Much anticipated museum at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to open to the public on April 30, 2021. The museum was under construction and had already been delayed due to the pandemic. But this will become the first North American museum retrospective dedicated to the acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and his work.The Academy museum had organized his work in collaboration with Japan’s fabled Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded in 1985.
Academy’s curator Jessica Niebel and assistant curator J. Raul Guzman will also offer the film screenings of the Miyazaki films in English and Japanese in the museum’s state-of-the-art theaters. Niebel said, “Hayao Miyazaki has a singular ability to capture how we perceive life, with all its ambiguities and complexities. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Studio Ghibli in creating an exhibition that will appeal to the most avid Miyazaki fans and those not yet familiar with his work.”
Toshio Suzuki the co-founder of the Ghibli studio said, , “It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens the drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories to create characters, landscapes, and structures that are bursting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.”