Fabulous website design boom has this wonderful gallery of 20th Century toys, part of MoMA's new exhibition: Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000. The exhibit looks at "the subject of childhood as a means for modern design thinking in the 20th century."
the show draws its references from swedish reformer and social theorist ellen key's manifesto 'century of the child' which presents the 'universal rights and well-being of children as the defining mission of the century to come.'
using this as her backbone, curator juliet kinchin surveys the 20th century, presenting both individual and collective visions of a child's material world, from utopian dreams for the 'citizens of the future', to more realistic approaches which address the darker realities of life and having to deal with politics, conflict and exploitation.
organized into seven chronological sections: new century, new child, new art; avant-garde playtime; light, air, health;
children and the body politic; regeneration; power play; and, designer better worlds; a range of different concepts are presented revolving around the tangible and more physical aspects of children's design - type, material, scale, and geographical representation.
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