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"Das Jahrhundert der Manns" // Reading by Manfred Flügge // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 19:00

Buchcover: "Das Jahrhundert der Manns" von Manfred Flügge

Manfred Flügge tells the story of the Manns, including the Dohm and Pringsheim branches of the family. He juxtaposes the political ideas and actions and the key literary works of the Mann family with their personal and contemporary developments. As the result of Thomas Mann's efforts to humanise myths, he and his family themselves became a monument of German cultural history. Despite all the conflicts and misunderstandings, Germany has benefitted in many ways from the Manns and their works. How opinions of this productive yet provocative family changed - from the publication of the first novels of the Mann brothers in 1901 through to the broadcast of the "Die Manns" TV series in 2001 - always revealed something about the current situation in Germany. (Cover: Aufbau Verlag)

Free admission. Contact to reserve a place

"Der Wiener Kongress. Das große Fest und die Neuordnung Europas" // Author Eberhard Straub in conversation with Eberhard Nembach // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 19:30

Buchcover "Eberhard Straube: Der Wíener Kongress"

There was doubtless much dancing during the Congress of Vienna 200 years ago, but there was also a great deal of work to do. In conversation with Eberhard Nembach (hr-INFO), Eberhard Straub examines the negotiations between the European rulers present in Vienna, revealing the common interests and the conflicts in their struggle to find a secure post-war order. However, he also explores the Congress as a social event, including all the bustling cafés and ballrooms. Political theorist Carsten Rauch will start the evening with a description of the events of the time, and by asking the question: does Europe need a new Congress of Vienna?

The "Krieg und Freiheit. Franzosenzeit und Befreiungskriege in der Rhein-Main-Region 1792 - 1815" exhibition accompanying the event will be on display in the foyer of the German National Library. Introduction to the exhibition at 18:30.

Organised in cooperation with Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, KulturRegion FrankfurtRheinMain, Klett-Cotta and hr-iNFO.

Free admission, contact to make reservations


"European Heritage Day" events // Annex building of the German National Library in Leipzig // Sunday 13 September 2015, 10:00 to 15:00

Plakat zum Tag des offenen Denkmals 2015

Historical printing machines, gramophones, an automatic grand piano or traditional bookbinding techniques - "Craftsmanship, Technology, Industry" are topics which are frequently encountered at the German National Library. Join us on a journey of discovery:
Where and how are all the many books and journals stored? Guided tours of the stacks (10:00 to 14:00, every half-hour, max. group size 20 per tour, free tickets issued on the day)
Traditional book craftsmanship: Demonstrations and hands-on activities (10:00 to 15:00)
Hidden treasures - machines, quills and pulp troughs: Guided tours of the cultural history collection of the German Museum of Books and Writing (10:15 and 13:15)
Guided tour of the permanent exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing (11:45)
How did our great-grandparents listen to music? Demonstration of historical music reproduction devices in the German Music Archive (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30)

Meeting place: Museum foyer, free admission.


"geschrieben – gesetzt" // Presentation marking the award of the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Leipzig 2015 to Jan Philipp Reemtsma // 27 June to 31 October 2015

Blick in die Ausstellung "geschrieben - gesetzt"

In an exhibition entitled "geschrieben – gesetzt" the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library is presenting a small selection of publications which have been financed, supported, initiated, supervised, edited or written by Jan Philipp Reemtsma.

The main focus of the exhibition will be on the typographers and book designers who gave the texts their unique appearance, clothing the thoughts contained in them through the aesthetic use of typography, type areas, book covers and jackets. What they produced represents a multiform contribution to book culture in Germany at the end of the 20th and the start of the 21st century.

Jan Philipp Reemtsma - patron, academic, author and editor, and initiator of text editions and memorial sites - will be honoured with the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Leipzig 2015 for the major editions he has been instrumental in publishing. His judiciously chosen support decides in many cases on the survival or otherwise of literary editions - and therefore on the continued existence of texts.


SchriftBild. Russische Avantgarde // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 5 June to 4 October 2015

A. Rodtschenko. Entwurf für das Abzeichen „Dobroljot“ (= „Gutflieger“). 1923. Papier, Gouache. Archiv von A. Rodtschenko und W. Stepanowa, Moskau

The exhibition provides an insight into an unprecedented experiment. The design revolution launched by the Russian avant-garde at the start of the 20th century, which remains style-defining to this day, still has the capacity to surprise with its unmistakable modernity and "vigour". In posters, books, graphic art and paintings the show portrays the experimental way in which language, script and images were handled, the synthesis of which helped break down established boundaries between genres and create a new world of signs and symbols. This European culture set standards and its craftsmanlike imagination earned it great admiration. The artists, including Vladimir Mayakovsky, Pavel Tretyakov, Natalia Goncharova and others, created visualised poetry.

The exhibition is being staged in cooperation with the State Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSIZO and renowned Russian museums such as the State Museum of Mayakovsky and the Russian State Library, which have loaned a number of hitherto unexhibited works. The exhibition also represents a high point in the "Year of German-Russian Literature" initiated by the Federal Foreign Office.


"Kafka im Künstlerbuch" (Kafka art book) // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig // 11 March to 18 October 2015

Kafka im Künstlerbuch

Little known during his lifetime and on the list of "undesirable" authors after 1933 in Germany, the work of Franz Kafka (1883-1924) only came to world fame after the Second World War. The texts of the great, German-speaking author are still as current today as they were then, and have been interpreted many times in literature and visual art.

The gallery exhibition is devoted to book designers, illustrators and typographers, who have grappled with the cryptic and whimsical texts of the Prague author in art books, drawings, comic strips and written creations. The focus is on the seven works of Kafka, which he, himself, approved for publication: "Das Urteil" (The Judgement), "Der Heizer" (The Stoker), "Die Verwandlung" (The Metamorphosis), "In der Strafkolonie" (In the Penal Colony), "Ein Hungerkünstler" (A Hunger Artist) "Betrachtung" (Contemplation), "Ein Landarzt" (A Country Doctor).

The show is also a reminder of Kafka's successful visit to Leipzig on 29 June 1912, when he met publishers Ernst Rowohlt and Kurt Wolff for the first time.


Question round to mark the 130th anniversary of the German Museum of Books and Writing // 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.


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.


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.


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