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Women's approach to children's books

...will be exhibited from 6 November 2014 until 1 March 2015 at Wien Museum (Vienna's history museum concerning the city, art, fashion and modern culture products). The exhibition refers with its title 'Ich bin ich' the most famous book by author Mira Lobe and illustrator Susi Weigel. The book 'Das Kleine Ich bin ich' (released 1972, commented English version 'The Little 'I-am-me' online) became popular because of the new approach to educate children in a non-traditional pedagogical way to more independence and tolerance. Special highlight of Susi Weigel's illustration of the little I am me figure was that it can be easily re-produced with needle, wool and fabric. Even the exhibition will offer interactive stations where kids can become creative. The curators Lisa Noggler-Gürtler, Georg Huemer and Ernst Seibert introduce to the intentions of the two women by dividing the presentation into four parts: one is about the people's power to change circumstances of life, the second about living in a community - both, the first and second reference distinctive content by Mira Lobe and Susi Weigel; the third part of the exhibition is about Lobe and Weigel's work relation which was characterized by equality (with regard to the importance of text and images for the impact of the books as well as the payment of their work). The fourth part explores the communication strategies of the two women and the audience of their books which were read by members of various (even conflicting) political parties.

fig. right above: Author Mira Lobe at a talk in front of children, 1980. Mira Lobe (1913-1995) counts to one of the most important children and youth authors of the 20th century; she published around 100 books which were translated in ca. 30 languages. Photo: Josef Hechenegger

fig. below: Illustrator Susi Weigel, 1950ies. Susi Weigel (1914-1990) illustrated 45 books (such as 'The Little I am Me') and several serials by Mira Lobe.

Photos provided by (C) Wien Museum/Birgit und Peter Kainz.

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