Hanse history in bricks – a LEGO journey through time

Date: 10/2020 – 05/2021

Location: Lübeck

Client: Europäisches Hansemuseum Lübeck

In October 2020, molitor was commissioned with the design concept and realisation of the travelling exhibition “Hanse history in bricks – a LEGO journey through time” at the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck.
Here, visitors are invited on a journey of discovery across an area of approx. 300 m2 in the museum’s Castle Friary.
Six detailed and lovingly designed LEGO worlds recreate the Hanseatic “Kontors” (foreign trading posts) of Lübeck, London, Bergen, Novgorod und Bruges and recount the exciting and eventful lives of Hanse merchants over a period of 800 years. This provides a playful approach to teaching the complex history of the Hanse – one that families and children can also understand and enjoy.
In addition, the exhibition features three large-scale LEGO models: the Hanse merchant Winni Warendorp as a photo point at the entrance, a typical merchant’s house and a 14th century cog ship.

These models were built by the company BrickFabrik, in close coordination with the European Hansemuseum and molitor.
The accompanying scenography is a restrained combination of abstract waves, sail masts and sails, which reflect the unifying element of the Hanse cities while also providing space for text and graphics.
In a short animated film, protagonists Winni Warendorp and Juna provide an overview of the Hanseatic era, while a fitting soundscape at each world brings the exhibition to life and take visitors on an exciting journey through time.
The exhibition sets off on tour in July 2022, following which it will visit various locations throughout Europe.

Photos: © Stefan Dendorfer von Linsenspektrum

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