While Paris may be home to some of the most important artworks in Europe, this year the French capital is honouring the world’s most famous doll, Barbie, in the latest exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
The exhibition highlights the heritage and social evolution of the Barbie doll from 1959 to the present day. Charting how the toy has been adapted to social, political and cultural change, the exhibition displays 700 dolls, from the most traditional silhouettes to the most avant-garde. Drawing on the archives of toymaker Mattel, the show exhibits the Barbie doll in many guises, from ballerina to astronaut and even presidential candidate. It follows the toy’s evolution and even shows how it has challenged stereotypes. The exhibition also charts Barbie’s influence on artists and designers and features special-edition Barbies created by fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin and Maison Martin Margiela.
A must-see for collectors and fans alike, the retrospective runs from 10 March to 18 September 2016.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4455 5750