Mickey Mouse, have you ever heard of him? Perhaps the most famous cartoon character in the world, the Disney mascot doesn’t need to be introduced.
We have the impression that Mickey is still there, in all the creative industries. There’s a reason Disney tightened US copyright laws to keep the famous rodent exclusive.
Even with Mickey’s 90th birthday a few years behind us, Nanzuka believes there is no bad time to celebrate his legacy.
Enter “Mickey Mouse Now and Future”, the latest exhibition from the Japanese gallery organized in partnership with Disney Japan and conceived as a kind of “fan gathering” between international artists. The result is a cavalcade of creative interpretations of the iconic Disney, courtesy of young artists and true legends.
Hajime Sorayama is here, for example, a longtime friend of Nanzuka who has exploded in relevance in recent years. His giant technicolor Mickey sculpture is a far cry from his usual robotics efforts but is nonetheless futuristic.
Spanish artist Javier Calleja brings a cute little guy, Londoner James Jarvis goes for a minimalist take, and Tokyo-based designer Haroshi has crafted mini-builds of Mickey Mouse from vinyl and reused skateboards.
I really appreciate the offerings from LA-based Darren Romanelli, perhaps better known as Drx Romanelli.
Romanelli is a die-hard upcycler renowned for turning scrap metal into stunning furniture and quilted clothing that bypasses the lines that separate design, art and fashion. His contributions to “Mickey Mouse Now and Future” include a set of huge Mickey-shaped chairs cut from vintage Levi’s cotton denim printed with many other Mickeys. Mickey overloaded!
“For [Walt Disney,] the great designer who continued to believe in the importance and power of the imagination and created Disneyland as “the land of dreams”, Mickey Mouse is the one and only symbol that embodies his thoughts and dreams that endure forever Said the founder and founder of Nanzuka. curator Shinji Nanzuka in a statement.
Fittingly, the exhibit begins on November 19 – Mickey’s birthday – at the Parco Museum Tokyo.
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