Despite the fast-changing world and the fast-paced way of life, we like to return stories, mythical creatures and fairy tales. At first glance, it may seem that fairy tales are part of childhood. Some researchers argue that children still have the ability to see and feel creatures. Yet, in the past as well as today, tales have provided answers to many unexplained, unknown events in life and nature.
Dwarfs, together with other creatures, stories and storytelling, are part of the intangible cultural heritage. The year 2023 marks the UNESCO Year for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Because of its endangerment, the Museum has chosen a theme that, although difficult to grasp in terms of subject matter, is nevertheless attractive to visitors. Our research looked for published and unpublished stories about dwarfs and other mythical creatures, as well as new versions of them that have survived among people.
The exhibition is also an incentive to record the stories that contain the knowledge and archetypal insights of our ancestors. With the idea of preserving them for posterity, we may find in them the right answers to the world’s current questions.