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Special Exhibition

Cover motif for the special exhibition

The Rumpelstiltskin File. Looking for clues in fairy tales and law.

The exhibition illuminates the question of right and wrong in three chapters, spanning from the Brothers Grimm's Children's and Household Tales through their lives and work to our present day.

Permanent Exhibition

Mother and child look at fairy tale books in the "Folk tales" section.

GRIMMWELT adventure space

Experience fairy tale collectors and linguists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in this fascinating world of knowledge and discovery.

IMAGINARIUM - Ausstellungsmotiv

The new temporary exhibition at the GRIMMWELT Kassel from 9 May to 13 October 2024 will bring to life the world of Czech puppet and travelling theatre, its art, and the fairy tales and stories that go with it.

The fantastic and mysterious stage sets of the Forman Brothers' theatre resemble fairy tales, tempting one to enter them and explore them playfully. Visitors are highly welcome to take an active role and try things out at the IMAGINARIUM exhibition!

The GRIMMWELT presents a wide range of stage sets, playful objects, inventions, dreamlike rooms and impressive installations, transporting visitors into a world of fantasy, dreams and fairy tales. Interactive exhibits made of wood and moving parts create a haptic, sensory experience. The brothers Matěj and Petr Forman, sons of the famous Czech-American film director Miloš Forman, are the founders and impresarios of the Forman Theatre. An important characteristic of this nomadic theatre, which has no permanent stage or company, are the imaginative scenes and backdrops, handmade by artists closely connected to the theatre. Over the thirty years of the Forman Theatre's existence, a unique collection has been created, parts of which are now to be seen in the GRIMMWELT.

The exhibition is aimed primarily at children, young people and families, but is also suitable for all visitors interested in Czech theatre, puppetry and storytelling traditions.

The exhibition catalogue is in the German and Czech languages, and an extensive programme of events is planned.

From 9-14 July 2024 there will be a funfair week, during which artists represented at the exhibition will be present to offer workshops.

You are invited to attend the opening of the exhibition on 8 May 2024 at the GRIMMWELT, when the Kassel Children's and Youth Circus Rambazotti will offer a broad programme, beginning at 4.00 p.m.!


The exhibition is sponsored by the city and district of Kassel, the Hessische Kulturstiftung (Hessian Cultural Foundation) and the Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds (German-Czech Future Fund).

Participants in the exhibition

Participating artists:
Josef Sodomka, Andrea Sodomková, Tereza Komárková, Renata Lhotáková, Martin Lhoták, Pavel Macek, Bärbel Haage, Veronika Podzimková, Barka Zichová, Kristýna Adámek Mlynaříková, Irena Vodáková, Lucie Valaška Bartoňová, Lenka Hájek Kristiánová, Bára Hubená, Miroslav Janek, Zdeněk Hlaváček, Tonička Janková

Matěj Forman


IMAGINARIUM – An interactive hands-on project

An exhibition by the Theatre of the Brothers Forman and their friends

Director | Programme Manager
Jan Sauerwald

Matěj Forman

Exhibition management

Ute Lilly Mohnberg


Jakub Hradilek
Maren Allmers

Exhibition Motif

Josef Sodomka

Graphic Design

Studio Terhedebrügge


Julia Ronge


Katja Blum
Sára Mahlerová


Stefanie Büscher, Christine Großberndt, Johannes Ickler, Johanna Rüskamp, Lina Schmidt, Timo Vogt

Lighting Design

Igor Schmidt

Sound Design

Phillippe Leforestier

Site Management

Petr Pasler, Jonáš Prašivka

Technical Setup

Jiři Chramosta, Jitka Barnetová
Rolf Tonhäuser, Sophie Hilbert, Armin Jakob, Weingart & Marth, Malerbetrieb Wiktor


Rea Triyandafilidis


Neville Williamson