4,500年の人類の歴史を靴でたどる 「Bata Shoe Museum」


ロイヤルオンタリオ・ミュージアムから徒歩5分、同じストリート沿いにもう一つ「バータ靴博物館(Bata Shoe Museum)」というユニークな博物館があります。博物館の名前にある「Bata」とは、靴メーカーの名前。「Bata Shoe Company」は1894年にチェコ共和国で始まりましたが、様々な困難の中、第二次世界大戦後にトロントに本部を移し、マーケットをヨーロッパからアジアへと集中させた事で大成功をおさめました。そうした中で産まれたのが、この靴の博物館です。

創立者はSonja Bata。彼女は夫であり創業者の息子であるThomas J. Bataと世界中をビジネスで旅をするうちに、数々の靴を収集して行きました。その後収集された靴をコレクションとして一般に公開し、同時に靴のリサーチも兼ね備えるセンターをつくることを決心し、日系人のレイモンド・森山氏に設計と建築を依頼しました。


「Bata Shoe Company」はすでに本部をスイスに移転させ、カナダに残っているのはこの博物館だけですが、4,500年に渡る広範囲の靴のみの博物館は世界でも大変ユニークで、特に地下一階の「All About Shoes」と題された展示フロアには、人類の創成期から始まる人間と靴との関係が時系列にまとめられ、大変分かりやすくまた貴重なコレクションを見ることができます。





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