First ever Art of Aardman exhibition opens in Paris

rom 21 March until 30 August 2015, Wallace and Gromit, the fowl of Chicken Run, Pirates or Shaun the Sheep, will be the stars of the exhibition Aardman, Art that takes shape, the new exhibition of Art Ludique-Le Musée. Press Release – Art Ludique-Le Musée – 13 January 2015

Created by the Art Ludique-Le Musée team in close collaboration with Aardman, this exhibition, a worldwide premiere, is dedicated to the Art of Aardman will present over 30 authentic film sets, true masterpieces of sculpture lit by the artists themselves.

From Wallace’s cracking contraptions, passing through Gromit’s famous vegetable garden, to the sets of Shaun the Sheep The Movie, the flying machine from Chicken Run or the fabulous 5 metre tall Pirates’ galleon, these spectacular artworks will pay a veritable homage to the artistic genius of the sculptors that animate the clay creatures image by image.

Over 400 concept drawings, character and background studies, watercolours, and storyboards will complete this exceptional exhibition, where one can even discover Nick Park’s sketchbook as a student, containing the first drawings of Wallace and Gromit, never before seen by the public. The exhibition will display numerous screens, allowing visitors to discover as a family the incredible creativity of the studio, through extracts of its most famous films, but also with more than 60 short and feature films, hilarious advertisements or magical video clips.

After the exhibitions “Pixar, 25 years of animation”, “The Art of Marvel Super Heroes”, ranking in the top 15 most visited exhibitions in France in 2014, and with “Studio Ghibli Layouts Designs” which is currently enjoying a huge success, the exhibition “Aardman, Art takes shape” will naturally fit into the program of the first museum in the world dedicated to figurative and narrative contemporary art issued from the entertainment industry: Art Ludique!

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