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Exhibition of Ilon Wikland’s illustrations in Kielce Toy Museum

21.09.2010 - 30.10.2010

Starting from September 21 until the end of October, 2010 in Kielce Toy Museum Gallery "Abrakadabra" Ilon Wikland's illustrations are displayed. Address of the Toy Museum is: pl. Wolności 2, 25-367 Kielce.

Please follow the link for detailed info about the exhibition in Polish: http://www.muzeumzabawek.eu

Ilon Wikland was born on February, 5th 1930 in Tartu, Estonia. Ilon started school in Tallinn and then from 1939–1944 she attended the 1st Primary School in Haapsalu. In late September 1944, Ilon’s grandmother took her to the ship that was to take her, along with a school friend and her family, to Sweden. The war was drawing to an end and Russian soldiers started arriving in Haapsalu and across Estonia. Fearful of communism many people escaped from Estonia at that time.

It was in Sweden that Ilon met Astrid Lindgren, who liked her drawings and so their many years of collaboration began. The first book Wikland illustrated for Lindgren was "Mio, my Mio". But probably the best known are "Karlsson-on-the-roof", "The Six Bullerby Children", "Little Tjorven, the Boatswain and Moses", "Ronia the Robber’s Daughter" and "The Brothers Lionheart".

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