‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ Artists Revealed

Contemporary Artists Including Daniel Arsham and Katherine Bernhardt to Showcase Newly Created Mickey Mouse-Inspired Work

Select Dates Selling Out Ahead of November 8 New York City Premiere

BURBANK, Calif.—OCT. 9, 2018—More than a dozen contemporary artists including Daniel Arsham and Katherine Bernhardt will debut original artwork inspired by Disney’s Mickey Mouse when ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ opens in New York City on November 8.

The 16,000 square-foot immersive exhibition, which will also include interactive multi-sensory experiences, photo opportunities galore and Disney magic around every corner, commemorates Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary. Los Angeles-based designer and creative director Darren Romanelli has curated an artistic team of acclaimed contemporary artists and up and coming talents working in varied mediums, formats and points of view, each inspired by their affinity for Mickey Mouse and his place in popular culture. With more to be announced in coming weeks, they include:

  • Tanya Aguiñiga: Wall weaving created from plush ears, blankets and textiles
  • Daniel Arsham: “Hiding Mickey” protruding wall sculpture based off his work in surreal sculptures (“Hiding Figures”)
  • Katherine Bernhardt: Large format wall mural (36’x10’) featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Mickey’s favorite food
  • Brian Bress: Video installation featuring the artist in a custom graphic Mickey costume drawing colorful figures
  • Oliver Clegg: Oil painting on recycled wood canvas inspired by The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Disney’s Fantasia
  • James Jean: Large, framed photograph prints and hand-drawn illustrations of his Mickey and Minnie Mouse figurine collaboration
  • London Kaye: Colorful floor-to-ceiling crochet installation inspired by Disney’s classic short, The Band Concert
  • Oliver Payne: Large wall prints of vintage photographs of the Disneyland® Resort with Mickey Mouse sticker overlays
  • Ariana Papademetropoulos: Watercolor painting inspired by an old photo of a Mickey Mouse figurine on her grandmother’s bedside table
  • PEACEMINUSONE: Colorful Mickey Mouse print that will be emerging from behind a layer of dry wall
  • Brian Roettinger: Comic-inspired ink graphic wall inspired by iconic Mickey Mouse comic strips
  • Keiichi Tanaami: – Large, psychedelic pop-art print framed using wood and crushed glass
  • Darren Romanelli, aka DRx: A 3000% Be@rbrick wrapped in reconstructed vintage Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse tees and sweatshirts
  • Amanda Ross-Ho: Oversized classic Mickey ringer tee-shirt
  • Kenny Scharf: Mickey Mouse classic wristwatch-inspired, neon-infused “Cosmic Cavern”
  • Shinique Smith: Large bale sculpture composed of classic Mickey plush and textile


“I’m incredibly excited to bring Mickey Mouse back to New York City where Steamboat Willie premiered. The moment becomes even more special by being able to pair art world legends like Kenny Scharf alongside today’s top emerging artists in an exhibition unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Romanelli, who is also creating an installation for the exhibition. “These artists have all been touched by the magic of Disney and the experience will reflect that through and through. I can’t wait for the world to see it all come to life.”

Shinique Smith is debuting her ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ piece, “Bale Variant No. 0026, Ode to Mickey Mouse, My First Love,” via public preview beginning tomorrow, Oct. 10 in Los Angeles. Smith, who creates colorful and whimsical scapes often utilizing everyday and found objects, will reveal her large-format bale sculpture utilizing Mickey Mouse plush. The piece will be on view outside Downtown Los Angeles Arts District gathering spot Lupetti from October 10 – 23.

Fans in Chicago can also get a glimpse of Amanda Ross-Ho’s installation, “Untitled T-Shirt” (NONAGENARIAN), an oversized classic Mickey ringer tee, currently on view in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel lobby until October 25, before it moves to New York.

About “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition”
Running from November 8, 2018 – February 10, 2019, ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 10th Avenue, New York. Tickets are available for $38 per person at Disney.com/MickeyTrueOriginal. With selected time slots already selling out for its November debut, guests are encouraged to plan early.

For more on the exhibition and behind-the-scenes content, visit Disney.com/MickeyTrueOriginal and follow @MickeyTrueOriginal on Instagram with #MickeyTrueOriginal.

About Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Celebration
Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has become the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. The 90-year celebration of Mickey includes new brand and product collaborations spanning fashion, food, consumer electronics, toys, accessories and more, a star-studded special on ABC airing November 4, a new season of Mickey Mouse animated shorts on Disney Channel, and more.

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About Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products
Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings the magic of Disney’s stories, characters and franchises into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create memories that last a lifetime. The company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe, and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney Store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform. These experiences are created by Walt Disney Imagineering, the innovative force responsible for overseeing the segment’s world-class products and experiences — from immersive lands to interactive toys, and everything in between.


Laura K. Jalaie
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