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Construction toys

Madrid’s Fine Arts Circle is presenting “Construction Toys. The School of Modern Architecture”, an exhibition that through blueprints, sketches, notes and objects, analyses the influence of construction toys on the history of modern architecture.

In the opinion of the Swiss educator Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827), there is a certain childish urge towards construction, towards imitating buildings with everyday materials. Manufacturers noticed the extraordinary possibilities of these new toys and began to produce variants in wood and cardboard and later in stone, metal and plastic. Much later the German pedagogue Frederich Froebel introduced these games in his teaching programme in primary schools insofar as they helped to explore spatial reasoning, analytical thought and creative design in depth.

Until 15 May 2016 in the Picasso Room of the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid


Alcalá, 42 28014 Madrid

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