Current activities, events


Blog „Kunst zwischen Deckeln” | © BSB/Lilian Landes

Artists' books are primarily works of art. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds one of the most important collections of international artists' books and, with the foundation of a common blog, creates an international communication tool for collecting institutions, researchers, students and private collectors.

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Stern, Logo

The publishing house Gruner + Jahr commits the analogue photographic archive of the journal STERN to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich, in order to secure the long-term existence of the archive and to make it accessible to the public and to research. The donation comprises over 15 million photographs from the years 1948 to 1997 in the form of prints, negatives and slides. The archive constitutes one of the largest collections of photographs in the German language area. It is considered the visual memory of the Federal Republic of Germany and one of the most important documents of photo journalism on a worldwide scale.

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Bildausschnitt des Plakats zur Kabinettpräsentation | © BSB/Bildarchiv

1 October – 16 November 2018
Cabinet presentation of the Image Archive
The building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in the Ludwigstrasse was completed 175 years ago and thus inaugurated in 1843 – after a construction period of eleven years. King Ludwig I had commissioned the architect Friedrich von Gärtner with this project already shortly after his accession to power.

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Inspektion des Bürgermilitärs durch Herzog Max in Bayern in der Ludwigstraße, kolorierte Lithographie von Gustav Kraus von 1852 | © BSB/Bildarchiv

In August, the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has uploaded a further 1,200 images to the online catalogue. Among them are numerous recent acquisitions, such as a coloured steel engraving of the French general Louis Alexandre Berthier (1753), who was married to a Bavarian princess and niece of King Max I Joseph.

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Ausstellungsplakat | © BSB

From 20 September 2017 to 7 January 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents the book as an autonomous work of art, forming the center of its exhibition "SHOWCASE – Artists' books from the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek". The exhibition illustrates impressively the enormous differences between the artists' approaches to using the book as a form of expression. The works on display reach from the historical avant-gardes of the 20th century to conceptual artists' books of the 1960s and 1970s, and up to the present.

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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