Disney just announced that a Disney-themed exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City!
The Met has never hosted a Disney exhibit, so this is set to be the first EVER in the iconic art museum! The exhibit will showcase a unique perspective on Walt Disney’s animation and sources of inspiration for his work.
Coming this December 10, 2021, the Met will host an exhibit called “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.“
The exhibit will be focused on the influence of European art and architecture on Disney’s art and films, including such classics as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Each film has different European inspiration, with Gothic architecture for Cinderella, medieval art and buildings on Sleeping Beauty, and Rococo-inspired decorations and furniture in Beauty and the Beast.
In the Cinderella part of the exhibit, female artists who came to Disney Studios and heavily influenced the style of the films of that period will be featured, including Bianca Majolie and Mary Blair. The Beauty and the Beast‘s 30th anniversary is next year, and the exhibit is featuring this as a large part of the story of Walt’s fascination with European art. The gorgeous ballroom scene, Rococo-style ornaments brought to life, and the song “Be Our Guest” will all be a part of this section.
Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the iconic Disney castles found in the theme parks. This section will look at how the Imagineers took inspiration from French and German architecture, not only for the castles themselves but for the theme parks in general!
With 150 pieces of production artwork from the Disney Studios displayed with 40 pieces of art from 18th-century European artists and designers, this exhibit should be an amazing look into Walt Disney and where his visionary ideas came from. It’s at the Met in New York City from December 10, 2021 to March 6, 2022!
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