Current activities, events


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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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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MÜNCHEN. SCHAU her! Kalender 2020 | © BSB/Bildarchiv

On the occasion of next year’s exhibition "MUNICH. Now LOOK at that! – The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" (06/03 – 21/06/2020) we offer, for the first time, an opulent wall calendar at the special price of EUR 9.00, which is available at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and by purchase order. The calendar features partly unpublished rare photographs from our photographic archives.

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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