Barbie celebrated in Paris

May 16, 2016 | By French Culture Arts

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is presenting an exhibition from March 10 to September 18, 2016, around the iconic doll, Barbie, whose story has many dimensions and has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st centuries. More than 700 Barbie dolls are deployed next to works from the collections of the Museum (dolls, gowns), but also works by contemporary artists, documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize the « Barbie’s lives ».

Drawing on Mattel’s archives and highlighting this still little-known historical heritage, this exhibition provides two possible insights into “Barbie’s lives”: for children by evoking the pure jubilation of a universally known toy, and for adults by placing this emblematic figure in her historical and sociological contexts since 1959.

More than just a toy, Barbie has mirrored a culture and its evolution. She began by embodying the “American way of life” before adapting to social, political and cultural changes and taking on a more universal dimension. Evolving with every new modern comfort, embracing new causes and challenging stereotypes, she has been loathed for her embodiment of the idealized woman and yet, always autonomous and independent, she has adopted all the new dreams and ambitions of contemporary life.

The exhibition will feature several unique creations, by Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela and Christian Louboutin. 


LOCATION: Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Read more about the exhibition here

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