the entertainment and film industry.

Visit for tickets to The World of Tim Burton priced at RM88 for adults, RM68 for children and senior citizens, and RM48 for the disabled. 

Visitors can choose a season pass at RM498 or the VIP Bundle at RM1,500, the latter includes a season pass, access to the virtual Tim Burton’s Masterclass, The Art of Tim Burton book and signed merchandise.

Dayang Norazhar

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