On the occasion of the World Book Day on 23rd April 2017, the virtual exhibition "Bahnriss?! Papier I Kultur" (Web Break?! Paper I Culture) will be launched which is based on a special exhibition that was shown in Leipzig in 2016. The exhibition, which is the result of the cooperation between the German Museum of Books and Writings of the German National Library in Leipzig and the German Digital Library, takes a close look at the eventful history of paper in 17 chapters.
“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.
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.
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.
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.