Mickey Mouse looks pretty sprightly for 90 years old. I can’t spot any grey hairs behind those trademark dinner-plate ears. He’s still relentlessly cheerful, ageless, looking great—like a mouse who gave up hard cheese and tried mindfulness instead.
Why the sudden Disney interest? We’re checking out the brand new Mickey Mouse Arthouse exhibition at Melbourne Central.
This is an exciting collab space between Disney, Melbourne t-shirt company Radio Velvet and 90 local and international artists. Everyone was given the same brief—send us your interpretation of Mickey Mouse.
“This is the largest artist collaboration in Disney’s history” says curator Eddie Zammit. “It was refreshing to push the boundaries with Disney. I’ve chosen creative people who love Disneyland, Mickey and, of course, Minnie.”
Most of the prints are pretty literal variations on classic Mickey—black spaghetti arms, red shorts, white gloves etc—but artists like Jamie Browne, Vince Frost, Justine McAllister, Travis Price and George Rose are really mixing things up. You might already know McAllister from her Belleville mural on Little Bourke St.
“All of them have brought their A-game, for sure,” says Zammit. “I love the work of Confetti, DXTR The Weird, Brandon Els and Waste Studio because they’re my kinda style. But the show features a whole range of creative disciplines like graphic design, illustration, photography, street art and typography.”
The exhibition bleeds over the floors, walls and staircases behind the Melbourne Central shot tower. It’s free to browse, and Mickey-related selfies are actively encouraged. There’s also a range of rather expensive Mickey merch (that mouse is no fool).
We’ve definitely got our eyes on the watch with the moving arms.
Where: Melbourne Central (behind the Shot Tower)
When: 17 November – 28 January
For more info, click here.
Image credit: supplied