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‘The Club of the Curious’ and striking workshops complement the exhibition ‘Tim Burton Territory’ by Irene Mala

Last Friday, May 12, the Benalmádena Exhibition Center expanded its artistic and cultural offer with Tim Burton Territory by the Sevillian illustrator Irene Mala, an exhibition curated by Antonio Sánchez, which was attended by the artist herself who took a guided tour of her exhibition. The exhibition arrives in Benalmádena loaded with complementary activities aimed at all audiences, which will take place until next June.

Through 60 works, the visitor can delve into the world of cinema and explore the territory of the North American filmmaker Tim Burton. With her unmistakable illustrative style, the Sevillian goes through such well-known films as ‘Batman’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Ed Wood’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Alice in Wonderland”, “Corpse Bride”, “Sleepy Hollow” or “Mars Attacks!”, among others, giving shape to dark or gloomy scenes and characters, in some cases, and colorful and joyful, in others, as in Burton’s own filmography, connecting fantasy with childish naivety.

Irene Mala has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Seville, her hometown, and has illustrated publications such as Camarón. The joy and the sorrow (Reservoir Books Editorial, 2020) or The Tim Burton Universe (Lunwerg Editions, 2020), among others, in addition to children’s stories. She has created covers for different publications and has illustrated posters for campaigns, fairs and book fairs. Since 2008 she has exhibited in galleries and shows throughout Andalusia, Madrid and Barcelona and even in Los Angeles.

Parallel activities

The exhibition will feature numerous activities aimed at all audiences with a common denominator: being a fan of Tim Burton’s art and cinema. Several Saturdays in May and June the philosophical and artistic workshop will be offered To Play with Art. Tim Burton’s World, for children and not so children, between 8 and 99 years old. It will be carried out by the specialist in the philosophical gaze of art María José Coronado and the artist Laura Brinkmann.

On June 9, a cinema forum on Tim Burton will be held, in which his short film will be screened Frankenweenie produced in 1984, to later be spectators and participants in the live recording of the podcast of The Curious Club, focused on this occasion on the production of this great filmmaker.

Within the program of activities, due to the success of the reception of the previous edition, the English-speaking community is once again offered the creative writing workshop in English, carried out by the specialists Janet Floyer and Amy Young.

Spring dedicated to women

With Territorio Tim Burton, the spring program of the Benalmádena Exhibition Center is completed, which on this occasion has focused on giving space to women artists. Thus, in March the exhibition of photographs by the international artist Lekha Singh was inaugurated The Women Who Carry the World, in April, in one of the rooms was dedicated to the works of the local artist Elena Pino with Wanderings and minks from Benalmádena, and on May 12, almost 60 illustrations by the Sevillian artist Irene Mala, inspired by the films of filmmaker Tim Burton, were presented.

This last exhibition can be visited at the Exhibition Center until July 23, in which the exhibition The Women Who Carry the World by the American photographer Lekha Singh is also open to the public.

  • Visiting hours are as follows: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Free entrance.


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