September 3, 2006
One exciting show, two cities. From September 16 to January 15, Les Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, described by Didier Ghez in his blog as "a museum in Paris that is almost as important as Le Louvre," will be hosting Il ├ętait une fois Walt Disney (Once Upon a Time Walt Disney), a collection of hundreds of works that show the links between European art and the Disney studio's productions from 1935 to 1967. By "links" I mean the centuries' worth of Western European art that Walt and Roy Disney specifically exposed their artists to, as well as the work that resulted from that inspiration. Most of the Disney art on display will have never been seen before; Didier also notes that the basis for the exhibition is Robin Allan's Walt Disney and Europe: European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt Disney.

Didier will be at the inauguration of the event on September 14, so we'll be checking back with him then. While we'd love to head to France to check this out, we'll have to content ourselves with waiting for March 8, when the exhibition ends up in our backyard at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (curiously, with the "Walt" missing from the title) until June 24; the show may also progress to other cities after, but there's no definite word on that yet.

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