Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World Exhibit

Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World Exhibit

A new celebration of the most well known animation character in history will be displayed at The Walt Disney Family Museum May 16, 2019- January 6, 2020. It is called Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World. The exhibition will tell the chronicles of Mickey’s influence over the last 9 decades. It will also tell the story of his origin and rise to fame, while showcasing the parallel of Walt Disney’s inspiring story.

Andreas Deja, legendary animator, along with Michael Labrie will display  over 400 objects, including incredibly rare and never-before-seen original sketches, concept artwork, character model sheets, vintage photographs, nostalgic merchandise, and a plethora of Mickey’s animated short films. The exhibition is a testimony to Mickey’s influence at Disney parks worldwide.

While visitors will come to see the exhibition, they also have the opportunity to see many interpretations of our beloved mouse. Mickey shined for the pop artists of the 1950s and 60s. He personified culture during that time. His image was not only reproduced on merchandise, but he simply was the spirit of American entertainment. Prominent artists will be included in the exhibition. This includes Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Gottfriend Helnwein, Tennessee Loveless, Eric Robinson, Lorelay Bove, and Sirron Norris. Each demonstrates how Mickey Mouse resonates with new audiences and generations.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall in conjunction with the museum’s 10th Anniversary. It will run from May 16, 2019 to January 6, 2020.

The museum is also pleased to offer in May two talks that celebrate Mickey Mouse. Guest Curator Andreas Deja will showcase the process of creating such a comprehensive exhibition during an exclusive members only event. The second talk will features on of the voices of Mickey, Bret Iwan.

The Members only event for Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 1-2pm and 4-5pm with Guest Curator Andreas Deja.

The Voicing an Icon: Mickey Talks with Bret Iwan is Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11am-12:30pm and 3-4:30pm.

The dates to purchase tickets will be announced on Friday, February 1, 2019. If you are interested in becoming a member of the museum to take advantage of the Member Only Preview Day (May 15), click here to learn how to join!

Photo copyright The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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