Aardman Animations, creator of much-loved characters, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, is the subject of a new exhibition in Frankfurt’s Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum).
The Art of Aardman is the company’s first major exhibition in Germany and has been designed to provide families with an entertaining intergenerational experience.
“Aardman are not only Oscar®-winning crowd pullers, but also international pioneers of modern storytelling and have been responsible for a renaissance of the traditional stop motion process in the digital age, ” reports Claudia Dillmann, Director of the Deutsches Filmmuseum.
The exhibition, originally created by Art Ludique Le Musée in Paris, features many of Aardman’s most iconic creations including Wallace’s cracking contraptions and Gromit’s vegetable garden.
Visitors are able to see sets from Shaun the Sheep the Movie and the flying machine from Chicken Run in all their minutely-observed detail.
Over 120 concept drawings, character and background studies, watercolours, and storyboards are also on display along with numerous screens showing extracts from the studio’s most famous films as well as over 30 shorts and a host of advertisements featuring Aardman characters.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK), is run by co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton. A world leader in animation, its characters attract millions of loyal fans around the globe. With the recent opening of Shaun the Sheep Land at Skånes Djurpark in Sweden, the company continues to grow its presence in the arena of location-based entertainment.
The Art of Aardman runs for 5 months until 30th October.
Images of Aardman characters kind courtesy Aardman Animations. Image of Daniel and Gromit kind courtesy Deutsches Filmmuseum/Sophie Schüler.