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Toy story

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Architectural historian Alan Powers identifies interesting links between the pioneers of Modernism in the latest issue of that entertaining compendium things. Powers takes as his subject Pollock's Toy Museum in central London, that collection of toys and toy theatres which he describes as 'a monument to an alternative strain within the Modernist history of the 20th Century, the subversive and phantasmagorical tradition of surrealism. ' Enthusiasts included Lubetkin who used Pollock prints to wallpaper the dining area of his penthouse in Highpoint 2, and sent Pollock pantomime scenes as Christmas cards. The seasonal theme appealed to a later generation as well - Alison and Peter Smithson included a Pollock theatre in their exhibition about Christmas at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge.

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