War and peace, joy and sorrow – Part III of the exhibition "God, the world and Bavaria" presents treasures from the regional State Libraries of the 17th to the 20th century

Starting in the treasure vaults of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on 15 April, the third part of the exhibition "God, the world and Bavaria" tells about "war and peace, joy and sorrow". The exhibits are from the collections of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria, including a filigree silver binding crafted by a goldsmith from Augsburg, a caricature by E. T. A. Hofmann from his time in Bamberg, a handwritten letter by Bertolt Brecht to his childhood sweetheart, as well as a little wartime cookbook from Regensburg of 1915.

The exhibition also features collector's items which are rather unusual for libraries. From Aschaffenburg, there is a figurine of the Chinese god of longevity, Shou Lao (18th century), from Bamberg there is a foldable fan with an apparently far eastern drawing (18th century) and from Dillingen, there is a collection of cameos in book form (18th century). The interplay of war and peace is illustrated by exhibits relating to the Peace of Westphalia, such as the "Kinderfriedensfest" in Augsburg, and by documents from the devastating world wars of the 20th century. The little wartime cookbook by Marie Buchmeier gives eloquent testimony to the extreme shortages from which the population suffered during the First World War. An album with caricatural watercolours by a Polish inmate created in the camp of Mauthausen/ Gusen during the Second World War evocatively illustrates the everyday camp life of forced labourers exploited by the defence industry.

The exhibition "God, the World and Bavaria – 100 treasures from the regional State Libraries of Bavaria" presents one hundred highlights from the collections of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria, for the first time all brought together in one place, until 7 July 2019.

The ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria are directly subordinated to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. They are the State Libraries of Amberg, Ansbach, Neuburg an der Donau, Passau and Regensburg, the Court Library Aschaffenburg, the State and City Library of Augsburg, the State Library of Bamberg, the Regional State Library Coburg and the College Library Dillingen. As academic libraries, they serve to provide their regions with information and literature, and to secure, conserve and maintain valuable historical holdings. The libraries safeguard valuable manuscripts and early printed works, outstanding special collections and important collections of personal papers. By being responsible for a particular region, collecting as comprehensively as possible publications that are created there or are related to the region with regard to content, the libraries thus fulfil a substantial cultural-political function.

17 October 2018 – 13 January 2019
Medieval manuscripts and printed works up to the Reformation

21 January 2019 – 7 April 2019
From the Orient and the Occident. Books, maps, globes of the 16th and 17th century

15 April 2019 – 7 July 2019
War and peace, joy and sorrow. Collection objects of the 17th to the 20th century

Further information about the exhibition, guided tours, the supporting programme, as well as the virtual exhibition can be found at

Opening hours
Monday through Friday 11:00 – 18:00, Sunday 13:00 – 17:00
Closed on bank holidays

Admission free

On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue has been published, which can be purchased for € 19.00 (sales price on site, at the exhibition).
With the kind support of the association Förderer und Freunde der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek e. V.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Underground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, station Von-der-Tann-Strasse

Reproducible press images can be downloaded here:
Photo credits / All rights: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Press release for download
Press release  (PDF, 138 KB)  (in German)


Dr. Bettina Wagner
Staatsbibliothek Bamberg (Bamberg State Library)
Phone:  +49 951 95503-112

Dr. Bernhard Lübbers
Staatliche Bibliothek Regensburg (Regensburg State Library)
Phone:  +49 941 630806-0

Peter Schnitzlein
Press and Public Relations, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2429


About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:
Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. Holding around 33 million media, the library forms part of the most important heritage institutions worldwide. With more than 2.3 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad variety of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.