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Rococo en miniature

The castles of the praised island

Manfred Kiedorf (Berlin) and Gerhard Baetz (Fulda) had met in Sonneberg, Thuringia, in the fifties of the last century. This was the beginning of the great game of »flaunting«. Pelaria and Dyonia are wondrous kingdoms. They arose from a child's wish and were built for one purpose only - to play. With papier-mâché, plaster, wire, paper and feathers, the Sonneberg restorer and the Berlin graphic artist brought their imagination to life. Over the decades, several castles, about 1,000 individual figures and thousands of furnishings were created. There is no comparable project on this scale, with this opulence and attention to detail in the German-speaking world. 

After several years of negotiations, the Thuringian State Museum Heidecksburg and the district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt were able to acquire the collection permanently in 2007. The miniature world is an ideal addition to the »real« Heidecksburg Residence Palace, where visitors can marvel at how life at court might once have been.

Get an initial overview of the miniature worlds in our virtual tour of the former court kitchen, which houses the permanent exhibition »Rococo en miniature« , and find more information on the exhibitions's own website.