A LOOK AT THE EXHIBITION - Expedition Grimm

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A LOOK AT THE EXHIBITION - Expedition Grimm

A LOOK AT THE EXHIBITION

Showcase Exhibition

In three showcases, the exhibition displays around 150 items related to the life and works of

the two brothers, placing these in the wider context of the consistently volatile political

circumstances of the time.

First editions of the Grimms’ works, such as the

Children's and Household Tales, the German Grammar and

the German Dictionary, form the heart of these

exhibits. The books can be seen alongside collections of fairy

tales from Italy, France and Germany, and other early

dictionaries. Personal items that once belonged to the

brothers are also on show, including early childhood drawings, Wilhelm’s wedding ring and

the custom-built magnifying glass owned by the gout-suffering Jacob. Works by their artist

brother, Ludwig Emil, also document how the Grimm family used to live.

High Hall

Eight of the works by the Brothers Grimm, the original editions of which can be seen in the

showcases, are given much greater immediacy for the visitors by eight corresponding

experience trails. These are The Song of Hildebrand, the Children's and Household Tales, the

German Grammar, the German Legal Antiquities, Reynard the Fox, German Mythology, Jacob

Grimm on his dismissal, and the German Dictionary.

EXPEDITION GRIMM Press contacts

The Office of the Hessen State Exhibition

Mirjam Flender, Silke Günnewig, c/o projekt2508 Gruppe

Riesstraße, 10 53113 Bonn, Germany

presse@expedition-grimm.de

www.expedition-grimm.de, www.grimm2013.de

When each trail starts, it focuses on the individual

work itself. As it progresses, it communicates various

aspects of the respective work’s content, interactively.

Each of the trails leads from the Grimms’ own time up

to the present. The approximately 35 stations along

the way make use of traditional materials like wood

and cloth, as well as digital media.


On the Fairy Tale trail, for instance, in an “X-rated area” visitors can learn about the text

passages Wilhelm Grimm altered, expunged or replaced because of their brutal or

inappropriate content. At the “Bremen Town Musicians & Friends“, you can test your

knowledge of fairy tales using large-scale animal figures: which animals are included among

the Town Musicians? And in which order did they stand on one another?

The “Shifting” station illustrates a core theme of the German Grammar trail. In that work,

Jacob Grimm first described his law on the Germanic and High German consonant shift –

known in English as “Grimm’s Law”. A shifting model is used here to explain the second sound

shift, which was likewise described by Jacob. It shows how the Low-German SchiPP developed

into the New High German SchiFF, and it demonstrates why even today similarities exist

between many Low German words and, for example, words in English, Danish and Icelandic.

And last but not least, the Mythology trail provides entertainment for Wagner-fans and

others too, by using a listening station to show the extent to which Jacob Grimm’s German

Mythology influenced Richard Wagner when he was writing his Ring of the Nibelung.

33-D Model of the Brothers’ Apartment

The Brothers Grimm lived at their Kassel address, Wilhelmshöher Tor, for

about seven years. Using authentic sketches, documents and eye-witness

accounts it has been possible to reconstruct their apartment in 3-D. Now,

visitors to the exhibition have the chance to take a virtual tour of their

living quarters.

Photo credits:

Short-handled magnifying lens which, according to family tradition, was adapted by Jacob Grimm to suit his gout-ridden fingers.

© Kassel, Brüder-Grimm-Platz e. V.

Design sketch for the station “Bremen Town Musicians & Friends”

Ludwig Emil Grimm, “Lotte in her Room“ in the House at the Wilhelmshöher Tor (Cassel 2 October 1821), Watercolour © Munich, private collection

EXPEDITION GRIMM Press contacts

The Office of the Hessen State Exhibition

Mirjam Flender, Silke Günnewig, c/o projekt2508 Gruppe

Riesstraße, 10 53113 Bonn, Germany

presse@expedition-grimm.de

www.expedition-grimm.de, www.grimm2013.de

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