The cinema’s special effects industry and its evolution over the course of history constitute the core of the exhibition “The Art of Deception”, which opened its doors to the public on 20 May 2009 at Barcelona’s Palau Robert with the support of CAM (Caja Mediterráneo). The exhibition will be open to the public until 30 August 2009. Just like the cinema, visitors shall be warned that “some viewers may find the content disturbing” and may not be suitable for those under 13 years of age.
The Palau Robert exhibition seeks to bring the magic of the cinema, “the art” concealed behind photograms, within the reach of visitors. In the first part of the exhibition, visitors can behold the work carried out by the great masters of non-digital special effects at various stages in the history of cinema. Featured are names such as Willis O’Brien and King Kong (1933); Ray Harryhausen and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Stan Winston and The Terminator (1984), as well as small-scale reproductions of the characters.
The second part reveals the craftsmanship facet of this discipline, based on the stop-motion technique, that is to say, a frame-by-frame animation technique. Finally, a third section outlines the work undertaken by David Martí and Montse Ribé and their team at DDT Efectos Especiales. Specialised in prosthetic make-up and design, the studio has gained international recognition having garnered Oscar and Goya awards, among others. Some thirty pieces shall be on display, including figures and monsters from various films, prosthetic make-up and animatronics, as well as short videos illustrating the production process. Also to be exhibited are characters from the Guillermo del Toro film Pan’s Labyrinth, including the Pale Man and the head and torso of the faun.
Palau Robert: Passeig de Gràcia, 107 08008 Barcelona
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