PHOTOS: Guillermo del Toro exhibit at Mia will haunt your dreams


A life-size recreation of the Pale Man from Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” made specifically for the exhibition // Photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler

Beginning this weekend and running through May 28, visitors to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will have the opportunity to peek inside the mind of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro through the first-ever museum exhibition of del Toro’s personal collection of artifacts, movie props, comic books, art, and more.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters” takes visitors into a quasi-recreation of Bleak House, the suburban Los Angeles “imaginarium” that normally houses del Toro’s collection and where the filmmaker goes to write, draw, and dream up his otherworldly creations.

More than 500 objects are featured in the exhibit, including many from Mia’s permanent collection that del Toro personally selected. The exhibit touches on del Toro’s own upbringing and his literary and cinematic inspirations including Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Alfred Hitchcock. The collection contains movie props, recreations, and concept art from his films; comic books and original comic art; and more. Clips from del Toro’s movies and other digital displays, along with an original soundtrack by Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, set the mood for the exhibit, which is an exploration into the horrific, the macabre, the occult.

“Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters” runs Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, May 28, and del Toro himself will be at the museum on opening weekend for a sold out conversation with museum curators and a book signing. Tickets for the exhibit are $20 or $16 for My Mia members. You can purchase them here or by calling (612) 870-6323.


The eyes flanking the entrance to the exhibit blink and dart back and forth // Photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler

Artifacts inside the “Victoriana” room reference the Romanic, Victorian, and Edwardian ages // Photos by Kevin Kramer, The Growler


The Angel of Death from “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” is one of several movie props on display in the exhibit // Photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler

(Clockwise above) The Faun from “Pan’s Labyrinth,” a detail from The Faun statue, a life-size (and lifelike) statue of classic horror author H. P. Lovecraft, and a space suit from one of the “Pacific Rim” films // Photos Kevin Kramer, The Growler


Around 400 comic books and magazines from del Toro’s collection are on display ranging from the 1950s to 2016 // Photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler

Props and recreations from the “Hellboy” films and original comic book art by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola // Photos by Kevin Kramer, The Growler


Frankenstein’s monster, whom del Toro has had an affinity for since being treated as a outcast as a child, is featured in several places throughout the exhibit // Photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler

The Pale Man from “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and a statue of Edgar Allen Poe, another of del Toro’s inspirations // Photos Kevin Kramer, The Growler

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