Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the design duo who created all the props that appear in the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald which stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Zoe Kravitz, have opened their exhibition dedicated to the movie in their studio in Soho, London. The gallery emulates the spirit of 1920s Paris and debuts over 50 new and original graphic art prints from the Warner Bros, The Londonist reports.
The duo has been involved with the Harry Potter series since the first film was first released in 2001. Their Soho studio comprises of four floors with artwork and designs from the Wizarding World, as well as other projects, like the illustrated books of children’s classics they are working on.
Their Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald exhibition features elements of the unique Grindelwald world, with MinaLima’s graphic designs for magical and non-magical 1920s Paris. According to Lonely Planet, there was a lot of historical research and experimentation with techniques in order to recreate the unique style of the period.
As part of the research process, Miraphora Mina explained that the design team had to travel to Paris to get a better understanding of the era they were portraying in the movie.
Prints on display in the new exhibition include the vividly-coloured artwork created for Le Cirque Arcanus (travelling wizard circus), the newly-designed insignia for the Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France (the French Ministry of Magic) and the Fantastic Beasts Special Release Poster created especially for Comic-Con International San Diego, an exclusive poster designed by MinaLima.
Along with the exhibition, MinaLima has also designed two new books, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay and The Archive of Magic: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Both books, as well as prints, are available for sale at House of MinaLima, 26 Greek Street, Soho, London, and on minalima.com. You can also purchase the books from other outlets.
MinaLima also has a pop-up gallery in a new independent bookstore in Paris – you’ll find their work on display at ICI Librairie, 25 Boulevard Poissonnière, Paris for a limited time.