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Minka Podhájská (Czechoslovak, born Moravia [now Czech Republic], 1881–1963). Series of Personifications of Childhood Misdeeds. 1930. Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague

Child’s Play at MoMA

July 30, 2012 / Events

Here at Oopsy daisy, we’re all about two things: art and kids. So you can imagine how our ears perked up when we heard about the Museum of Modern Art‘s new exhibit, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000.

What we really love about this exhibit (full disclosure: we love just about everything about MoMA) is the fact that it brings together all sorts of child-centric design. A collection of toys would be interesting, but this collection of over 500 items goes far beyond that.

Century of the Child takes its name from a book by Ellen Key, a design reformer and social theorist in Sweden. Her 1900 book posited that the upcoming century would focus on children in a new, progressive way: as important members of society in their own right.

The MoMA exhibit, then, reflects on the century through Key’s lens: it explores, in their words, “individual and collective visions for the material world of children.” That includes not only toys but schools, fashion, political propaganda and advertising.

it’s an amazing overview of something that’s often hard to quantify: How did the world change for children in the 20th century?

And, MoMA’s Century of the Child makes another point that we agree with wholeheartedly–the items that surround children are important. They reflect our values and opinions, and they help shape their world. That’s why we at Oopsy daisy are so committed to the concept of fine art for children.

And that’s why we love this new exhibit. We think you will, too.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 runs until November 5, 2012.


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