"The history of Christmas toys" 13/12/2018 automatic translate
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From December 21 to January 13 at the Gilyarovsky Center, a branch of the Museum of Moscow, there will be an exhibition-journey through the 20th century, an exhibition-research, an exhibition-holiday "The History of a New Year’s Toy". After all, the decoration of Christmas trees and their very existence reflected all the important events and changes in our country, the life and worldview of its citizens.
For us, the Christmas tree is more than just an attribute of a holiday. It creates an atmosphere and mood, awakens imagination and nostalgia, stands in the center of the children’s round dance, hides gifts. But the story of the Christmas tree in Russia is like an adventure novel, full of passions, intrigues, unexpected twists, almost death and revival again.
Dedicated to the history of the Christmas tree and the New Year’s toy, the exhibition is based on the collection of the Moscow collector Alexei Kuznetsov and is similar to a journey through time. The guests will visit six reconstructed trees of different periods: pre-revolutionary times, the turn of the 1930s-40s, the 50s-60s, the 70s-80s, the 90s and finally meet today’s Christmas tree XXI century.
Over a century more than apples, lambs, bells were replaced by squirrels, hedgehogs and samovars, Red Army soldiers, conquerors of the Far North, airships and cars, characters from Pushkin’s fairy tales, skates and hoops, corn and space satellites appeared among the toys. At some point, a variety of toys suddenly turned into mysterious monotonous abstractions, in which it is impossible to guess, a flashlight is a bump, a Snow Maiden or a snowman. Later, these abstractions replaced faceless Chinese balls and icicles. And what does the Christmas tree tell about our time?
Opening of the exhibition: December 21 at 18.30. Free admission.