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"Der unsichtbare Pianist" // Historical reproducing grand piano concert // German Music Archive of the German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 18:00

Rollenklavier Deutsches Musikarchiv

We are often fascinated by what we cannot see. A good example is the mechanical Steck "Duo-Art" reproducing grand piano built in 1925 which plays music without any visible performer. In this early form of mechanical sound recording, a pianist's performance was recorded on a paper roll which could then - when inserted into a suitable instrument - reproduce the music.

Experience works by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Ravel – some played by major pianists of the early 20th century, some by the composers themselves.
Between the individual pieces we provide information on interesting aspects of the instrument, the piano rolls, the works and their performers. (Photo: German National Library, Stephan Jockel)

Free admission
Meeting place: Foyer of the old building

Call for Papers // Annual meeting of Gesellschaft für Exilforschung // Theme: Exile archives and museums // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 13 to 15 September 2018

Koffer aus dem Deutschen Exilarchiv 1933–1945

In most cases, exile, flight and migration constitute cross-border changes of location which inevitably involve more than one country. Such migrations leave their mark not only on the people who leave, but also the inanimate witnesses that accompany them, that are created, picked up, lost or left behind during the exile journey. As institutions which collect, preserve and exhibit such objects, archives and museums have a special significance and responsibility in the context of the history of exile and migration. The heritage of exile is preserved by many different institutions, including the German National Library and its German Exile Archive 1933-1945, which has committed itself to the collection and safeguarding of inanimate witnesses of exile.

The aim of the interdisciplinary conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (Society for Exile Research) is to present and discuss historical (archive) case studies in the context of overarching cultural science archive theories and recent concepts of digitally networked archives or exile museums and exhibitions.

Abstracts for the conference can be submitted until 31 January 2018.
Information for submissions (available only in German)

Universal. Reclams Jahrhundertidee – Leipzig 1867 bis 1990 // Temporary exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // 27 October 2017 to 3 June 2018

Reclam braucht keine Reklame

Launched in 1867 in Leipzig, the Reclam Universal-Bibliothek (RUB) is at the heart of what the Reclam publishing house stands for and its modern idea of offering "literature for all". Low prices in combination with large print runs resulted in very wide distribution for the works. The German Museum of Books and Writing is devoting an exhibition to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the company by Anton Philipp Reclam.

Starting with the "Classic year" of 1867, selected exhibits from the Leipzig production premises – mostly items from the collection of Dr. habil. Hans-Jochen Marquardt, Halle (Saale) – highlight aspects of book design, technical production and marketing techniques, but also the topics of serviceman libraries or RUB in the German Democratic Republic.

Free admission
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday 10:00 – 20:00, national holidays 10:00 - 18:00
The exhibition will run from 27 October 2017 until 3 June 2018.

Additional Information


The German National Library will be closed from 24 December 2017 until 1 January 2018 at both locations.

The exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will open from 10:00 to 18:00 on 27 to 30 December 2017.

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