For filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, every day is spent with his favourite monsters, ghosts and creepy creatures in Bleak House, the home that hosts the art and books that form the bulk of Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. For the rest of us, there’s no better time than Halloween to inject a little horror into our own homes. Get into the spooky spirit with a visit to shopAGO, or the satellite gift shop near the exit of Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters (a.k.a. the perfect Halloween activity for art lovers).
The At Home with Monsters gift shop boasts books, homewares and games inspired by del Toro’s fascination with monsters, the afterlife and all things supernatural. Here are some of the bestsellers:
Take your coffee or tea with a side of (s)cream with one of shopAGO’s many monster mugs from ceramic artist Tom Suh of Cool as Clay ($48) – pictured above.
There’s no better way to remember your monstrous Gallery experience than with this definitive volume that accompanies the exhibition, focusing on del Toro’s creative process. The book is filled with imagery from the exhibition–including favourite pieces of art del Toro has chosen, along with pertinent pages from his own journals–delving further into the director’s creative mind through exclusive in-depth interviews and commentary from notable figures in the art world. ($39.99)
Start your own del Toro-inspired library with lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated editions of works from two of his favourite authors; including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ($24) and Classics Reimagined, and Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems ($28).
Show your devotion to del Toro’s favourite monster – Frankenstein’s monster – with these creepily kitschy Frankenskull Bottle Stoppers ($18), a Frankenstein Coffin Backpack ($90) and even Frank’s Screw Box ($15).
Make sure to buy your tickets now (or reserve your free spot if you’re an AGO Member) to Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters and stop by the gift shop to celebrate the spookiest season of the year – no better time to bring a few monsters home with you.
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