Cult Toys of the 20th Century

In this interactive and playful workshop, children will draw and imagine classic and modern toys, rank them in chronological order, and identify those that have lasted through generations.

In Jouets Cultes du XXe siècle, author Dorothée Charles, along with Brigitte Durieux, Claire Didier and photographer Laziz Hamani, showcase 50 iconic toys of the 20th century, from the first teddy bear to the famous Furby. Gracing the glossy pages are Bleuette and Barbie, Mickey, Snoopy, UFO Robot grenzider, plus trains, cars, and a Formula 1 race track. The Meccano Truck and Etch A Sketch and classics like Lego and Playmobil also find their place in the whimsical panorama. Whether it’s a unique design, material, or idea that made these toys popular, they remain firmly rooted in our collective memory, and many figure in museum collections today.

In French. Free and open to the public with RSVP.

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Celebrating the release of Jouets Cultes du XXe siècle (éditions la Martinière), an installation of classic 20th century toys will be presented alongside photographs by Laziz Hamani at Albertine from Saturday December 13 to Friday January 9 2015. This installation has been made possible by the generous support of les éditions La Martinière (Paris).

Dorothée Charles is currently Program Officer for Visual Arts at the French Embassy in New York and was curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 2004 to 2013.

Photo credit: Soucoupe  volante (détail), 1950-1960, Japon, coll. Les Arts décoratifs, Paris. Photo Laziz Hamani