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Puppetry Worldwide such as you’ve by no means seen it earlier than! — UNIMA-USA

Most of the nice puppet museums world wide truly started as non-public collections, typically as an outgrowth of a single puppeteer or small puppet troupe. An increasing number of, although we discover puppeteers arriving on the age of retirement pondering: What’s going to turn into of my puppets? Is there a museum that can protect them for posterity? After all, not all puppeteers suppose this manner, and we now have an article on Michael Sommers, director of the Minneapolis theater “Open Eye” deciding to heap his puppets on a bonfire reasonably than have them cling on a museum wall someplace, other than the performances for which they have been made.

The Puppetry Journal will focus extra on puppet assortment in the USA, however I’ll let its editor Steve Abrams say a number of phrases about that.

 It seems like a very productive puppet pleasure to coordinate on the subject of collections. Greater than 60 museums in the USA have a number of, or many puppet of their collections. Working puppet theatres and personal collectors have 1000’s of puppets. Puppetry Journal can solely cowl a handful in a single concern. Eight of the numerous Smithsonian museums have puppets! An increasing number of museums are posting digital pictures of their puppets, objects regularly packed away in storage. An internet view gives a splendid alternative to survey a group. We hope to assist readers discover some hidden treasures.

Andrew Periale for Puppetry Worldwide
Steve Abrams for the Puppetry Journal



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