I recently visited the “This Is Not A Toy” exhibit at the Design Exchange Museum.
It’s definitely very cleverly part information design, part history, part art, part merchandise. It’s a collection of designer toys and different kinds of collectible items “that are not toys,” but also a look at art and artists. One of the highlights was definitely being able to see Takashi Murakami’s work on display, and learning a bit more about art that has a common “medium,” such as the Munnies and Dunnies.
The larger aspects of the show served to give a sense of dreams coming to life, as most of the time, the ones I have commonly seen are very small. Oh, and getting to see figures and collectibles I have not been able to collect, like Junko Mizuno’s Pure Trance figures, or just anything by Kidrobot that I haven’t gotten back to collecting. It was also nice to be able to put a name to some of the designs I see at online or at the Magic Pony.
This Is Not A Toy: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Collectible Design
Feb 7 – May 19
Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, dx.org
It was very different to actually see a sculpture that is by Takashi Murakami/his studio after spending so much time reading about him.
You may recognize these, they’re Munnies of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai.”
The figures at the bottom are Labbits, and ones on the sides are Munnies.
The DX Museum is directly across the street from the Deloitte building (and down the street from Union Station) in Toronto.
The show was originally going to be funded by Kickstarter (and I suspect, a lot larger), but not meeting the goal meant a smaller show. I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend you go if you’re in the area, or if you’re really into vinyl toys. There’s definitely other related items like animation, furniture, paintings, plushies, moving parts, and I felt it nice to get away
from your typical boring art that you’re forced to study for your own good and intended to induce existential crises.
I was actually introduced by this person here to seeing these as “not toys” ages ago.