The local Goethe Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary locally (in Munich Germany the Institute celebrated its 60th year in 2010) and has an exhibit about the brothers at the German Consulate General. I expected to see something that it was not. Rather than an artistic exhibit of fairy tales it was a teaching tool for German teachers and students alike, giving explanation as to how relevant the stories still are.
But the stunning view from the windows made up for my
disappointment. The debate on whether or not they are too
gruesome for telling is still on. I will let Eberhard Kurt
Walter deal with that subject. At the same time I was reminded
of how Toronto City Hall used to put on a garden exhibit of a
different country every spring around St. Patrick’s Day. I was
involved in creating a German Fairy Tale Garden and rewrote
(without gruesome words and concepts) and performed the Bremer
Stadtmusikanten at the time. It was a grand affair and we got a
commendation from the City Commissioner for our efforts.
Unfortunately this wonderful spring ritual disappeared from the
events Calendars, no doubt to save money.