Most of the nice puppet museums around the globe truly started as non-public collections, typically as an outgrowth of a single puppeteer or small puppet troupe. Increasingly more, although we discover puppeteers arriving on the age of retirement pondering: What is going to turn into of my puppets? Is there a museum that can protect them for posterity? After all, not all puppeteers assume this manner, and we’ve an article on Michael Sommers, director of the Minneapolis theater “Open Eye” deciding to heap his puppets on a bonfire quite than have them dangle on a museum wall someplace, aside from 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 couple of phrases about that.
It looks like a very productive puppet pleasure to coordinate on the subject of collections. Greater than 60 museums in the USA have a couple of, or many puppet of their collections. Working puppet theatres and personal collectors have hundreds of puppets. Puppetry Journal can solely cowl a handful in a single subject. Eight of the various Smithsonian museums have puppets! Increasingly more museums are posting digital images of their puppets, objects continuously packed away in storage. An internet view offers a splendid alternative to survey a set. We hope to assist readers discover some hidden treasures.
Andrew Periale for Puppetry Worldwide
Steve Abrams for the Puppetry Journal