War & Toys. Belgian Toys of 1914-1918 - Exhibition in Brussels
Chaussée de Haecht 266
1030 Brussels (SCHAERBEEK)
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This exhibition illustrates daily life in 1914-1918, focusing in particular on the toys of the period. At Maison Autrique (Autrique House), until 19/11/14.
You will discover a handsome part of a collection by Paul Herman, an enthusiast who has amassed close to 800 toys!
However, the exhibition isn't limited to history and toy soldiers. It also presents accurate miniature reproductions of villages or places, decors and wooden figurines, dolls and even board games.
Artists and craftsmen and women of the time designed and created toys in wood, cloth or carton-pierre for various toy factories across the country:
- FaBeJo (Fabrique belge de Jouets - Belgian toy Factory),
- Le Jouet Belge in Bruxelles,
- Le Jouet Liégeois in Liège,
- and Remdéo in Leuven.
These factories and their history will, of course, be mentioned, as well as the good causes which handed out food, clothes, healthcare and toys to families in need.
Finally, war games will also play a part in the exhibition, with the drawings by Lynen and the toys that they inspired.
Amédée Lynen - a painter known for his drawings and canvases depicting scenes of daily life - drew many armies before they were reproduced in wooden form.
We must remember that Belgian wartime toys were first and foremost peaceful and aimed to enable children to escape their daily lives.
The country's toy industry ground to a halt, with pillaging and rationing becoming systematic.
All of this pushed the Belgian public to be smart and develop a system where people helped each other.
Wars don't just produce victims on the battlefield.
From Wednesday to Sunday (closed on public holidays) from 12 noon to 6pm (last entry at 5:30pm). Groups allowed (maximum 15 people). Booking is essential for guided tours.
Prices: €7 - €5 - €3.
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- The Autrique House (SCHAERBEEK)