Art Ludique, a young Paris museum devoted to highlighting the work of artists in the entertainment industry, launched a world premiere exhibition celebrating the work of Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations last weekend. A devoted fromage enthusiast, Wallace would undoubtedly approve.
From March 21 to August 30, Aardman: Art That Takes Shape will showcase the work and history of the Bristol, England-based animation studio that has been in business for over forty years. The exhibition features more than 50 clay characters and stop motion sets including Gromit’s well tended vegetable garden (prominently featured in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), Rocky’s Flying Machine from Chicken Run, and the pirate galleon—which stands over 15 feet high and weighs 770 pounds—from The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
More than 350 concept drawings, character and background studies, watercolors and storyboards—including never-before-seen student sketches of Wallace and Gromit by their creator Nick Park—will also be on on display.