Anchor Exhibitions

In late September I constructed four Anchor buildings at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, Westchester County, NY.  The exhibition is called "Toying with Architecture".  Just after I put up the January changes, I will drive to Katonah to take down the buildings and retrieve my stones.  The buildings were:  Castle on the Lake (# 34, Lyck); Greek Temple (Graecia); Stormproof Fortress (# 410); suburban manor house (#s 10 + 206 + 208 + 210).  I hope that you took the opportunity to visit this exhibition.  

The CVA also puts on exhibitions of Anchor products, including large Anchor block buildings.  CVA members build the display models over the week preceding the opening.  The last such exhibition was open in the Flanders Toy Museum (Speelgoedmuseum van Vlaanderen) in Mechelen, Belgium, from October 25, 1996, to April 20, 1997.  I spent a week with other Anchor friends building this display.  The display of Anchor buildings was excellent.  The previous exhibition was held in the Richter Villa in Rudolstadt in 1994.  Over the years, the CVA has held other Anchor exhibitions, such as the one at Madurodam in the Haag.

For its next Anchor exhibition the CVA has chosen Traunstein, Bavaria, Germany (which is about 30 km from the Austrian border), very near the autobahn between München and Satzburg.  This exhibition will be open between early May, 1999, and late October, 1999.  The exact dates have yet to be determined.  I will be organizing the exhibition.  I visited Traunstein in October and can say with certainty that everyone would be well advised to stop in Traunstein, not only to see the exhibition but also to see this wonderful part of Germany.  At the same time the CVA will participate in an exhibition in the Richter Villa in Rudolstadt.  

The CVA is currently looking for sites for 2001 or 2002.  The CVA is hoping that a site in the U.K. or the USA can be found.  Any suggestions would be most welcome. 

The best permanent museum exhibition known to me is in the Toy Museum in Oosterhout (NB) Netherlands.  The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, also has an excellent collection, though I do not know just how much is on exhibition at any given time.  The Toy Museum in Salzburg has a nice Anchor display, using the Erwin Gebert collection.  The Gebert collection was very extensive.  I visited the Toy Museum in late October and saw the rest of the Gebert collection.  Most impressive was the very large, special order chest from the factory.  It held the equivalent of four # 34, Lyck, sets.  The "Obermeister" (senior master) diploma he was awarded when still a teenager was also there, as was a picture of him and one of his original buildings.  Only about half of the Gebert collection is on display, and of course of the documentation and catalogs are all in the archival storage area.

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