New Exhibit Coming to The Huntington “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts”

The international traveling exhibition, Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, will be coming to The Huntington, according to their official website. Disney animated films will be celebrated, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. This will be on view from December 10th, 2022, through March 27th, 2023.

What's Happening:

  • The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will present the international traveling exhibition Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts from Dec. 10, 2022, through March 27, 2023. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wallace Collection in London in association with The Huntington, the exhibition explores the early inspirations behind Disney Studios’ creations, examining Walt Disney’s fascination with European art and the use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks.
  • Approximately 50 works of 18th-century European decorative art and design, many of which are drawn from The Huntington’s significant collection, will be featured alongside hand-drawn production artworks and works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering Collection, and The Walt Disney Family Museum.
  • The exhibition’s presentation at The Huntington coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Walt Disney Company.
  • “We are thrilled to partner with our colleagues at the Met and the Wallace Collection to bring ‘Inspiring Walt Disney’ to Southern California,” said Christina Nielsen, Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Museum at The Huntington. “The exhibition is a fun and fascinating way to share with a wide audience works from The Huntington’s stellar collection of French decorative art, which are key examples of how art history has inspired popular culture.”