Mickey exhibit opens in NYC

The True Original Exhibition charts the character’s enduring appeal throughout the decades with installations by celebrated artists and merchandise

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 08.11.2018 | Events

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Disney’s 90th anniversary celebrations for Mickey Mouse are hurtling towards a crescendo on 18 November, but there’s still plenty to come in the meantime.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition has opened its doors in New York city’s chic Meatpacking district, inviting fans to explore the evolution of Walt Disney’s famous character through original artwork.

Charting the history of Mickey Mouse in animation, pop culture and licensed product, a collective of artists have put their spin on what Mickey means to them.

Housed in a 16,000 sq.ft exhibition venue, the exhibition spans 10 rooms. In one such space called the Cosmic Cavern – a blacklit trip through decades of Mickey merch – NYC street artist Kenny Scharf pays homage to the character’s journey to become part of everyday life.

Disney has produced a fancy 360-degree video of Scharf's instalation below – try moving it around if you’re on mobile for a panoramic view.


In another, titled Original Muse, celebrated artists have interpreted the character in entirely new ways, with works from the likes of Keith Haring. It’s Black and White transports visitors to the era of monochrome media, while Burst into Color brings them into a bright space that celebrates Mickey’s first appearance in glorious Technicolor.

The exhibition opened today (8 Nov) and opens until mid-February 2019.

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