Current activities, events


Fotogeschichten zu ausgewählten Bildern der Ausstellung | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Use our photo stories to take a look at selected images of the exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" and find out about some interesting facts and anecdotes.

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© BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its research reading rooms as of Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in a limited way, subject to prior registration and in compliance with the respectively required hygiene measures. The Aventinus Reading Room, the Reading Room Music/ Maps/ Images, the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books and the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room will be opened (Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 in each case).

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Gütesiegel „Certified Licensor“ des BVPA | © Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter

The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the seal of quality "Certified Licensor" of the Federal Association of Professional Image Providers (Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter; BVPA) at the beginning of the year. This means that the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with its collection now grown to 17 million images, has become a member of the circle of big picture agencies, such as mauritius images or bpk.

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#2019Bestnine auf Instagram | © BSB

We are pleased about the 10,587 likes we have received for our 108 posts in the year 2019 on our Instagram account @bsbmuenchen.

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„Die Ungeborenen“ | COPYRIGHT ANSELM KIEFER. Fotos: BSB/L. Landes

The Directors General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dr. Klaus Ceynowa and Dr. Dorothea Sommer, were delighted to take a look at the artist’s book created in 2002, for which Anselm Kiefer treated photographs with ash and lead. "Die Ungeborenen" – the unborn – are all children who were aborted, never begotten or those who will be born in the future. The prominent recent acquisition joins a further Libri Selecti of the artist: The large-format "Euridike" came to the collection of artists’ books almost 30 years ago.

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  • 27 – 28 April 2017
    Annual conference of the working group of public-sector image archives and Land media centers
    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich, Friedrich-von-Gärtner Saal
    Programme  (PDF, 129 KB)

Participation in conferences

  • Conference of the working group of image archives, Marburg, April 2016
  • Participation in Archive Day, 8 March 2016 – Deutsches Museum Munich: Introduction of the collections and presentation of objects on "Mobility in transition"
  • Conference of the working group of image archives, Dresden, April 2015
  • Launch of DigiPortA, April 2015

Exhibitions and presentations

Images, images, images

Virtual exhibition on the photographic archives of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

To the virtual exhibition
The architect Tino Walz in the Fountain Courtyard of the Residence destroyed by the war, Munich, 1945 (Photographic archive Tino Walz) | © BSB/ Image Archive


Picture credits
Images, images, images | © BSB/ Image Archive