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* 1979-1986, various: "The Art of the Muppets"
 
* 1979-1986, various: "The Art of the Muppets"
   
* Nov 1987-Jan 1988, Frankfurt: "Die Velt von Jim Henson: Muppets, Monster & Magie"
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* Nov 1987-Jan 1988, Frankfurt: "Die Welt von Jim Henson: Muppets, Monster & Magie"
   
 
* Sept 1988-??, London's Museum of the Moving Image: "The World of Jim Henson: Art & Animatronics" -- Red Book posts say this is the last stop for "The Art of the Muppets," which has now changed into "The World of Jim Henson". (We have no artifacts that just say "The World of Jim Henson".)
 
* Sept 1988-??, London's Museum of the Moving Image: "The World of Jim Henson: Art & Animatronics" -- Red Book posts say this is the last stop for "The Art of the Muppets," which has now changed into "The World of Jim Henson". (We have no artifacts that just say "The World of Jim Henson".)
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* Feb 1994-May 1994, Sausalito: "Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters & Magic"
 
* Feb 1994-May 1994, Sausalito: "Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters & Magic"
   
* June 1994-Aug 1994, Berlin: "Die Velt von Jim Henson: Muppets, Monster & Magie"
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* June 1994-Aug 1994, Berlin: "Die Welt von Jim Henson: Muppets, Monster & Magie"
   
 
* Oct 1994-Jan 1995, Warrington: "The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic"
 
* Oct 1994-Jan 1995, Warrington: "The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic"

Latest revision as of 16:52, February 3, 2018

Okay, this is super complicated. :) I'll share what I know so far. This info is based on three Jim's Red Book posts (June 1979, Oct 1985, Sept 1988) and the artifacts pictured on The Art of the Muppets (exhibit) and Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters and Magic.

There are four names used for these exhibits:

  • The Art of the Muppets
  • The World of Jim Henson: Art & Animatronics
  • The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic (also in German)
  • Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters & Magic

As far as I can tell, these names overlap each other.

  • 1979-1986, various: "The Art of the Muppets"
  • Nov 1987-Jan 1988, Frankfurt: "Die Welt von Jim Henson: Muppets, Monster & Magie"
  • Sept 1988-??, London's Museum of the Moving Image: "The World of Jim Henson: Art & Animatronics" -- Red Book posts say this is the last stop for "The Art of the Muppets," which has now changed into "The World of Jim Henson". (We have no artifacts that just say "The World of Jim Henson".)
  •  ??? 3 unverified dates posted - London's MOMI 1989 (GonzosNoze), Scotland 1989 (MuppetDanny), London Ontario 1990 (Zanimum) -- no artifacts, titles unconfirmed.
  • March 1990-Sept 1990, West Yorkshire: "Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters & Magic"
  •  ??? Nothing between Sept 1990 and Feb 1994
  • Feb 1994-May 1994, Sausalito: "Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters & Magic"
  • June 1994-Aug 1994, Berlin: "Die Welt von Jim Henson: Muppets, Monster & Magie"
  • Oct 1994-Jan 1995, Warrington: "The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic"
  • May 1995-Sept 1995, London MOMI again: "Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters & Magic"

So it's hard to separate these. I think there are several possibilities, none of them very good.

Explanation #1. "The Art of the Muppets" starts in 1979, changes to "The World of Jim Henson: Art & Animatronics" in 1988, closes late 88 or early 89. A separate, overlapping exhibit, "The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic," (sometimes called "JH's Muppet Monsters & Magic") debuts in Germany in 1987, runs through 1995. This explanation means that the first exhibit used two names, and there's a second exhibit that overlapped by a year or two.

Explanation #2. "The Art of the Muppets" starts in 1979, changes to "The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic" in Germany in 1987, changes again to "The World of Jim Henson: Art & Animatronics" in 1988, closes late 88 or early 89. A separate exhibit, "The World of Jim Henson: Muppets Monsters & Magic" (sometimes "JH's Muppets Monsters & Magic"), starts in 1990 and runs to 1995. This explanation means that the first exhibit used three names (Art of Ms, TWOJH:MM&M, TWOJH:A&A), the second used two names (TWOJH:MM&M, JH'sM&M).

Explanation #3. There's really just one exhibit, which ran from 1979 to 1995, sometimes changing names back and forth starting in 1987. This is contradicted by Karen F's repeated references in Red Book to the original exhibit closing at London's MOMI in 1988.

I don't know what to do with all this. Anybody have ideas?

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