Age of Iron

Age of Iron

Europe in the Heart of the 30 Years' War

Those who lived through it called it "the Age of Iron". Today, we know it as the Thirty Years’ War.

In 2018 the citizens of Europe will jointly commemorate a special anniversary that still defines the modern European state system – the start of the Thirty Years‘ War, which raged from 1618 to 1648. Even 400 years ago, our fellow men and women – Catholics and Protestants across Europe – experienced and understood this war to be a multination event of great magnitude. The European dimension of this con ict presents a core reason and a fantastic opportunity to organise an international media event that is educational and emotionally engaging as well as doing justice to this period in history.

With “AGE OF IRON” we want to re-tell the story of an important period that fundamentally shaped how Europe, its religion, culture and identity developed, and we will do so by creating an exciting interaction between television, internet and museum events. “AGE OF IRON” is a major 360° project made up of a 6 x 52’ documentary drama series, a 3 x 40’ drama series. An innovative mobile app and a historical novel, both of which will supplement an international exhibition.

In the 17th century, for the first time in the history of mankind, a generation of painters and illustrators started to develop a visual mass medium: genre art – the pictorial representation of scenes and events from everyday life. The artists visualised the world they lived in all its facets: markets, domestic settings, interiors, parties, inn scenes, street scenes, and many more. The visual memory of the 17th century will form the artistic and creative core of our project.

“AGE OF IRON” is designed to offer viewers an emotional access to this seemingly opaque and very distant period of time. Using animated paintings (one step from virtual reality) and drama sequences, the series will build a bridge between “now” and “then” and enable viewers to dive into everyday life during the Thirty Years’ War.