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    Upcoming special exhibition

    Moving World – Steiff surprises and fascinates

    27 April 2021 – 27 March 2022

    True gems produced by the renowned and world-famous family-owned company, Margarete Steiff GmbH, Giengen (Germany), are now on display at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel. Who does not remember the moving shop window scenes during the Christmas season? They were always the highlight of a Christmas stroll.

    Such mechanical showpieces, produced for advertising purposes, can now be admired in motion. The Wochenende im Tierreich (Weekend in the Animal Kingdom) is one of the show highlights. It was originally produced in 1928 with 47 Steiff animals. Some of these animals have special mechanical devices to enable them to move. The theme of this showpiece could apply today as well.

    The animals enjoy a weekend in the wellness area. This includes a sauna visit, joint gymnastics exercises, and a small boxing match. The building complex was built in a very modern style for that period, based on the Bauhaus style. At over five meters long and two meters deep, the original showpiece had impressive dimensions.

    Although best known for the invention of the teddy bear (1902), the Steiff family business is one of the largest and most important doll manufacturers in the world. Not least because of their diverse and artistically very valuable doll creations. From the beginnings of Steiff’s doll art around 1890 up to modern times, the toy manufacturer has always managed to inspire young and old with spectacular innovations and further developments. The felt dolls of the showpiece, Die Mühle im Grund (The Mill in the Country), are a wonderful example of this extraordinary skill. You will see a good 70 old original Steiff felt dolls in idyllic rural surroundings covering about 15 m2. A unique and authentic piece of European doll history, made in 1926 by the Munich doll artist and Steiff consultant, Albert Schlopsnies. The miniature people consist of humorous and characteristically reproduced realistic village and peasant types in their everyday work. These two showpieces were exhibited at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago.

    Moreover, there are several smaller movable mechanical Steiff showpieces to be seen, as well as some impressive life-size ones. So, don’t miss it!

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