The London Barbican Art Gallery Presents 150 Years of Animation

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artwork: Ralph Bakshi - "Heavy Traffic', 1973 - Film still. © BFI National Archive. Courtesy the Barbican Centre, where it is on view in "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show" until September 11th.


London.- The Barbican Centre is proud to present “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show”, on view until September 11th. “Watch Me Move” is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted to present the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years. It brings together industry pioneers, independent film-makers and contemporary artists including Étienne-Jules Marey, Harry Smith, Jan Švankmajer, William Kentridge and Nathalie Djurberg alongside the creative output of commercial studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar. Presenting animation as a highly influential force in the development of global visual culture, “Watch Me Move” explores the relationship between animation and film and offers a timely insight into the genre as a cultural phenomenon. Cutting across generations and cultures, the show features over 170 works, from iconic clips to lesser-known masterpieces. Taking the viewer behind the dream-world of the finished film, it includes puppets, stage sets, storyboard drawings, wire-frame visualisations, cel and background images.