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Karl-Preusker-Medaille | © Bibliothek & Information Deutschland

The umbrella organisation of the German library associations, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) e. V., awards the Karl Preusker Medal 2017 to the Executive Library Director Dr. Claudia Fabian, Head of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Wolfgang Sawallisch 1956 in München | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the musical estate of the conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923 – 2013). The personal papers include a large number of conductor's and pocket scores with handwritten entries by Sawallisch and sound recordings, in addition to music manuscripts of his own works.

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Entsäuerungsaktion der Handbibliothek Osteuropa | © BSB/S. Liebich

A large part of the reference library on Eastern Europe (Hbost) is currently being deacidificated and will consequently be unavailable for a period of presumably two months.

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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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