Legendary filmmaker and visual effects master Ray Harryhausen is set to be honored by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with an exhibit that restores and displays the iconic stop-motion figures he created for the silver screen.
Set for May 23, 2020, the gallery will debut “Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema,” which will celebrate the f/x master’s life work, his creations, and his legacy.
The exhibit will offer exclusive glimpses into Harryhausen’s work with stop-motion effects and will include figures from Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans, One Million Years B.C., and Jason and the Argonauts. The exhibit is considered the largest display of Harryhausen’s work to have ever been presented.
The exhibit will also display his works from the small screen, including the art and models he created for children’s television and commercials.
The collection is on loan from the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, which was set up in 1986 to look after his extension collection of film artifacts and to further the art of stop-motion effects. The foundation is headed by his daughter Vanessa, who is also releasing a biography on her father and his life’s work in honor of the exhibit.
Harryhausen’s work and legacy in the effects industry spanned over five decades and influenced many modern filmmakers to hail his work as the foundation to their own cinematic creations. Admirers and aficionados of Harryhausen’s work include Tim Burton, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Sam Raimi, and Ray Bradbury, just to name a few.
Harryhausen once stated: “I’m very happy that so many young fans have told me that my films have changed their lives. That’s a great compliment. It means I did more than just make entertaining films. I actually touched people’s lives–and, I hope, changed them for the better.”
For more information, visit the official site of the Scottish National Gallery.