Time: Open daily 11am-8pm (except Wed until 6pm and Sat 10am-8pm)
Thu until 10pm

Special Family Viewing
Early morning family viewing of Watch Me Move, every Saturday from 10am

Please be advised that certain films in this exhibition contain scenes of an adult nature. Parental guiance is advised.

@ Barbican Centre

Silk Street, The City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: Standard £10 online/£12 on the door
Concessions £7 online/£8 on the door
Secondary school (groups of ten or more) £6
12-17s yrs £6 online/£7 on the door
Under 12s free


Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, 15 June 2011 – 11 September 2011

In 1911, American cartoonist and animator, Winsor McCay prefaced his short film Little Nemo with the invitation to ‘WATCH ME MOVE’, introducing a cast of colourful characters in a playful promenade. A century later, animation is one of the most popular and prevalent of visual art forms, its creative, narrative and technical potential taken to levels probably unimaginable in McCay’s day.

WATCH ME MOVE is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted to present the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years. Bringing together industry pioneers, independent film-makers and artists, the exhibition will feature iconic clips alongside lesser-known masterpieces which together demonstrate the full intellectual and emotive power of the medium. Taking the viewer behind the dream-world of the finished film, the exhibition also includes puppets, stage sets, background paintings, wire-frame visualisations, cel and background images. Large-scale installations will bring the world of animation into the physical space of the viewer.

Artists, film-makers and studios whose work is represented include: Aardman, Walt Disney, Studio Ghibli, Fleischer Studios, Eadward Muybridge, Lumière Brothers, Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Francis Alys, William Kentridge, Christian Boltanski and Kara Walker.

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