The history of Lübeck’s Museum of Theatre Puppets is the story of Fritz and Saraswathi Fey. Without them, there wouldn’t be this museum.
Fritz Fey jun. was born in 1940 and grew up in a family of puppeteers. Very early on in his life, he came to know the fascination that puppet theater and puppeteers have on all of us. He was not a puppeteer himself, but a cameraman for TV documentaries; however, the puppet theater never let him go. Professionally, he has traveled to every continent. On these trips, he indulged himself in his hobby in every spare minute he had: he collected theatre puppets wherever he could get them and was excited about the diversity of their means of expression in various theatre traditions. His collection grew permanently.
In 1982, he was given the opportunity to exhibit a part of his findings in the historical building that still holds them today. The city of Lübeck, the Possehl Foundation, the booster club, Ms. Lisa Dräger, Mr. Harvey Dräger, as well as other sponsors enabled the establishment and the expansion of the museum. Meanwhile, Lübeck’s Museum of Theatre Puppets is not only well-known in Lübeck, but also internationally renowned.
Saraswathi Fey was the “heart and soul” of the museum until the end of 2011. She used to be a classical dancer in her home country India and has worked in various countries. In Europe, she eventually met Fritz Fey und was infected by his passion for puppet theatre. They married in 1991. Her husband’s lifetime achievements she made her own.
The Museum of Theatre Puppets non-profit GmbH
Together with the Possehl-Stiftung, Fritz Fey founded a non-profit GmbH in 2005. The name of the museum was changed from Puppentheater Museum Lübeck (Museum of Puppets) to TheaterFigurenMuseum (Museum of Theatre Puppets).
Mr. and Mrs. Fey retired at the end of 2011. The Possehl-Stiftung has since been the sole associate of the Museum of Theatre Puppets non-profit GmbH.
The Museum of Theatre Puppets is thematically related to the prestigious special collections of the Munich City Museum and the Puppet Theatre Collection of Dresden’s State Art Collections, and is an integral part of Lübeck’s museum landscape. Our museum is supported by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Cultural Foundation of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, and through the Possehl-Stiftung as an associate.