A Free Exhibit Celebrates ‘Spirited Away’ And Everything Studio Ghibli

A new pop-up exhibition running for just three days only celebrates the work and legacy of Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli. Titled Miyazaki in Los Angeles Art Show, the exhibit at LA’s Building Bridges Art Exchange opens this Friday, August 17, and runs through Sunday, August 19.

Curated by Spoke Art, the three-day show will be a tribute to the films of the Miyazaki canon like Spirited Away, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and more. In spite of its short run, the exhibit is long on artists — 100 artists from around the world are displayed pieces that are inspired by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

As mymodernmet.com reported, “Some of the homages are recreations of classic film posters or scenes while others take a more conceptual path and focus on a single idea or character.”

It’s also the second time that Spoke Art, a gallery based in New York and LA, has created an homage to the Japanese filmmaker. An exhibit in San Francisco last year, the Miyazaki Art Show, featured illustrations, watercolors, sculptures, and more that depicted some of Miyazaki’s main themes: an abiding respect for nature and strong female characters.

This comes not long after the news that there will be a Studio Ghibli theme park coming in 2022 to the Japanese city of Nagakute. The plans for the park look like a complete, lush fantasyland, with a town square to replicate the village from Princess Mononoke and a Totoro-themed Dondoko Forest.

For more information about the LA exhibit, visit the Facebook page here.

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