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The monsters are coming…

August 29th, 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House. Photo © Josh White/

Imagine coming home after a long day’s work: you put your bag down at the front door, hang up your jacket in the closet and crash-land on your couch. Sounds familiar, right? Well, now imagine that above your closet is a five-foot bust of Frankenstein’s monster, and beside the couch are life-size sculptures of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

This is the experience you’ll get in Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, opening at the AGO on September 30, an exhibition curated from the famous filmmaker’s personal collection of horror artifacts as well as pieces from the AGO’s own Collection. And good news: public tickets go on sale on September 15 online at, in person and by phone, starting at 10 am. And if you’re an AGO Member there’s even better news: you can buy your tickets now!

This fanatically detailed exhibition explores the creative mind of del Toro and his love of monsters of all kinds, with approximately 4,150 objects, including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes and film, all organized in eight thematic sections. This enormous number is made up of:

  • more than 450 items del Toro accumulated over many years, usually residing in Bleak House;
  • ninety-five items from the AGO, Toronto artists, collectors and industry colleagues of del Toro;
  • more than 1,600 comics on loan from local comic retailer The Beguiling; and
  • more than 2,000 rarely seen books from the AGO’s historic Grange House library.

You can also join us before the official opening of Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at a special book signing with del Toro himself. Stay tuned to the AGOinsider for more programming details, and in the meantime, join the conversation online using #GDTAGO.

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