© BSB/H.-R.Schulz

Even in a time of lockdown and social distancing, bavarikon continues offering the opportunity to experience art and culture without limitation! What is more – we are working on expanding our services continuously and are particularly pleased that we can now make available around 40,000 new content items for you in the extended collection "Books on Bavaria". This means that we have now exceeded the threshold of 300,000 digital copies!

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Ausstellungsplakat | © BSB

6 March – 21 June 2020
250 historical images from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s invite visitors to go on an exciting journey through time in Munich and its surroundings. The extraordinary photographs are from well-known Munich photographers, such as Franz Hanfstaengl, Georg Fruhstorfer, Felicitas Timpe or Heinrich Hoffmann. The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which manages the photographic legacies and image archives, offers a representative insight into the institution’s outstanding photograph collections.

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© Literaturportal Bayern

DigiLABS, the "Digitaler Literaturatlas von Bayerisch-Schwaben" has been launched online today. Being the only one of its kind within Germany, the digitization project provides a cartography of the literature landscape of the Bavarian part of Swabia. The places of activity of authors from the Bavarian-Swabian region, as well as historical sites of literature can be found marked on a digital map.

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Turnierbuch Wilhelms IV. von Bayern (1493 – 1550) | © BSB/bavarikon

bavarikon newly features around 190 lithographies. These are prints produced in the lithographic printing technique – a method developed in Munich, which revolutionised the reproduction of image materials.

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Hans VI. Tucher, Miniatur im Großen Tucherbuch, 1590 – 1606 | © Stadtarchiv Nürnberg/Inventarnummer: E29/III, 258, fol. 74r

Today, travellers have a wide range of information at their disposal, from conventional travel literature to experience reports on the Internet. But which media did travellers use in the late Middle Ages? Who was even able to travel? Pioneers of travel at that time were pilgrims. As a result, one of the most important German-language travel reports of this time is thanks to a Jerusalem pilgrim, Hans VI Tucher (1428 – 1491).

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