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Bildfabriken. Infografik 1920–1945. Fritz Kahn, Otto Neurath et al. // A temporary exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 8 September – 7 January 2018

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As early as 100 years ago an image-based "language" that used pictures for universal understanding was developed in typography, science and graphics. "Words separate, pictures unite," was the motto of the new visual imagery of Otto Neurath, one of the masterminds of popular infographics.

The exhibition highlights the rediscovery and profiling of the picture as a source of information and communication in the early 20th century. The main focus has been placed on the two visual concepts of Halle-based physician Fritz Kahn and Viennese science theorist Otto Neurath.. Besides publications from the rich collection of the German National Library, the exhibition features unique inventories from US and British archives. (Graphic: Kay Bachmann)

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Erfurt

Free admission
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday 10:00 – 20:00, public holidays 10:00 – 18:00
Guided tour: Thursday, 12 October, 11:00
The exhibition will run until 7 January 2018.

"Brausepulver im Nachtgeschirr" - 100 Jahre Humor in deutschen Zeitschriften // Temporary exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 21 May to 30 September 2017

"Brausepulver im Nachtgeschirr" – 100 Jahre Humor in deutschen Zeitschriften // Ausstellungseröffnung // Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig

The 20th century has gone down in history as a century of wars and criminal regimes. But an era of laughter? Humour, satire and nonsense have certainly been universally available for more than 100 years. Magazines played a central role in making entertainment affordable for the masses as a "medium of the modern age".

Low-cost publications provided a witty commentary on current developments. In deceptively harmless ways they broached subjects such as class, gender, ethnicity, power, enmity and community. In doing so, they also expressed unpleasant truths, the equivalent of putting "baking powder in the chamber pot", to loosely translate the title of the exhibition.
Harmless humour or sharp satire, ribald frivolity or silly nonsense: humour in all its popular forms can speak volumes. (Image: Alwin Freund-Beliani)

The gallery exhibition has been developed in cooperation with the Institute of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Leipzig, and is on display from 21 May to 30 September 2017.

Free admission. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00–18:00, Thursday 10:00–20:00, public holidays 10:00–18:00.

Signs - Books - Networks: From Cuneiform to Binary Code // Permanent exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing (Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum) in Leipzig

Zeichen Bücher Netze - von der Keilschrift zum Binärcode

Tally sticks, anatomy textbooks, neon signs, disguised publications, gravestones, novels or love letters: for more than 5,000 years now people have been recording their knowledge about the world, their messages and impressions using written characters. Before writing was invented, people passed information from generation to generation by word of mouth, whereas writing, book printing and computers then allowed knowledge to be stored in a lasting form. The new permanent exhibition of the Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, which was opened in a special ceremony on 13 March 2012, provides a brief history of human media based on the three media innovations.

Free admission. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday 10:00 - 20:00, public holidays 10:00 - 18:00.

to the video "Bücher-Zeichen-Netze"

Historical reproduction equipment and sound recordings from the holdings of the German Music Archive // Exhibition in the music foyer of the German National Library in Leipzig

Historical reproduction equipment and sound recordings from the holdings of the German Music Archive

The exhibition of historical sound recordings and reproduction equipment showcases a wide range of musical devices from the German Music Archive: a hot air gramophone dating from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, an automatic reproducing piano, Art Deco loudspeakers, early radio equipment, and playback equipment for digital recordings. Different sound recording techniques are illustrated in the form of wax cylinders, shellac records, vinyl records and other analogue and digital storage media, also including technical cul-de-sacs such as the Tefifon and the TeD videodisc. Forms of music notation, famous record covers and typical examples of sound recording damage are also presented.
(Photo: PUNCTUM / Alexander Schmidt)

Free admission. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 18:00. Closed: Sundays and national holidays.

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