Red Hood, Blue Beard

Special exhibition about colours in fairy tales for the GRIMMWELT Kassel

Foto: © GRIMMWELT / N. Klinger
Foto: © GRIMMWELT / N. Klinger

Why is Little Red Riding Hood’s cap red? What associations does Snow White’s hair awaken? And how do we actually find a blue beard? In fairy tales, colours do not only make the stories more colourful, they also have cultural, historical and symbolic meaning. In the new special exhibition “Red Hood, Blue Beard” at the GRIMMWELT Kassel, which Archimedes designed, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of colours in fairy tales.  It can be visited from 13 November 2019 to 13 April 2020.

By means of textual examples and contemporary illustrations visitors embark on a journey through the complex meaning and symbolism of colours. In addition, games and experiments await the visitors, as the era of Romanticism was not only the Golden Age of fairy tales but also the scientific exploration of colours, conducted for example by Philipp Otto Runge or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Interactive installations developed by Archimedes bring optical phenomena to life and offer impressive photographic motifs. They play with our visual habits and encourage participation. Visitors can create colourful shadows, continue their own reflection to infinity, stand under Mother Hulda’s golden rain and let off steam with a round of “colour dots”.

Further Information: https://www.grimmwelt.de/en/exhibitions/red-riding-hood-blue-beard/

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