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Lutz Görner present Ludwig van Beethoven: his life, his music // Piano: Nadia Singer // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Saturday, 22 November 2014, 19:30

Foto von Lutz Görner und Nadia Singer

After covering Liszt, Chopin and Wagner, Lutz Görner is now devoting his new stage presentation to the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Lutz Görner explores Beethoven's life on the basis of letters and quotations from the composer himself, but also those of his contemporaries Liszt, Chopin und Czerny, Bettina Brentano, Grillparzer and Goethe in an attempt to discover the man behind the composer. Nadia Singer, prize-winner of the International Rachmaninov Competition for young pianists, will be playing the early piano music of Ludwig van Beethoven but also some forward-looking works such as the "Appassionata" and the "Moonlight Sonata".

Tickets can be purchased in advance for EUR 24 from the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main. On the door EUR 28.
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Künstlerbücher transatlantisch – zwischen Kunst und Medium // Colloquium 4th and 5th December 2014 // German National Library in Leipzig

Künstlerbücher transatlantisch – zwischen Kunst und Medium

Artist books are attracting increasing attention, and not only in terms of library and museum tasks. In their cultural complexity as a medium and as works of art, they pose special challenges with regard to their academic cataloguing, storage, publication and presentation. The Initiative Fortbildung für wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen e.V. (IF) and the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library are organising a transatlantic colloquium entitled "American and German Libraries and Archives & the Contemporary Artist’s Book" to be held at the German National Library in Leipzig.

The colloquium has been made possible through financial support from BI-International, Initiative Fortbildung and Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB).

The German-American colloquium provides an ideal platform for partnerships and networks; these are of particular significance within the context of an interdisciplinary genre such as artist books.

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Jan Seghers: Die Sterntaler-Verschwörung // Book launch // Reading: Matthias Koeberlin // Hosted by: Heiner Boehncke // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 20:00

Cover des Buches: Jan Seghers: Die Sterntaler-Verschwörung

"Die Sterntaler-Verschwörung" is the new Frankfurt detective novel by Jan Seghers alias Matthias Altenburg. The fifth case of Chief Inspector Marthaler is set in 2008. The Hessian state elections end in stalemate. The expansion of Frankfurt Airport is at stake - one of the largest construction projects in post-War Germany. Wherever so much money is involved, crime is never far away. Extracts from the novel will be read by Matthias Koeberlin, who plays Marthaler on TV, and the interview with Jan Seghers will be conducted by Heiner Boehncke.
Organised in partnership with the Kindler publishing house and the Schutt bookshop

Admission EUR 12.00. Ticket sales and reservations: or call: +49-69-435173


Revised version of the Conditions of Use of the German National Library // Longer loan periods

Bücherausgabe der DNB Frankfurt am Main

The Administrative Council of the German National Library has adopted and applied a revised version of the library's conditions of use. The main changes include:

The loan renewal period has been doubled to two times 14 days in response to frequently expressed requests from users. The total loan period is now therefore six weeks (= 42 days) instead of the previous 28 days.

A rule has been introduced for special library and archive items which can now be loaned for longer periods in individual cases.

The section regarding users' right to copy, photograph or scan works or documents using their own equipment has been revised. The general restriction has been lifted, and instead users are now expressly alerted to any copyright stipulations and preservation requirements which may apply.


"Exil Online" wins "Kinder zum Olymp!" competition // Award presented by Federal President Joachim Gauck

Kinder zum Olymph

The "Exil Online. Archiv erlebenExil entdeckenGeschichte verstehen" cooperation project between the I.E. Lichtigfeldschule im Philanthropin school in Frankfurt and the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library has won a "Kinder zum Olymp!" award. Pupils in years 5 to 9 impressed the jury in the literature section of the competition, which is organised by the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the motto of which is "Schulen kooperieren mit Kultur". The award was presented on 19 September in the presence of its patron, Federal President Joachim Gauck.
For the "Junges Museum" section of the virtual "Künste im Exil" exhibition, which the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 has been instrumental in organising, the pupils explored historical testimonies on the premises of the archive. The results of the project work - an exhibition module consisting of texts, photographs and videos concerning the complex historical phenomenon of exile - can be viewed at the click of a mouse. (Photo: Kulturstiftung der Länder)


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.


5,000 years of media history online // The first virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library goes online.

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 first 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.


Illustrierte Idylle? Die Gartenlaube: Gesichter eines Massenblattes // Gallery exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing // 8 November 2013 to 11 January 2015

 Die Gartenlaube mit der Welt der Frau, Plakat nach Entwurf von Paul Scheurich (Ausschnitt)

The German Museum of Books and Writing is presenting the "Illustrierte Idylle? Die Gartenlaube: Gesichter eines Massenblattes" exhibition in the vault of the German National Library in Leipzig.

When the Leipzig publisher Ernst Keil announced the publication of his "new publication for the home and family, .. for the young and old, for everybody..." 160 years ago, scarcely anyone was able to foresee the success and significance which Die Gartenlaube would later enjoy. Who would have thought that it would lay the foundations for the development of the modern glossy magazine? Through the Gartenlaube pictures, which occupy a special place in German press history, the gallery exhibition explores the production techniques and different facets of the mass-circulation publication.


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.


Additional Information

Due to maintenance work the gallery exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing "Illustrierte Idylle? Die Gartenlaube: Gesichter eines Massenblattes" will remain closed from 27 until 30 October 2014.

The underground car park and delivery area can only be accessed via Cronstettenstrasse, Frankfurt am Main due to construction work.

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