Pixar, 25 years of Animation

The first museum in the world dedicated to the art of entertainment opened its doors in Paris on 16th November 2013 with the exhibition "Pixar, 24 years of animation".









The famous exhibition «Pixar, 25 years of animation», inaugurated at the MoMA in New York in 2006 before touring prestigious museums around the world, is the perfect event to showcase the new museum’s innovative and popular approach. By exhibiting the original artworks of artists behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and WALL·E, the MoMA paid homage to this new art movement and attracted on this occasion its highest-ever affluence since its creation.

It is an honour for Art Ludique-Le Musée to launch its opening with the exhibition «Pixar, 25 years of animation», presenting over 500 artworks, original research drawings, preliminary character and background studies, storyboards and sculptures, as well as the spectacular Toy Story Zoetrope and the captivating Artscape, immersing visitors into the magical world of animation.

«Pixar, 25 years of animation»is the first major temporary exhibition coming to Art Ludique-Le Musée, and will take place from 16 November 2013 to 2 March 2014.


The Art of the Marvel Super heroes

From 22 March to 31 August 2014, Art Ludique-Le Musée is hosting a major exhibition devoted to "The art of the Marvel Super Heroes".















The Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, ThorHulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four,Spider-Man, Silver Surfer…their names resonate like icons. Their costumes and emblems are universally recognized while their places in our imaginations and in the culture of our century are indispensable.

This exceptional exhibition presents a panorama of the Marvel universe, encompassing artworks from the original and historical comic strips to the concept drawings and illustrations made for the very latest cinema productions.
For the first time ever, visitors will discover and admire a spectacular retrospective of nearly 300 original Marvel drawings and publications that saw the birth of these mythical characters, signed by legendary artists that participated in their creation and evolution.

The exhibition features works by the one and only Jack Kirby, who with writer Joe Simon, developed Captain America, and later, with Stan Lee, the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Thor, the Hulk and the X-Men.

Also on display are the incomparable style of Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man with Stan Lee, as well as original comic strips and illustrations of a number of Marvel artists, such as John RomitaJohn BuscemaDon HeckTim SaleAlex RossJim SterankoGene ColanFrank Miller, Neal Adams, and French artists Aleksi Briclot and Olivier Coipel.

A focus on Marvel Studios, producers of film franchises such as The AvengersIron Man, Thor and Captain America, will take crowds through a contemporary art gateway of over 200 artworks created for the cinematic adaptation of Super Heroes to the big screen. Concept art, character and costume studies, storyboards or even car and accessories designs, will show admiring visitors the fabulous preproduction paintings for film productions, made by Marvel artists Adi Granov, Charlie Wen or the epic Ryan Meinerding.

We owe Ryan Meinerding, artistic director and concept designer of Marvel Studios films, the splendid painting studies for Captain America’s costumes, Iron Man’s various suits of armour, and of The Avengers team. He is also the creator of the painting made especially for the exhibition poster «Art of the Marvel Super Heroes».

The «Art of the Marvel Super Heroes» exhibition is significant in that it gives visitors access to real movie props and accessories, used during film shootings, displayed alongside their concept drawings. Available for admiration are Iron Man’s helmet, presented for the first time to the general public, Thor’s hammer, Iron Patriot’s armour, Captain America’s shield, or among others, Hydra’s motorbike.

The museum visit also includes videos* of commentaries by the legendary creator Stan Lee about the origin of his creations, his influences and inspirations, as well as commentaries by other artists such as Joann Sfar, Zep and Olivier Coipel.

The «Art of the Marvel Super Heroes» exhibition, imagined and designed by Art Ludique-Le Musée, is a world premiere. It pays tribute to these great artists who, just like their characters, have acquired a “super power”: the ability to draw masterpieces.


* These images are mostly taken from published extracts and unseen footage from the 2013 documentary Behind the Mask of Super Heroes, in anticipation of the exhibition «Art of the Marvel Super Heroes», an original idea by Jean-Jacques Launier, founder of Art Ludique-Le Musée and curator of the exhibition


Understanding the secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki animation

From 4th October 2014 until 1st March 2015, Art Ludique-Le Musée reveals 1,300 drawings
from the famous Japanese studio.



















My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Laputa: Castle In The Sky, Pom Poko, Princess
Mononoke, My Neigbours the Yamadas, Spirited Away, Ponyo, The Wind Rises, The Tale of
Princess Kaguya…
so many movies of which the beauty of the drawings and animation, as well as the quality of the screenplay are recognised and admired throughout the world.

To comprehend the creative genius of Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, the authors of these masterpieces, to discover the secrets of their animation and share the emotion of their art, this exceptional exhibition will present nearly thirty years of drawings from Studio Ghibli, with 1,300 original layouts produced by the studio.

For the first time in Europe, visitors will be able to admire these drawings as the genesis of studio productions and as the precursors of what one can discover on the big screen, essentially all the graphic material that serves as the fundamental artistic base for any animation film.

Isao Takahata considers layout the key component in producing an animated film. Layouts define for each scene, what will its atmosphere be, its background, its point of view, or even the position, the attitude and the expression of each character.

This exhibition presents these magnificent drawings as tribute to the remarkable drawing skills of those behind them.

For Hayao Miyazaki, “Animation is an illusion, and the audience is curious to see how it will dazzle them”.

What secrets will this plunge into the heart of the drawings of Takahata and Miyazaki reveal? Isao Takahata answers, “It depends on the imagination of each viewer”.

After the prestigious exhibitions «Pixar, 25 years of Animation» and «The Art of the Marvel Super Heroes», this new exhibition by Art Ludique-Le Musée, «Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki animation» is a wonderful opportunity to shine the spotlight on the creators of universes that have marked our collective imagination and to let visitors discover the major artistic dimension behind these films that make us all dream.





Exhibition AARDMAN,

From 21 March until 30 August 2015, Wallace and Gromit, the fowl of Chicken Run, Pirates or Shaun the Sheep, will be the stars of the exhibition « Aardman, Art that takes shape », the new exhibition of Art Ludique-Le Musée.










Created by the Art Ludique-Le Musée team, in close collaboration with the Award winning creators and producers of the celebrated British studio, this exhibition, a worldwide premiere, dedicated to the Art of Aardman will present over 50 authentic film characters and sets, true masterpieces of sculpture lit by the artists themselves.

From Wallace’s cracking contraptions, passing through Gromit’s famous vegetable garden, to the sets of Shaun the Sheep The Movie, the flying machine from Chicken Run or the fabulous 5 metre tall Pirates’ galleon, these spectacular artworks will pay a veritable homage to the artistic genius of the sculptors that animate the clay creatures image by image.

Over 350 concept drawings, character and background studies, watercolours, and storyboards will complete this exceptional exhibition, where one can even discover Nick Park’s sketchbook as a student, containing the first drawings of Wallace and Gromit, never before seen by the public.

The exhibition will display numerous screens, allowing visitors to discover as a family the incredible creativity of the studio, through extracts of its most famous films, but also with more than 60 short and feature films, hilarious advertisements, or magical video clips.

After the exhibitions “Pixar, 25 years of animation”, “The Art of Marvel Super Heroes”, ranking in the top 15 most visited exhibitions in France in 2014, and with “Studio Ghibli Layouts Designs” which is currently enjoying a huge success, the exhibition “Aardman, Art takes shape” will naturally fit into the program of the first museum in the world dedicated to figurative and narrative contemporary art issued from the entertainment industry: Art Ludique!



The Art in Video Games – French Inspiration

From September 25, 2015 to March 6, 2016, Art Ludique-Le Musée presents the first major exhibition in the world dedicated to the Art in Video Games.










Through more than 800 spectacular artworks and installations, this major exhibition will amaze a large transgenerational public by plunging them into a world filled with an incredible diversity, throughout which magnificent pencil sketches, watercolors, traditional and digital paintings and sculptures, and even animated paintings, will reveal the formidable virtuosity of the artists behind the creation of French video games.

Jean-Jacques Launier, founder of the museum and curator of the exhibition often says that in his eyes video games embody the “Total Work of Art”. They require skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, at creating entire universes and hundreds of characters per game, mise en scène work, animation, storyline, music and of course, the conception of gameplays that transcends interactivity.

Experts, adepts, and newbies alike will discover the majestic artworks made for Drawing Ancient Cities and Urban Landscapes, whether they are contemporary, medieval or imaginary. One can even admire Paris in 2084, or immerse oneself in the capital during the French Revolution through a gigantic installation in Rewriting History.

An Invitation to Journey will take visitors to stunning destinations, such as paradisiacal islands, luxuriant tropical vegetation, the misty mountains of the Himalayas and the legendary deserts of the American Far West.

Imagining New Heroes and Creatures will allow visitors to assist – from the numerous drawing studies to the final paintings and sculptures – the conception of characters of multiple horizons, such as knights, inhabitants of distant planets, mythological animals…and even the famous Raving Rabbids who will really entertain the younger ones!

Homage to the Cinematic Art will allow the public to appreciate the cultural and artistic bridge that exists between cinema and video games, through the study of sceneries and lighting that are worthy of the greatest films noirs, Hollywood action scenes, as well as the use of world-renowned actors, such as Ellen Page or Willem Dafoe, who came specially to Paris to lend their features and personalities to the artists of a French video game studio.

The superb watercolors dedicated to the creation of fairies and elves, the backgrounds of legends, enchanted castles, and even a constantly animated painting-installation of a young princess lost in limbo and guided by a ball of light, will consist of some of the fascinating artworks in Magic, Fantasy, Folktales and Fairies, which will delight both adults and children.

To see a video of the exhibition, please click here