Thursday, March 12, 2009

aladdin toys {joaquín torres garcía}

I visited the Museo Torres García, a museum for the famous {but new to me} Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres García. Famous for his Constructivist art and introducing the art theories and practices to Uruguay, his art is simple and linear but his work of ALL mediums has a very strong personal style. And with his art dating in the 1890's to the 1930's, you can tell he was quite avant garde for his time. My favorite pieces were these little wooden toys that he created for the Aladdin Toy Company - a business he started due to a lack of income from his art. He manufactured a collection of transformable wooden block toys that could be pieced together to create different kinds of people, animals, and scenes. The above piece is of a horse + carriage {the real thing still common in the streets of Montevideo} and the bottom pieces are build-you-own person kits. With a range of circus clowns, to dogs, to old women, to city streets, I found these pieces to be so charming and stylish.


{As photographs were not permitted in the museum, images posted here are courtesy of Museo Torres García website and Jacobo Zanella's Flickr photostream}

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3 Comments:

Blogger Bruxist said...

I like this very much. In the New York Times Arts section this past Friday (9/11/09) they reproduced one these simple wooden figures and it really grabbed me. Am thinking of making some of my own. Thank you!

September 14, 2009 10:27 AM  
Blogger Bruxist said...

Oops! It was New York Times 9/13/09
JOAQUÍN TORRES-GARCÍA: CONSTRUCTING ABSTRACTION WITH WOOD Paintings, drawings and a wide variety of wooden sculptures from the 1920s to the 1940s make up this show of works by Torres-García, the founder of an influential Latin American Constructivist art movement. Sept. 24 through Jan. 3 at the Menil Collection, Houston, (713) 525-9400, menil.org. Travels to the San Diego Museum of Art (Feb. 20 through May 30).

September 14, 2009 10:51 AM  
Blogger Studio TOTA said...

how great! thanks for sharing...

September 29, 2009 6:20 PM  

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