Art Imitates Art

Popular entertainment is reimagined in pop-up art galleries

Much like fictional eateries from Gilmore Girls, Saved by the Bell, and Orange is the New Black are coming to life as pop-up restaurants, TV shows and movies are emerging from the screen as art exhibits, giving fans an immersive experience of the characters, costumes, and even behind-the-scenes creators they love.


Game of Thrones fans explored relics of the HBO series on display in London for four days only. The pop-up gallery featured officially sanctioned art from working artists as well as creations from people who work on the show, including storyboarder William Simpson and costume designer Michele Clapton. Pieces on display covered a variety of mediums such as paintings, mosaics, sketches, and jewelry. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, GoT’s Bran Stark, also chose 10 fan-submitted works of art from a contest on the HBO UK website. Though not available at the time of the exhibition, fans can soon imbibe Game of Thrones wine while watching the show.


Minalima, the graphic design company that brought J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to life on the big screen, opened The House of Minalima pop-up in NYC earlier this year, joining the list of Harry Potter-related franchises. The recent exhibit, open for the first 24 hours after Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered in London, imitated the 1920s era when the prequel takes place. Art displayed included graphic prints and a textbook from American wizarding school Ilvermorny, and designers Mira Mina and Eduardo Lima were available to sign their new book, The Case of Beasts.


The Belcher family was commemorated in an officially licensed Bob’s Burgers art exhibit on display at NYC’s Spoke Art gallery for three weeks. The endearingly comical cartoon cast of Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise were represented by more than 70 international artists in a variety of artistic mediums, including paintings, sculptures, and prints. A Bob’s Burgers gallery also had a limited run at a pop-up restaurant at Unit 120 in LA that accompanied the art with 10 days of daily burger specials, each imitating the unique puns that Bob is fond of serving at his fictional restaurant.