An exhibit chronicling the work of celebrated filmmaker and all around-creative Tim Burton is running at the MoMA New York through April 2010. has posted the first in a series of bi-weekly blog posts by the curators of the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA., with this first post describing the precise moment that the idea of a Tim Burton exhibit crossed the curator’s mind, as he viewed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory back in 2005.

With the second or third line of banter between Wonka and the children, I suddenly thought of Corpse Bride, Burton’s other 2005 feature, released only a few months before. I instantly made a comparison between Corpse’s Gothic qualities and the Psychedelic Pop Art of Charlie, and this triggered the realization:  “Tim Burton—we should be presenting Tim Burton at the Museum.” I’m told I actually said this out loud.

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