The largest and widest-ranging Ray Harryhausen exhibition EVER is coming in 2020
The work of the late great Ray Harryhausen is adored by millions of movie lovers around the world. His imagination transformed the motion picture industry with movies like The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and IT Came From Beneath The Sea and changed the Hollywood landscape forever with instant classics like 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans.
Many of the greatest moviemakers in cinematic history cite Ray’s work as the source of their inspiration and attribute their admiration of him as the source for their many accomplishments. And it’s not just filmmakers. Film fans of all ages share a deep-seated love for Ray’s work, and it is their tireless devotion that keeps his work in the public forum. In fact, the appetite for Ray’s work is stronger now that it ever has been, and fans are prepared to queue around the block just for the chance of immersing themselves in the wonders of his imagination.
Thankfully, The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation is on hand to answer the call. The foundation, which Ray helped set up in 1986 was established to look after his extensive collection, protect his name and to further the art of model stop-motion animation. To that end, in 2020 the Foundation will be hosting the largest and widest-ranging Ray Harryhausen exhibition EVER in celebration of his centenary.
The Foundation archive consists of a treasure trove of material from Ray’s life, ranging from storyboards, paintings and scripts, through to original models, film equipment and plaster moulds. Much of this material has never been seen before, and as such the Foundation is aiming to present Ray’s work in a manner through it has never been exhibited in the past where possible. As well as providing such an influence on future filmmakers, they wish to showcase the artistry and genius of Ray’s creations, emphasising his unique talent.
This incredible event will take place at the National Galleries of Scotland in the summer of 2020. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will host the celebration of Ray’s life and creations to mark the centenary of this legendary filmmaker and artist from May and the exhibition will run until October. Tickets are expected to go on sale from June 29th, 2019.
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This is exciting news. Harryhausen fans have been yearning for the ultimate exhibition of Ray’s work and the Foundation is on hand to answer our prayers in 2020. The celebration of what would have been Ray’s 100th Birthday is going to be a landmark event and for the small price of admission, we can all take part and celebrate it with the people who knew him best. And that is something truly special.
For more details on this event and the legacy of the great man himself, head over to the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation website.
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