TIFF Celebrates David Cronenberg with New Exhibition

Cronenberg filming A Dangerous Method. Photo courtesy of eOne Films
It's been a big week for David Cronenberg. He and his son Brandon are the first father/son duo to have films screening at the Cannes Film Festival at the same time. Brandon's Antiviral opened to positive notices earlier this week, while Cosmopolis doesn't screen until towards the end of the festival (and it opens in Canadian theatres on June 8). In the meantime, though, comes a very good announcement for Mr. Cronenberg (senior) courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival, which plans to celebrate the director's body of work through a major exhibition:

Days away from the hotly anticipated world premiere of David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, announced today that TIFF will mount a major exhibition related to the Canadian director, screenwriter and actor. The Cronenberg exhibition, set to launch in Fall 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, is co-curated by Handling and Cowan and will be accompanied by several additional elements, including a newly commissioned augmented reality game and a dedicated film programme. This marks the first time TIFF has curated an original exhibition of this magnitude, which will be packaged to tour beginning Summer 2014.

“David Cronenberg is one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers. He also represents Canadian cinema at its very best. This exhibition underscores our commitment to Canadian film and its legacy, through our 20-year history of working with David to preserve his papers and objects in a special archive, and our efforts to restore and make available his film catalogue,” said Handling. Added Cowan: “This is a major milestone for our organization and we can’t wait to present our exhibition to film lovers at TIFF Bell Lightbox next fall and to make it available to leading cultural institutions worldwide.”

Through the presentation of artifacts, props, documentation and audio-visual interviews, as well as reconstructed set-pieces from Cronenberg’s films, the exhibition parallels his growth as a filmmaker with his ongoing examination and interpretation of human evolutionary possibilities, tracing his work from a focus on biological change towards examinations of shifting psychological states. A parallel art project based on the same themes will be announced at a later date.

TIFF will also create an online experience with a multi-platform augmented reality game, The Worlds of David Cronenberg, that will complement and enrich the exhibition using a combination of social media technologies. A dedicated film programme with newly struck
35mm prints and new digital versions of select films will accompany the exhibition.

Additional information on the exhibition, including the title, augmented reality game, film programme, touring destinations and additional initiatives tied to the exhibition, will be available over the coming months.