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Bahnriss?! Papier | Kultur // A virtual exhibition of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek curated by the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library

Ausschnitt eines Egoutteurs (Siebwalze); Link zur virtuellen Ausstellung "Bahnriss?! Papier | Kultur"

The virtual "Bahnriss ?! Papier | Kultur" exhibition is set to go online on 23 April 2017 to coincide with World Book Day. The exhibition takes a close look at the eventful history of the everyday material of paper. It covers everything from rudimentary pre-industrial paper-making through to water marks and disused newsprint factories. The close link between paper and culture which shaped our civilisation for centuries is being challenged by modern media. However this challenge does not necessarily herald the downfall of culture, indeed it could give rise to completely new cultural solutions.
The virtual "Bahnriss ?! Papier | Kultur" exhibition is based on the temporary exhibition of the same name which was displayed in the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig in 2016. The new digital exhibition makes the academic research accessible to a broader global audience and ensures its lasting availability. (Photo: German National Library, Stephan Jockel)

Bahnriss?! Papier | Kultur (available only in German)

Schmonzetten, Schmäh und Parodie (Melodrama, snide humour and parody) // Early 20th century word and tone poems from the German Music Archive of the German National Library on YouTube

Plakat des Apollo-Theaters: Otto Reutter und das phänomenale Mai-Programm, um 1912

The holdings of the German Music Archive contains, among other things, historical sound recordings with cabaret and satire from the 1900s to 1930s. At that time sketches and couplets, humoristic dialect poetry and parodies from the variety stages were introduced to the front parlours of a broad sector of the population on phonograph cylinders and shellac records. The aim of the current project is to bring these almost forgotten contemporary documents back into the public eye and make them accessible online.

In "Schmonzetten, Schmäh und Parodie" cabaret stars of former times such as Willy Rosen, Claire Waldoff, Otto Reutter, Max Pallenberg, Fritz Grünbaum and Paul Nikolaus ridicule, caricature and sing about people, everyday life, art and the world in general.

Arts in Exile // Virtual Exhibition and Network

Logo of "Arts in Exile"

There are many different reasons for leaving one's country, not all of which related to political persecution. The effects which such exile has on artists and the arts are equally diverse. The virtual "Arts in Exile" exhibition is dedicated to exploring these effects. The intention is to showcase the full complexity of the subject of artists in exile.

The German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library was requested by the former Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann, to assume overall control of co-ordinating the "Arts in Exile" virtual exhibition and network. The first modules of this new exhibition format went online on 18 September 2013 and they will be on display until the end of 2014. More than 30 network partners will be contributing to the continual expansion of the exhibition during this period.

5,000 years of media history online // Virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library

Plakat von 5.000 Jahre Mediengeschichte online

Tally sticks, the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs, tattoos, letters, rolling book barrels, censor lists of the Catholic church, sub-Atlantic cables, Mr Bean's trip to a medieval manuscript reading room, the toilet as a place of reading or the utopia of the universal language: the virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library provides more than 1,800 insights large and small into the history of media.

Visitors explore the eleven theme modules (also translated into English) as though moving through a web of knowledge in which selected protagonists of media history serve as tour guides on a virtual journey through time. Trenchant histories of objects, pictures, films and sound recordings are woven together to form different, highly individualistic theme worlds.

Virtual exhibition "First World War" is online

Plakat: Die beste Sparkasse: Kriegsanleihe!

Items depicting everyday life and the media of the First World War are being featured in the new online "100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg" exhibition. Including posters and war newspapers, more than 200 media objects illustrate the importance of mass media in relation to the War. Areas covered by the exhibition include propaganda and censorship. For instance, visitors can find out all about the role of children's and young people's literature in the propaganda machinery of the First World War. While ration cards and posters bear witness to the difficulties of day-to-day life in which simply finding enough to eat was a problem.
The content can be accessed via the different theme areas, but there is also a time line which provides an overview of the sequence of events in the War. There is also a glossary explaining relevant terms.

A quiz on the virtual exhibition celebrating over 5,000 years of media history

Bild zum DBSM-Quiz

Who cracked the code of the pharaohs? What was the name of Gutenberg's monumental magnum opus? Truth or fiction: An alien invasion which reached New York from New Jersey despite desperate human efforts? What is the name of the universal machine which has combined electronic work and entertainment functions since the 1980s?

The knowledge quiz based on the virtual "Signs - Books - Networks" exhibition is all about the people, objects and events associated with media history. The quiz consists of three sections, each containing ten questions. The sections focus on different aspects of book and media history: Texts and Writing, Book Culture, the Digital World. All the questions include explanatory pictures which illuminate and clarify complex issues and help players to answer the questions. Each round of questions includes the correct solution and an explanation.

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