“Perhaps it was time to set down these tales in writing, for those who should be their custodians are steadily diminishing…” – this is how the “Children’s and Household Tales” of the Brothers Grimm from the German city of Hanau begin, perhaps the most famous collection of fairy tales in the world today. The original version of 1892 contained more than 200 texts. Today the “Children’s and Household tales” is one of the most widely-read books throughout the world and is part of the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme. However, the first edition was not exactly a bestseller when it was published: hundreds of unsold copies were destroyed. It wasn’t until Wilhelm Grimm decided to publish an illustrated popular edition, the “small edition”, that it became a success.
The Book Museum of the Sächsische Landes- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB) (Saxon State and University Library) started to present the Maya-Code as early as in 1786 – however, in the end it was the American film director Roland Emmerich and his film “2012” who would draw streams of visitors not only into cinemas but also into the treasure chamber of the SLUB in Dresden. On the occasion of the German-Mexican Cultural Year the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek presents the virtual exhibition “Die Dresdner Maya-Handschrift: Prophetie und Ritual aus Yukatan” (“The Dresden Mayan Manuscript: Prophecy and Ritual from Yucatan”). The virtual exhibition, curated by Dr Thomas Haffner and Norman Köhler, illuminates history, content and significance of this for the Maya and today’s Mayan research very important document.
From Letter of Privilege to Federal Constitutional Court – a virtual exhibition for Karlsruhe’s 300th birthday
The exhibition curated by Meinrad Welker, which came into being together with the Karlsruhe Municipal Archives and FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institute of Information Infrastructure, leads the visitor through the general history of the city and emphasises features in spheres such as planning and construction, migration and internationality, mobility and energy as well as culture and innovation. For today’s seat of the Federal Constitutional Court and Federal Court of Justice it was the progressive impulses during Karlsruhe's founding which were not only to be the central theme for the history of the city, but also for this virtual exhibition.
How can we archive dance as an intangible manifestation of cultural heritage and preserve it for posterity? Due to the transient nature of this art form the issue of its storability has been exercising archivists for many years. Now, however, the digital age more than any other factor is enabling us to document the many facets of dance. This virtual exhibition sets out possibilities and problems - past and present - associated with the archiving of dance.
On myths and monuments. The research expedition of Konrad Theodor Preuss through Colombia (1913-1919)
Konrad Theodor Preuss is considered one of the greatest pioneers of modern ethnology. With his field research he was instrumental in enshrining innovative methods in his area of expertise. Exploratory research trips have now largely been supplanted by extended periods spent on location. Preuss was convinced that this approach was conducive to a better understanding of other cultures. Above all a good knowledge of local languages was key to grasping the world view of indigenous peoples. Using interpreters, he succeeded in building up textual collections of myths and songs in numerous locations in Latin America.