The exhibition organized by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation and titled GAMES, TOYS & PLAYERS will lead the visitor to the discovery of the world of play, games and toys. The evolution of play occurred in the early 20th century, when it reached its richest, most significant height.
The exhibition is organized into eight different sections focussed on themes such as model-making; building bricks; antique toys and games; board, logic and party games; role-playing games; games dating back from the 1970s and 1980s and the world of videogames; and the most renowned parlour and open-space games.
In an open space, even the simplest of pastimes gains the same importance as a valuable collector’s item, because what matters is playing and devoting part of one’s day to leisure as well as to the development of imagination and creativity. We know from historical research that children in ancient times played in a very similar way as today’s children, with games and toys which have remained unchanged to this day, in line with a tradition going back thousands of years. Whirligigs, party games, toy soldiers: in-depth research has demonstrated that they existed long time ago.
The exhibition includes ancient games such as tops and bowling, as well as building bricks, Lego and Meccano, and static and dynamic model-making. Games and toys have gone a long way along a path that has crossed epochs and civilizations, dynasties and palaces.
Play means joy, growth and development.
It is the best incentive for any type of activity. Recent studies have suggested that the more time we devote to playing the more our well-being is enhanced, as well as our work efficiency and human relationships. Toys and their use have increased everyone’s creative capabilities.
The exhibition curated by the Art Director of the Foundation, Alessandro Schiavetti, is a route through imagination which will cover each of these themes: the highest points of creativity in play up to present-day multimedia and videogames. The exhibition will show interesting toys from a recent and distant past, coming from all over Italy, including museums and private collections. Detailed panels on the history of play are aimed at rekindling collective memory and spreading the moral message of healthy entertainment.
Games, Toys and Players
From Saturday 8 December 2012 to Sunday 27 January 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation, Exhibition Hall, Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (Livorno)
Opening hours: daily from 4 to 8 p.m. - Free admission