Tim Burton
HYUNDAI Card Culture Project 09
Dec. 12. 2012 - Apr. 14. 2013
SeMA - Seoul Museum of Art
Tracing Burton's visual imagination from his earliest drawings and sketches through his mature work in film and photographs, the exhibition brings together over 860 works.

Through a global partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Tim Burton exhibition opens in Seoul as the only Asian destination, and the final stop of its tour debuted at the MoMA in 2009.

Hyundai Card Culture Project: Tim Burton is dedicated to the world-renown film director, Tim Burton who has produced and directed “Batman” (1989), "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), and many more. The exceptional collection of about 860 works range from Burton’s early drawings, sketches, photographs, maquettes of film characters, and drafted presentation of unrealized projects.  

Tim Burton is an American film director and artist. His imaginary and sensuous world is expressed through the unique and eerie characters reflecting on the critical points of view for society.

Exhibition Content 

  • Section 1: Surviving Burbank
For Tim Burton, the playground and the festivals in his neighborhood were all the important inspiration sources for his drawings. Featured are Burton's amateur short films that he made in high school from his personal collection.
  • Section 2: Beautifying Burbank
This room presents Burton's witty and compelling creations from his time with Cal Art and Walt Disney such as his 1984 film "Frankenweenie" and Cal Arts Sketchbook Collection." 
  • Section 3: Beyond Burbank
The final section contains Burton's most famous pieces from 1985 to the present day. Drawings such as "The Melancholy Death of the Oyster Boy and Other Stories" (1988) and "Blue Girl with Wine" (1997) accompany his famous films such as " (1988), "Batman" (1989), and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993).

Key Works


  • Dates
    • Dec. 12. 2012 - Apr. 14. 2013  
    • Closed on Every Monday 
  • Location
    • Seoul Museum of Art (2-3F)
  • Hours
    • 10:00 - 20:00 (
    • Close at 19:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
    • Last ticket purchase and entry an hour before closing 
  • Organizer
    • GNC Media
  • Hosts
    • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Hyundai Card
  • Docents
    • 11:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00 on Weekdays (4 sessions a day) 
    • Unavailable on Weekends and National Holidays
    • When the gallery is too crowded, the docent tour is subject to cancellation 
    • 02-325-1077(8)
    • gnc@gncmedia.com