We had the treat of visiting the Arludik Gallery on the first day of their exposition about Disney Villains. Running to the 30th of May 2015, the exhibit displays original artwork from the beginning stages of the creation of animated Disney films. It shows the big, the bad and the ugly villains from Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, Scar from The Lion King, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations, Captain Hook from Peter Pan and a whole bunch of more baddies.
The gallery is no stranger to the art of Disney. Pioneers in their field, Arludik is the first gallery in the world devoted to exhibiting original artwork deriving from animated movies, comics, mangas and video games. In French, “ludique” is the word adjective form of gaming, and obviously, “art” is art – hence the cleverly named “Arludik” gallery – a French play on words.
Husband and wife power-duo Jean-Jacques et Diane Launier started the gallery in 2004 and haven’t looked back since. It was their love of the industry that inspired them to create the gallery. It maintains a unique position as the only gallery of its kind in the world, and thus lovers of this genre come from all over the world to see first-hand and acquire original pieces of work. The couple has worked hard to forge and nurture key relationships inside Disney and Pixar, gaining the trust and respect of their artists. Not only do they exhibit and sell artworks from these leading companies, more importantly, the couple provide the artists themselves with a platform to become known in their own right by presenting their own artwork to the world. They have helped artists carve a name for themselves independently from their day-to-day careers. Every few years they host an exhibit entirely dedicated to female artists.
Following the gallery’s success, Jean-Jacques and Diane have opened their own musuem ArtLudique at the Cité du Mode et Design (a quirky fun building on the banks of the Seine river with restaurants, bars and even Wonderlust, a nightclub/venue on the expansive rooftop which also offers free yoga on Sundays). Their museum recently featured Pixar’s 25 Years of Animation and currently, has exhibition Aardman until the 30th of August 2015. Aardman is the name of the British studio behind the Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep.
Artists have the backing by Disney to sell authentic Disney works which means you can purchase your own piece of Disney history. Pricing for the works start at a print for 500 euros and go up to 25,000 euros for an original celluloid.
So for all of you Disney-lovers, you should stop by Arludik for a treat. Just below are a few teasers of what there is to see at the show – we hope that you wil enjoy it just as much as we did!
Get your very own original piece of a baddie.
Treasure this picture of Cruella de Vil (or turn it into your own dartboard or Dalmatien food!)
Aside from their current Disney exhibit, the gallery has hosted several fantastic themed exhibits in the past and will continue to do so. One exhibit we particularly love featured the 8th edition of the video game Assasin’s Creed: Unity, which is set in Paris during the Reign of Terror. Lots of research and fine details went into creating a replica of the city from this era and the game allows you to navigate the exact size of Paris as it was in 1793. Although the video game received mixed reviews over their ability to faithfully recreate historic monuments such as Versailles and older Parisian architecture, the original artwork from the game is nonetheless a sight to see. Similiar to season 1, episode 13, of the TV show Scorpion, some of our clients have said that playing this game before coming to Paris has helped them get their bearings and navigate the city. For fun, check out this video parkour of Assain’s Creed filmed on location in Paris.
Despite the closing of the exhibit, you can still buy limited edition pieces from the creation of Assasin’s Creed: Unity on the gallery’s website.
Buy your own piece of video game history
Paris as featured in Assasin’s Creed
12 Rue Saint-Louis, 75004, Paris
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