The Idea

In 1997, Dresden-based collector Lutz Reike started his collection of teddybears, which has become the largest mobile teddy bear-exhibition in Germany in 2005.

Mr. Reike works in a museum after he got his degree (FH-Diplom) in Museology in 1994.

In 2015, he came across the fact, that Dresden and Columbus (Ohio) are twin cities since June 4, 1992, so this twinning agreement has its anniversary in 2017.

On this occasion Mr. Reike developed the idea to present his teddy bear-exhibition in Columbus (Ohio).

The history of teddy bears is a German-American story, so the exhibition involves a shared tradition as a central theme.

But Columbus will not be the only stop for the exhibition. It could, as the former German immigrants did, find its way throughout the United States, moving westward from coast to coast.

German-American cultural centers and museums in Washington (D.C.), Chicago (Illinois), Davenport (Iowa), St. Paul (Minnesota) and St. Louis (Missouri) are interested in hosting the exhibition.

Furthermore, this mobile exhibition will continue to be available to projects in Germany, Europe and beyond, after it returns from the US.

The special overseas wardrobe trunks protect the valuable objects on transport and play a major role in the exhibition’s design afterwards.