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We offer exponats for exhibitions to museums, galleries and documentation centres. That's why we tell our books more and more often: "Off to the museum!". It's great to see how fantastically our small and large treasures are presented there!

"Mit Feuer zu strafen! Hexenwerk und Teufelsbund im Aachener Raum"

[This content is not available in "Englisch" yet] Titelblatt von Johannes Wier: De Praestigiis Daemonum : = Von Teuffelsgespenst, Zauberern vnd Gifftbereytern/ Schwartzkünstlern/ Hexen vnd Unholden/ darzu irer Straff : ..., 1586, Signatur: GBX104+E

CENTRE CHARLEMAGNE - New Aachen City Museum


Exhibition duration: 4 November 2023 to 17 March 2024

The exhibition "Mit Feuer zu strafen! Hexenwerk und Teufelsbund im Aachener Raum"  uses around 160 exhibits to shed light on the background to the persecution of witches from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period. The presentation includes original prints, paintings, film and music clips, photographs and replicas of instruments of torture and aims to give the victims a face. The belief in magic and witchcraft has existed since ancient times, but reached a destructive dimension in Europe in the late Middle Ages. The religiously motivated witch hunts claimed between 50,000 and 60,000 lives in Europe, most of them women. The trials spread rapidly and torture, originally intended as a means of "finding the truth", became a cruel public spectacle.

Witch trials also took place in Aachen in the 17th century.

Despite their historical contextualisation, witch hunts are not a thing of the past today. Women and children are still being persecuted, tortured and killed as alleged witches in 44 countries around the world.

(Source: Exhibition website)

Our loan for this exhibition:

Johannes Wier: De Praestigiis Daemonum : = Von Teuffelsgespenst, Zauberern vnd Gifftbereytern/ Schwartzkünstlerlern/ Hexen vnd Unholden/ darzu irer Straff : ..., 1586, Signatur:

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The loan comes from the collection: Gymnasialbibliothek

Exhibition poster "Wunder - Wissen - Wandel" (Wonder - Knowledge - Change) with the kind permission of the Stadt- und Landständearchiv in Kloster Wedinghausen

„Wunder - Wissen - Wandel. Wedinghausen 1173 - 2023"


Exhibition duration: 24 October to 17 December 2023

WONDER, KNOWLEDGE, CHANGE: The 850-Year History of Wedinghausen Abbey

The exhibition presents the 850-year history of Wedinghausen Abbey from its mysterious beginnings and exquisite works of book art to the present day with the question of the possibilities and limits of AI.

Our loan for this exhibition:

Rham, Richard: Isagoge in universam Christiani hominis sapientiam : qua vitae & mortis contemptus docetur. Item Isagoge in vitam sobriam & rectam valetudinis curam, Coloniae Agrippinae : à Brachel, 1634.
Signatur: 1N1015


Graphic: © Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

SHOUT-OUT to the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum with its fantastic exhibition


where we are allowed to be a cooperation partner!

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

Exhibition duration: 17 March to 29 April 2023


With its pop-up bar "BAR/RIKADE", the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum commemorates the protests and barricade fights for democratic rights, civil rights and the beginning of the women's movement 175 years ago in Cologne.
In addition, there is a free event programme with concerts, DJ parties, revolutionary song evenings and even open-stage actions!

All the information about the exhibition and live events POP-UP! "BAR/RIKADE" >>


  • The exhibition features a facsimile of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto with its famous first sentence "A spectre is haunting Europe - ...". The booklet comes from the Sammlung Hermann Heinrich Becker - a comrade-in-arms of Marx, later Lord Mayor of the city of Cologne and already known during his lifetime (1820-1885) as "the red Becker" also because of his red hair.
  • In our GreenTeam corner in the foyer, we display an original pamphlet on the electoral law of 1848: "Declaration of the Deputation of the Bürgerschaft der Stadt Köln".
  • Because you shouldn't miss the POP-UP! BAR/RIKADE with 19(!) live events!


Photo: © Bundeskunsthalle, Ausstellungsplakat

In the Kaleidoscope of Modernity"


Exhibition period: 1 April to 30 July 2023


The 1920s are considered a period of upheaval and experimentation in Western modernism. The radicality of this epoch still lends it a remarkable topicality in the 21st century. Like a kaleidoscope, our exhibition brings together the diversity of images and voices to form new constellations that sharpen the viewer's eye for the uniqueness as well as for the analogies to today. On the one hand, the decade was marked by a profound disruption, on the other hand, there was an unbroken belief in progress and an unprecedented surge of innovation in all areas of life. Wide-ranging artist networks, social upheavals, political divergences, mass communication and mobility contributed to the formation of urban, multicultural avant-gardes. It was an era of contrasts and conflicts.
(Source: exhibition text Bundeskunsthalle)

Our loan for this exhibition:

  • Hans Severus Ziegler: Entartete Musik : eine Abrechnung, Düsseldorf : Völkischer Verl., 1938, Signatur: K16/1882


Poster: Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum Grefrath ©

"What was it actually like? History in games"

Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum Grefrath

Exhibition duration: 12 March to 10 September 2023

The current special exhibition of the Open Air Museum explores the presence of history in social and video games. The development of games with historical references began after the Second World War and continues today. Games of different genres use historical events as a starting point, but often mix fiction and history and give historical events an alternative course. The exhibition poses the question of how much history should be in games and should they only serve as an entertaining setting or also as a means of conveying historical facts? From board and card games to role-playing games and digital games, the exhibition shows how history has influenced games since the 19th century.
(Text: Exhibition website)

Our loan for the special exhibition of the open-air museum comes from the collection "Bibliothek der Familie Gustav von Mevissen":

Bernhard von Reisswitz: Anleitung zur Darstellung militairischer Manöver mit dem Apparat des Kriegs-Spieles, 1824. XII, 59 S. Signatur: M2/77


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  • The title page of the First Folio. Pictured is a portrait of Shakespeare. Enlarged view:
    First Folio: The famous Shakespeare portrait on the title page
  • An enumeration of 36 dramas on old paper, in historical script. Enlarged view:
    36 plays printed in London by his fellow actors John Heminges and Henry Condell seven years after Shakespeare's death.
  • A list of actors, in historical script. Enlarged view:
    Actors list: William Shakespeare first, John Heminges third and Henry Condell eighth.
  • A photo of the First Folio digitisation process. Enlarged view:
    For the anniversary, we have digitised our issue.

THE WHOLE DRAMA - Shakespeares „First Folio“ (1623)

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

Exhibition duration: 3 March - 11 June 2023

William Shakespeare's legendary first complete edition is celebrating its 400th birthday. The exhibition "The Whole Drama" now features our First Folio edition, which is one of the top class I editions. The exhibition has been created in cooperation with the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, the Theatre Studies Collection and the University and City Library of Cologne. In addition, there is a supporting programme with readings, theatre, music and a Shakespeare dinner. You can find the FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME for the anniversary under:

To mark the anniversary, we have digitised our valuable copy and are making it available on an open access platform. "First Folio Compared" is intended to enable a literary comparison of different copies and will go online in 2023.

  1. Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories and tragedies : Publ. according to the true copies. London: Jaggard & Blount, 1623, Signatur: 1P495


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  • A black-and-white photo of a soldier with the red writing "Hände weg vom Ruhrgebiet! Die Ruhrbesetzung 1923-1925 Ruhr Museum auf Zollverein in Essen vom 12.1-27.8.2023". Enlarged view:
    Poster for the special exhibition "Hände weg vom Ruhrgebiet! Die Ruhrbesetzung 1923-1925", © Ruhr Museum; Gestaltung: Uwe Loesch
  • Black and white photo of 2 soldiers and a pedestrian. One soldier is holding a gun. The photo has the red writing "Hände weg vom Ruhrgebiet! Die Ruhrbesetzung 1923-1925 Ruhr Museum auf Zollverein. Enlarged view:
    Poster for the special exhibition "Hände weg vom Ruhrgebiet! Die Ruhrbesetzung 1923-1925", © Ruhr Museum; Gestaltung: Uwe Loesch
  • Photo from the exhibition at the Ruhr Museum. Enlarged view:
    View into the exhibition"Hände weg vom Ruhrgebiet! Die Ruhrbesetzung 1923-1925", Copyright: Ruhr Museum; Fotograf: Christoph Sebastian
  • Photo from the exhibition at the Ruhr Museum. Enlarged view:
    View into the exhibition "Hände weg vom Ruhrgebiet! Die Ruhrbesetzung 1923-1925", Copyright: Ruhr Museum; Fotograf: Christoph Sebastian

"Hands off the Ruhr! The Ruhr Occupation 1923-1925"

Ruhr Museum, Essen, 21-metres-level
Exhibition duration: 12 January - 27 August 2023

"Am 11. Januar 1923 begann die Ruhrbesetzung, die als ein „Nachspiel“ des Ersten Weltkriegs begriffen werden kann. In den ersten Monaten dieses Jahres blickte das gesamte Land gebannt auf das Ruhrgebiet. Zehntausende belgische und französische Soldaten besetzten von Westen her die Region, die bis dahin nicht direkt vom „Großen Krieg“ betroffen war. Die Okkupation kam einer regelrechten Kriegsbesetzung gleich, da die Besatzer mit Infanterie, Kavallerie, Panzern, Fahrradverbänden sowie Maschinengewehr-Einheiten in die Städte des Reviers einrückten. Der Grund des Einmarsches bestand in ausgebliebenen Reparationslieferungen, die Deutschland an Frankreich und Belgien im Zuge des Versailler Vertrags leisten musste. [...]
Die Ausstellung spannt einen Bogen vom Einmarsch der Truppen im Januar 1923 bis zu den Feierlichkeiten aus Anlass des Abzugs 1925. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei die Erfahrungen der einheimischen Bevölkerung und der Besatzungssoldaten vor Ort. Zudem wird das Gedenken an die Besetzung thematisiert. Für das Ruhrgebiet markiert diese Phase im Schatten des Weltkriegs den Beginn einer sich entwickelnden regionalen Identität."

From our holdings these two volumes from the collections are Rheinische Monographien and Sammelschwerpunkt Rheinland included in the special exhibition:

1. Farbige Franzosen am Rhein : ein Notschrei deutscher Frauen, Berlin : Engelmann, 1920 Signatur: RHG1215 (digitalisiert)

2. Kaiser, Alexander M.: Franzosen im Ruhrgebiet! : 10 Zeichnungen, Berlin: Hobbing, 1923 Signatur: RHG3140


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  • Photo of a farm with a red steel bar in the middle. Enlarged view:
    Lutz Fritsch An Ort und Stelle 2022, lackierter Stahl Hans Josephsohn Große Liegende abgeschlossen 2000, Messing mit Rohgusspatina Foto: Kolumba, Köln, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
  • Photo of an exhibition in which manuscripts from the 13th - 15th centuries are on display. Enlarged view:
    Manuscripts of the 13th - 15th century (Schenkung Renate König) Images of grace with relics 15th century. Herbert Falken Späte Arbeiten auf Papier 2009 Foto: Kolumba, Köln
  • Photo of the exhibition in which manuscripts and books are displayed. Enlarged view:
    Manuscripts and books (Schenkung König, Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek Köln, Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln) Matthäus Seutter Le sette chiese di Roma 1725 (Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln) Ecce homo-Relief Köln, Anf. 16. Jh. Foto: Kolumba, Köln
  • A photo of an oversized letter work in red with the word "yours". Enlarged view:
    [This content is not available in "Englisch" yet] Merlin Bauer Liebe deine Stadt I 2005, Dibond, Aluminium (Sammlung RheinEnergie AG) Johann Hulsmann und Johann Toussyn Der Kölner Heiligenhimmel vom Sebastiansaltar, wohl 1635, Öl auf Leinwand (St. Gereon, Köln) Foto: Kolumba, Köln © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

»making being here enough« Place & Subject

Kolumba, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln

Exhibition duration: 15 September 2022 - 14 August 2023

»Dafür sorgen, dass hier zu sein genügt«, so benennt die amerikanische Künstlerin Roni Horn ihre Arbeit, die wir als Titel und Auftakt für unsere Jahresausstellung gewählt haben. Mit der Ausstellung untersuchen wir anhand von Kunstwerken aus vielen Jahrhunderten das Verhältnis von Ort und Subjekt. Wie nehmen wir uns – bewusst oder unbewusst – an Orten wahr und was machen Orte aus uns? Wie erinnern wir uns an Orte? Wie gehen wir mit Orten um, die wir nicht erreichen können? Spielen diese Orte für unsere Vorstellungskraft eine Rolle? Sind Orte, wenn wir sie verlassen, vergangen? Was geschieht mit ihnen, wenn sie nach ihrem Untergang von neuen Geschichten überschrieben werden? Kolumba selbst liefert den Ausgangspunkt dieser Fragen, indem es eine 2000jährige (Bau-)Geschichte und  mehrfache Überschreibungen – etwa von Kirche und Friedhof zu Museum und Garten – sichtbar macht.
(Source: Text excerpt from the concept of the current Kolumba annual exhibition)

In Kolumba's annual exhibition, three volumes of the USB are on display, partly in rotation:

1. Sammlung Ferdinand Franz Wallraf: Buno, Johann: Historische Bilder, darinnen idea historiae universalis ... Lüneburg : Verf., 1672, Signatur: WBI85

2. Sammlung Inkunabeln und Blockbücher: Breydenbach, Bernhard von: Peregrinatio in terram sanctam <niederländ.>, Druckort: Mainz, 1488, Signatur: AD+S712 (digitalisiert)
3. Sammlung Gymnasialbibliothek and Sammlung Inkunabeln und Blockbücher: Breidenbach, Bernhard von: Peregrinatio in terram sanctam [dt.] Die heyligen reyssen gen Jherusalem …, (dt. Ausg.) 1486, Signatur: GBXI139+B (digitalisiert)


Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

Exhibition duration: 11 June 2022 - 15 January 2023


The impact of mining activities on the environment has been considerable over the last 200 years. Mining changed the landscape, animals and plants all over the world. Life and everyday life in the mining areas were also shaped in a way that does not simply stop when mining ends and grass literally grows over something. The special exhibition "Grass over ... Mining and the Environment in German-German Comparison" at the German Mining Museum in Bochum aims to look under the sod. It illuminates three mineral resources and two states: coal mining in the FRG and open-cast lignite mining in Lusatia and the extraction of uranium ore in the Wismut areas in the GDR.
(Text: Flyer for the exhibition)

A volume from the Sammlung Jakob Ignaz Hittorff is on display in the special exhibition of the Mining Museum.

Wolfram, Ludwig Friedrich: Lehre von den Erd-Bauarbeiten im allgemeinen und vom Gründen der Gebäude ins Besondere, 1837, Signatur: HITT1248-2,1/2