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Jan Tschichold – a once-in-a-century typographer? Insights into his legacy // Temporary Exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // 19 March to 8 September 2019

Although never a member of the Bauhaus movement himself, the Leipzig-born typographer and poster and book designer Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) is regarded as one of the major champions of functional typography. His works have become classics of graphic design and still inspire people today. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the German Museum of Books and Writing is temporarily exhibiting typographical milestones in the life’s work of Tschichold.
Wallstein Verlag will publish an accompanying volume on the exhibition, which can be purchased at the museum for 24.00 Euro.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 10:00–18:00, Thursday 10:00–20:00, closed Monday

Free admission

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Signs - Books - Networks: From Cuneiform to Binary Code // Permanent exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig

Designed as a "world of experience", the "Signs - Books - Networks: From Cuneiform to Binary Code" exhibition offers an insight into 5,000 years of media history. From the invention of writing to the digital age – there is so much to explore in the permanent exhibition.

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

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

Virtual exhibition "5,000 years media history online"

The virtual "5,000 years of media history online" exhibition offers a comprehensive insight into the history of media from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the present and invites you to explore each of the different theme worlds.

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A quiz on the virtual "5,000 years of media history online" exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing oft he German National Library

Quiz "5,000 years media history online"

Who cracked the code of the pharaohs? What was the name of Gutenberg's monumental magnum opus? Test your knowledge on "Scripts and writing", "Book culture" and the "Digital world" in the special quiz on the virtual "5,000 years of media history online" exhibition.

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Bahnriss?! Papier | Kultur // 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"Foto: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Stephan Jockel

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

Covering everything from rudimentary pre-industrial paper-making through to the present day, the virtual "Bahnriss?! Papier | Kultur" exhibition shows the history of paper in various chapters and provides the academic research behind the temporary exhibition of the same name online.

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Last update: 4.3.2019

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