Inspiration of Walt Disney. French decorative arts animation

Exhibition December 10, 2021 − March 6, 2022
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents the exhibition "The Inspiration of Walt Disney. Animation of French Decorative Art".

The exhibition includes more than 60 works of 18th-century European decorative arts and design and 150 works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, private collections and family archives.

Pink castles, talking sofas, and objects that come to life: what sounds like fantasies from the groundbreaking animation of Walt Disney Animation Studios was actually the fruit of the colorful parlors of Parisian rococo. The project explores Disney's fascination with European art, drawing parallels between works of art and magical cartoon creations. The exhibition features references to European visual culture in Disney's animated films, including references to Gothic Revival architecture in Cinderella (1950), medieval influences in Sleeping Beauty (1959), and Rococo objects brought to life in Beauty and the Beast (1991).

Prepared according to the materials of the website Metropolitan Museum of Art.