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Ivan Steiger and his passion

Family collection of historical toys


Ivan Steiger is a prominent Czech cartoonist, illustrator, painter, writer and director who has lived and worked in Germany since 1969

After 1980, he started collecting toys with the help of his family, in 1983 he opened a toy museum in Munich and since 1994 his toy collection, one of the largest in the world, has been exhibited at the Toy Museum in Prague.

Born in Prague in 1939, he grew up in Petrská čtvrť. Since 1958 he has studied dramaturgy and screenwriting at FAMU and has written poems and short stories. From 1961 he began to draw regularly for Literary Newspaper and his drawings began to appear in foreign magazines and newspapers. His stamp drawing, from which a small flower grows, has become one of the symbols of the occupation in the world.

In 1969 he left for Munich, drew for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and from 1972 regularly for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, where he published 9,000 drawings by 2011. His tiny and simple drawings, which call for thought, appeared in many world newspapers, in Europe and in the US. His most prominent works include a set of cartoon illustrations to the Bible.

Since 1971, he has directed and produced a series of 27 documentaries and short films for cinema and television. After 1980, he started to collect children's toys with his family. In 1983 he opened a toy museum in Munich and since 1994 his toy collection, one of the largest in the world, has been exhibited at the Toy Museum in Prague.

In 2009 Ivan Steiger was awarded the meritorious cross of the Federal Republic and a medal for merit in the Czech Republic. Ivan Steiger currently lives with his wife Eva in Munich.

„A pretty personal thank to my wife Eve and nowadays adult daughters Helen and Johann, for the patience and kindness that I had with my extended childhood since the spring of 1976, when I dragged them into whirlwind excursions and to the plush bear, wooden and tin game , stretching dolls, trains and cars, dolls and all those charming, the fantasies of awakening little artwork of unprecedented beauty over which we still breathe our breath“


Ivan Steiger