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Mostra Robot Fever - 2-2

Stibbert Museum, the Robot Fever Show: Samurai and Robots Compared

The exhibition explores a whole range of unpublished works from the reinventing toy industry of the twentieth century, tracing the history and evolution of Japanese toy from internal success to the explosion of the phenomenon at the international level.
In Japan, in the 1970s, comic strips and animation films were invented, featuring super robot protagonists called to protect the country from a whole host of alien threats. The features and values ​​that these new heroes demonstrate have been reminiscent of those traditionally associated with the ancient Samurai warriors who, after a period of eclipse in the post-war period, regain the favor of the general public. The design of modern warriors draws full hands to the stylistic sample provided by the weapons and armor of the samurai, as well as the principles and moral values ​​of the ancient Japanese fighters are now made by modern super heroes.
The exhibition is therefore based on the comparison between the various elements that constitute the samurai armor preserved in the Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum and the interpretation given by the designers most influenced by their aesthetic taste. It traces the salient stages of the stylistic evolution of robots from the 1950s to the present.
In the 1970s, in Japan, the first super-robots were born in cartoons first and in cartoons. Their success is immediate and the toys produced with the features of the new brave fighters go stealing. Producers launch them on the market with the news that they are produced in the fantastic alloy with which robotics in comics were made: the mythical chogokin that brought to mind the legendary Japanese steels used to build indestructible samurai weapons. Thus begins the era of chogokin.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the passion of clever collectors who, in line with the spirit that animated Frederick Stibbert in the creation of his museum, gathered in their collections of objects, such as robots, otherwise destined to be scattered.
It will be so entertaining and instructive for the public of collectors and enthusiasts in the field who will visit the museum and the new Japanese halls, to look for the decorative elements from the traditions of European and Japanese armor in the various characters depicted in the robots.

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