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Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio

Jun 10, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
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Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio is a celebration and exploration of the inventiveness, passion and artistic cooperation that goes into making a cinematic vision come to life. Now streaming on Netflix, the movie Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was ten years in the making and conceived for international audiences of all ages. The film highlights the importance of nonconformity and the love and understanding passed between parents and children—and above all, showcases the incredible passion that del Toro, co-director Mark Gustafson, and their team bring to the art of stop-motion animation. With voice talents from Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and a soundtrack by Nick Cave and Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has been given extraordinary critical praise, with many already deeming it a “masterpiece.” This exhibition is coming to Portland from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where it is on view through April 15, 2023.

“The notion that anyone would not delight in this show seems impossible.”

Cameron Hawkey, Portland Mercury

Showcasing the collaborative art, craft and storytelling of the film, Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio immerses audiences in its world, featuring iconic creatures, set pieces, stop-motion animation technology, and fantastical visual and sound elements.  At more than 8,000 square feet, the exhibition will guide audiences through the creation and collective artistry of del Toro’s work. Featuring the inspirations and inventiveness of the artists that helped bring the story to life, Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio will celebrate how far imagination can push us into making our dreams a reality.

The Portland Art Museum’s presentation of Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio will expand on the richness of the local stop-motion animation community by giving visitors a look inside the artists’ process. The exhibition and programs will give special attention to the talent and creative collaboration of the local cinematic animation artists at ShadowMachine—a renowned stop-motion animation studio based here in Portland, Oregon, a city increasingly recognized as a creative hub of the artform.

Close-up photograph of the Pinocchio puppet wearing a cape and holding a rifle while leaping over a barricade.

In addition to the exhibition itself, PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow, the Museum’s film and new media arm, will enhance and deepen the experience of Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio with classes, programs, and a screening series celebrating the art of stop-motion animation. ShadowMachine co-founder Alex Bulkley was a 2021 honoree of PAM CUT’s Cinema Unbound Awards, which celebrate boundary-breaking multimedia storytellers working at the intersection of art and cinema.

Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio is organized by The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, former Curatorial Assistant, with Kyla Gordon, Research Assistant, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. The Portland Art Museum’s expanded presentation is curated by Amy Dotson, Curator of Film and New Media and Director of PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow.

Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio is generously supported by presenting sponsors Grace Serbu and Ivan Gold, with additional support provided by. Ryan and Mary Finley, The Clark Foundation, Cooper DuBois, Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Netflix, Dan Wieden* and Priscilla Bernard Wieden, The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club – The Park Family, and Exhibition Series Sponsors.

Photo of a display case filled with various puppets from the movie Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio.


Black and white illustration of Death creature from the movie Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Crafting Pinocchio kids guide (English/Spanish)
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Free digital guide

The notion that anyone would not delight in this show seems impossible. It outclasses all stop-motion rivals in artistic abundance and melancholic undertones.

Portland Mercury




Grace Serbu and Ivan Gold


Ryan and Mary Finley
Exhibition Series Sponsors
Manitou Fund


The Clark Foundation
Cooper DuBois
Zidell Family Foundation




The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club – The Park Family