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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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Bleilettern der Futura halbfett auf einem mit Futura halbfett ausgeführten Druck im Hintergrund | © BSB/Ana A I.

Together with students of the Institute for German Philology under the direction of Prof. Dr. Waldemar Fromm and Laura Mokrohs and with the University Library of the LMU Munich, the Division of Personal Papers (Dr. Rahel Bacher and Dr. Maximilian Schreiber) has devised and set up an extensive exhibition on Paul Renner.

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Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The city of Munich in particular celebrates the 200th birthday of Max von Pettenkofer on 3 December 2018, since the city owes its modern sewer system and the central drinking water supply to Germany's first hygienist, so that Munich was considered one of the world's cleanest cities at the end of the 19th century.

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Hermann Kaulbach an seine achtjährige Tochter Dorothea | © BSB

In the autumn of 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired an important supplement of the personal papers (Ana 652) of Hermann Kaulbach (1846 – 1909). The son of the "prince of painters" Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805 – 1874) became famous as a genre painter in particular. At the same time, he was at the centre of the Munich society. The most notable persons of his time were frequent guests at his house.

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Schrägsicht des dreidimensionalen Profils des Codex Aureus | © BSB/Clm 14000

As a result of a four-year DFG project, an online database has now been made accessible on Western and Central-Asian adorned and luxurious book bindings and covers from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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