sabato 27 febbraio 2016

Il gioco dell'oca in mostra: NY, Chatham e Oxford

The Royal Game of the Goose: Four Hundred Years of Printed Board Games, The Grolier Club. "The Royal Game of the Goose is one of the earliest printed board games, going back to the Middle Ages – and one of the simplest: just roll the dice and move along its spiral track. The graphically vibrant Grolier Club exhibition of the same name brings together more than 70 of these games, almost all from the rich international collection of curator Adrian Seville. These beautiful and striking printed games are hardly known in the U.S., and Mr. Seville’s unique exhibition provides deep insights into the cultural history of Europe, with some fascinating glimpses of America, too." [Acquista il catalogo]

War Games, V&A Museum of Childhood: "War Games explores the many fascinating, and often surprising, relationships that exist between, on the one hand, war and conflict and, on the other, children's toys and play. This thought-provoking exhibition features toy soldiers and action figures, toy weapons and ‘anti-war’ toys, board and computer games and archive documents, as well as a broad range of powerful visual material, including photographs, packaging and advertising material."

Playing with history, Bodleian Library: "Playing with History celebrates Richard Ballam's donation to the Bodleian of his rich and varied collection of games and pastimes. This small selection of items from the wider collection gives us insights into the presentation of history to children, and the ways in which they were encouraged to engage with contemporary issues, such as War and Empire through game play."

lunedì 2 marzo 2015

Il museo di archeologia ligure rispolvera i giochi

Tornano i giochi romani ed egizi al Museo di archeologia ligure (via Pallavicini 11) di Genova, [GoogleMaps] l'8 marzo ore 15. Sotto, il Ludus latrunculorum nelle sale del museo qualche tempo fa.

lunedì 18 agosto 2014

KAVADE, traditional games in Bangalore

Kavade su Facebook:

Mission Create a common platform for a spectrum of age groups to experience the joy of reliving our traditional games. Designing courtyard gaming areas, taking these games to companies & schools are ongoing activities of the ToyHive. KAVADE is a niche Toy Hive in Bangalore which strives to promote traditional, value enriched learning through games without moving too far away from nature. The Toy Hive has aligned with self-help groups working with natural materials for a sustainable livelihood.

venerdì 27 giugno 2014

Il Biribissi della collezione Luxoro in mostra al museo

"Un gioco d'azzardo, quindi, un antenato della moderna roulette, ma come è tipico della civiltà settecentesca, anche un manufatto raffinato, un gioco-opera d'arte, grazie alle delicate figurine dipinte a tempera sulla tela, che costituiscono un compendio dell'imagerie dell'epoca. Infatti, oltre alle immagini allegoriche, come la Fortuna e la Vanità, le numerose raffigurazioni di animali, di fiori e di frutti rimandano ad un intreccio di simboli di origine antica, mentre la galleria di personaggi come il Turco, il Gentiluomo, la Dama, il Tamburino e le maschere della Commedia dell'Arte alludono a vari aspetti della cultura e della società settecentesca. La presenza dell'emblema della Repubblica [di Genova], oltre alle varie armi araldiche di famiglie aristocratiche genovesi, come i Doria e gli Spinola, attesta senza ombra di dubbio la destinazione locale del Biribis Luxoro."
Museo Giannettino Luxoro, Genova

martedì 14 gennaio 2014

Beryl Markham e il Bao, British East Africa circa 1916

"There were quiet days when Kibii and I played, all during the long afternoons, a game that took me months to learn and, having forgotten it, I could never learn again. I remember only that we used the little poisonous yellow sodom apples for counters and a series of round holes in the ground for our board, and that the mental arithmetic required was more that I have since used in twenty years. We should play it in the shade of the wattle trees, or, after finishing our work with the horses, down behind the walls of the stables, sitting cross-legged over the smooth yellow balls like diminutive practictioners of black magic, waiting for a Sign. I had a small allowance of rupees from my father and Kibii had a salary of sorts. We gambled like fiends with this largesse, but neither of us established the roots of a fortune with our winnings, though a few of the coins of the realm were worn thinner.
  Beryl MarkhamWest with the Night (1942)

Markham non specifica quante file di buche usasse, ma considerando il suo sforzo matematico, il luogo (l'attuale Kenya) e l'etnia (Murani) del suo compagno di giochi potremmo con buona sicurezza pensare al Bao.