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Toys of the Avant-Garde

Oskar Schlemmer’s or Luigi Veronesi’s articulated dolls, the Pulchinella and Arlequino by Alexandra Exter, Paul Klee’s puppets, Marcel Breuer’s chairs, Marcel Duchamp’s cup-and-ball game, even Calder’s famous circus: what a shame none of these can be found at Fnac Jeunesse or at Toys ’R’ US… These unique pieces indeed existed. They were created by the greatest artists of the XXth century, and were recently the object of a retrospective at the Picasso museum in Malaga. The catalogue presents a choice of these creations full of humor, of inventiveness, of color, by asking the right questions: how did children find a place in the midst of modern utopias, how do art and toys interact? A few examples are looked at more closely, such as that of Torres-García and the lesser-known Ladislav Sutner (1887-1976), the pillar of the Workers’ Academy of Prague, the creator of small trains and building sets, rewarded by a prize during the Exposition International des arts décoratifs in Paris in 1925.

Toys of the Avant-Garde, Museo Picasso Málaga, 2010, 384 p., 47,50 €

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Review published in the newsletter #214 - from 28 April 2011 to 4 May 2011

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