Paris, August 9, 2006
Exhibit – Campaign with Mickey Mouse
Is Mickey Mouse humanity’s legacy? Born in 1928, the scion of Walt Disney’s pen, the world’s most famous mouse has been elevated to the status of icon. He inspired the artists currently showing at Artcurial, from creative figures on the American pop scene (including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring) to more scathing contemporary observers (including Peter Saul, Serge Kliaving and Robert Combas). All use Mickey’s image to denounce a consumerist, racist and ultraviolent American society. The young InterDuck collective takes a different tack, resorting to humor by incorporating Mickey’s gang into major works from art history. In a wink to the French, Donald Duck appears in the painting by Delacroix, brandishing Liberty’s standard as she leads the people onward.
“Mickey dans tous ses états” runs until 17 September.
Artcurial, 7, rond-point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris
picture: “Unframed,” oil on canvas by Sara Schmidt.