September 28, 2020

By JESSICA LANTHIER

Kitchener residents will be the first to view an exhibit that will surely be out of this world.

Avatar: The Exhibition will be hitting Kitchener’s THEMUSEUM on Oct. 11 and will be on display until Jan. 13, 2013. The city’s downtown museum will be the first destination to kick off the exhibition’s North American tour.

The exhibit gives fans of Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time, a chance to learn about every step that went into making the enchanting world of Pandora. The display will include authentic props and costumes, interactive displays, concept models and sketches. It will explain the creation and development of every part of Avatar, including how it became a blockbuster hit and how the innovative technology has changed filmmaking.

“The exhibition will be a unique opportunity for people to learn more, not only about how the film was made, but also experience Pandora in a much deeper way,” said director James Cameron in the Avatar: The Exhibition press release.

“Fans will be able to see in-person, the workmanship behind the film, whether it’s how scenes are captured, or how a Na’vi costume was built, first as a real world garment then produced digitally.”

David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM, thinks the exhibit is a testament to how culture and creative collaboration can have an impact on filmmaking. He is also proud of Kitchener for being the exhibition’s first stop on the hugely anticipated tour.

“It speaks volumes of how far THEMUSEUM has come. That this world-class exhibition will come to Kitchener as its first North American tour spot is just amazing,” Marskell said in the press release.

Janelle Wakarchuk, a 21-year-old old English student at Wilfrid Laurier University and an avid Avatar fan, was pleasantly surprised to hear that the exhibition was premiering at THEMUSEUM.

“I loved the movie and the cartoon so I’ll definitely be coming to check out the exhibit,” Wakarchuk said.

Since opening in theatres in 2009, Avatar has continued to break records in the movie-making world. Overall, its box office gross totals more than $2.8 billion.