Acclaimed Exhibition Closes Sunday, June 5
Los Angeles, Calif. – Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum’s acclaimed exhibition, will close on June 5, 2022. Marking the first museum retrospective in North America dedicated to the legendary filmmaker and his work, the exhibition has been on view since the museum’s opening on September 30, 2021.
Presented in the museum’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery on Level 4, the exhibition features approximately 300 objects from Miyazaki’s animated feature films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away (2001).
Thematically organized in seven sections, the exhibition is designed as a journey. Visitors travel through Miyazaki’s six-decade career via a dynamic presentation of original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and animation cels, as well as large-scale projections of film clips and immersive environments. June 5 is the last day visitors will be able to see many of these objects in person—a rare and exclusive opportunity as many have never been on view outside of Japan.
Highlights of the exhibition include the entry corridor where visitors follow 4-year-old Mei, a character from My Neighbor Totoro, into the Tree Tunnel gallery, a transitional space that leads into Miyazaki’s enchanted worlds; the Sky View installation, where visitors can enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation, addressing another frequent motif in Miyazaki’s films—the desire to reflect and dream; and the immersive Magical Forest with its Mother Tree installation. Standing at the threshold between dream and reality, colossal, mystical trees in many of Miyazaki’s films represent a connection or gateway to another world. In the forest, visitors will discover spirits appearing and disappearing and be able to read some of Miyazaki’s poetry.
Hayao Miyazaki was curated by the museum’s Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán, and organized in collaboration with Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded in 1985.
Exhibition closes Sunday, June 5.
The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
In celebration of the final months of the exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum is screening key films by the director. All will screen in the David Geffen Theater on English-subtitled 35mm prints, most newly-struck by the Academy Film Archive.
Upcoming screenings include:
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) | Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm
- Ponyo (2008) with discussion between Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán | Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm
The Academy Museum Store carries a wide selection of merchandise inspired by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, including the exhibition catalogue and other items exclusive to the Academy Museum.
Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app.
General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger, and for California residents with an EBT card is free.
Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), and $5 for students and children (age 17-). Matinees are $5 for all. Ticket prices for Academy Museum members are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students, children, and matinee-goers.
Image Credit: Mother Tree, Hayao Miyazaki, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/© Academy Museum Foundation
Exhibition Credit: Hayao Miyazaki is presented by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. It is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®. Major support comes from Arthur and Gwen Hiller, Jocelyn R. Katz, Company 3, and GKIDS. This exhibition is also supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Special thanks to the Japan Foundation for their partnership.
About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.
In March, the Academy Museum announced the first round of exhibition rotations, which are scheduled for the 2022–2023 season. These rotations further the museum’s mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through dynamic and diverse exhibitions. More information about these rotations can be found here.