Exhibition ’Bear, Bunny and War’ at the St. Petersburg Museum of Toys automatic translate
с 1 Мая
по 14 Июня
Санкт-Петербургский музей игрушки
Наб. реки Карповки, 32
The war cruelly plays children’s destinies. Toy - a friend and spiritual defender of the child, she shares his fate and becomes a document of crimes against the innocent and defenseless. In photographs and in showcases - mass-produced toys typical for the late 1930’s - 1940’s: dolls of celluloid and papier-mache, plush, rag and plastic animals. On the photographs they are embraced by the small victims of the Holocaust, the children of the besieged Leningrad, the kids on the ruins of the streets of London and Berlin. A native doll and a good beast - children’s amulets from pagan times, and the genetic memory of Russian, English, French, German, Jewish children learns them unmistakably. Genuine, original, sincere - that’s what is necessary for both children and adults in times of trials. The exhibition «Bear, Bunny and War» helps to better understand the nature of the toy. The catchy effects and all that today is called «prikolom», reveals all its falsity and uselessness if we compare them with the simplicity and seriousness of those real toys that helped.
Modern parents and teachers sometimes are afraid to introduce children to the terrible pages of their own history. This «vaccination against evil» is painful, but necessary. There is no victory without suffering, and if our children are the heirs of victory, then they are also the heirs of sadness. If you hide their heroic inheritance, they will not be able to comprehend either the meaning of the Great Victory, nor its price, nor its own strength.
The exhibition was prepared jointly with the Museum of the History of Photography.
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