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1995 German poster.

The Vision of Jim Henson was an exhibit launched in the mid-1990s which toured the United States and some countries in Europe, including Germany (1994-1998) and Spain, into the year 2002. When the exhibit reached the University of Maryland in 1997, it was incorporated into a larger event titled "The Muppets Take Maryland."

The traveling version of the exhibit included several characters on display, including a full-size Big Bird puppet; televisions showing clips of Henson's various productions, as well as footage from interviews and documentaries; examples of Muppet photography and artwork, including a recreation of "The Marriage of Froggo Amphibini and Giopiggi Porculini" (from the Kermitage Collection) with poser puppets; and a hands-on puppet stage that allowed visitors to try their hand at puppeteering, complete with television monitors and a soundtrack of Muppet music to encourage lip-synching.

In Germany, a selection of puppets from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Secret Life of Toys, The Animal Show and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were on display. Several puppets got exchanged throughout the tour, and Miss Piggy received a few costume changes. Instead of the full-size Big Bird, older puppets of Samson and Tiffy were shown.

Known venues

  • Berliner Fernsehturm, Berlin, Germany: December 10, 1994 to February 12, 1995
  • Kongreß- und Kulturzentrum, Halle, Germany: February 18 to March 12, 1995
  • Chilehaus, Hamburg, Germany: June 23 to September 10, 1995
  • Poseidonhaus, Frankfurt, Germany: November 3, 1995 to January 14, 1996
  • HEW (Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke) Haus (admission free), Hamburg, Germany: Summer of 1996
  • University of Maryland, Maryland, USA: February 6 to March 21, 1997
  • Unknown venue, Cologne, Germany: February 15 to March 31, 1997
  • Geraer Kultur- und Kongreßzentrum, Gera, Germany: Spring of 1998
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA: August 11, 2001 to January 13, 2002

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 SvenAlbert.de - German fan-site about the 1998 exhibit in Gera, Germany

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