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Lesung | »Einige Herren sagten etwas dazu«

27. Jun. | 07.00 pm

»Einige Herren sagten etwas dazu«
Die Autorinnen der Gruppe 47

Special Exhibition

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.

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.

  • Grimm Family
  • Fairy Tales

The “Children’s and Household Tales”

Known and loved all over the world

Authors editions of the Children's and Household Tales with handwritten notes by the Brothers Grimm.

The Grimms started collecting fairy tales from their base in Kassel in 1806. Six years later, the first edition of the “Children’s and Household Tales” was published just before Christmas. This edition still included comments and fragments of text which were intended to encourage the reader to play an active part in the collection. Extensive editing took place before the illustrated “Small Edition” – which brought the Brothers world renown – was published in 1825.

The main sources of the material for the Tales were bourgeois or aristocratic ladies who, in turn, had heard the tales from servants, farmers and merchants. The most important source was Dorothea Viehmann, whose vast knowledge of local and regional stories was matched by an almost “ready-to-print” storytelling style.

There was extensive critical scrutiny of the evolution of the “Children’s and Household Tales”, which the Brothers Grimm intended as a folkloric document and educational children’s book. Classed as dubious children’s literature after the Second World War, they have now been fully rehabilitated as a valid vehicle to convey an optimistic, confident view of the world in an educational context.

View of the display case with the author's copies of the Children's and Household Tales in the exhibition area "Book".
UNESCO | Memory of the World | Children's and Household Tales of Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm’s personal copies with hand-written notes and corrections, known as the "personal copies" of 1812/1815, were added to the UNESCO list “Memory of the World” in 2005.

Animated film

The clip from the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage animated film shows fairy tale characters above the UNESCO logo.
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