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"Die Ungeborenen" | COPYRIGHT ANSELM KIEFER. Photos: 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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Artistically painted Tibetan book cover, 15th/ 16th century | © BSB/ Public Relations

The collection of over 100 Tibetan book covers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been expanded by a show-piece from the 15th/ 16th century. The artistically painted specimen shows the historical Buddha with his students and characters of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Elector Karl Theodor of Palatinate-Bavaria (1724 – 1799) | © BSB/ Image Archive

21 November 2019 – 30 April 2020
Cabinet presentation from the series "Musical treasures"
With the accession to power of Elector Karl Theodor in 1778, a new epoch started also for music in Munich. The musicians of the famous Mannheim court orchestra accompanied the Elector and set new standards in the music scene in Munich. In a presentation in the hallway of the Department of Music, facsimiles of music manuscripts of the Mannheim composers are shown. In addition, there are libretti on operas, melodramas and ballets by the court musicians, first editions of printed sheet music, contemporary portraits and documentary material.

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Examples for "Tables of contents and more" in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue | © BSB

Around 1.2 million tables of contents, registers, blurbs, abstracts and more permit checking the content of scholarly book publications during your research in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue already before ordering, and thus permit ordering the desired titles in a more targeted manner.

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Coloured representations of 193 male members of the Bavarian dynasty from Bavarus to Albrecht 1546, with historical rhymes (paper manuscript) | © BSB/ Cgm 2799

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has just made its 2.5 millionth digital copy available online. Around 70 percent of its copyright-free holdings have thus been made freely accessible on the Internet. Scholars, researchers and the broad public are thus provided with fast and easy access to important treasures of culture and knowledge.

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Menu of Donisl | © Bavarian Economic Archive/ bavarikon

From a handwritten slip of paper of a Munich "Boazn" – a simple pub – to the elaborately printed "official menu" of a bourgeois traditional restaurant: As of now, bavarikon offers menus of Munich catering businesses from the time between 1888 and 1983. They form part of the archive materials of the large Munich breweries Löwenbräu and Paulanerbräu, which are kept at the Bavarian Economic Archive.

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