A Disney Art Exhibit in LA? A Disney Art Exhibit in LA?

A Disney Art Exhibit in LA?


While it looks like animation fans in the United States definitely won’t be getting the “Once Upon a Time Walt Disney” exhibition that was in Paris last year and is currently displaying in Montreal, there is some exciting news to report. Colin Stewart, a columnist for the OC Register, did some research about the potential of a US exhibit and shares his findings at his Arts of Innovation blog.

Speaking to Lella Smith, director of the Walt Disney Co.’s Animation Research Library, Stewart found out that fifteen other museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), attempted to the get the exhibition, and because of that enthusiasm, there’s a “good possibility” of a similar show. In fact, the curator of the current exhibit, Bruno Girveau, is headed to LA in April to discuss the possibility of a show with LACMA. (Apparently, the reason that they can’t just bring this exhibit to the US is that the fine art pieces by Albrecht Durer, William Blake and Gustave Moreau were lent by the Louvre on condition that they only be displayed in two locations, a precautionary measure designed to limit possible damage to the pieces.)

  • While the fine art pieces add an important dimension to the current exhibit, there is a wealth of inspirational material from the Imagineering library and enough Disney art to create a spectacular exhibit.

  • This is wonderful news, I’ve been hoping the exhibit would come to L.A.! Big thanks to you and Jerry for all of your great art and animation coverage. I’m a big fan of the Brew, check it every day. New format looks great.

  • Surely there are American museums who would have suitable Durers, Blakes etc to augment the collection if the Louvre pieces aren’t allowed to travel?

    My publisher is right across the road from LACMA. If it makes it there I WILL come.

  • I saw the exhibit in Paris, It was really great!