"LEIPZIG beeinDRUCKT" (Leipzig impresses)

500 years location of printing and publishing

From 28th March to 4th October 2015 the Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig is showing the special exhibition “LEIPZIG beeinDRUCKT” in the context of the cities anniversary and acknowledges the versatile and significant printing culture of Leipzig.


Opening: Friday, 27th march, at 5 pm


Conveniently located, innovative and economically strong: Leipzig has been the center of attraction concerning culture, music, trade and economy for centuries. A mainstay of this is the printing industry, that reached its climax in the 19th and early 20th century, helping Leipzig to become one of the most important places for printing industry worldwide. The exhibition “LEIPZIG beeinDRUCKT. 500 years location of printing and publishing” portrays this journey. It takes place within the context of the city’s 1000 year anniversary.


With involvement of the permanent collection of the museum, important stages of the printing history in Leipzig are traced. Thanks to many lenders, like the university library Leipzig, the Museum for Books and Writing, the Saxonian State Archives and others, rarely or never seen treasures are shown. Precious prints of the first settled printer in Leipzig, Konrad Kachelofen, from the 15th century can be seen as well as significant prints by Martin Luther from the printer and publisher Melchior Lotter.


The outstanding position of Leipzig as a centre of the press and magazines in the 17th and 18th century is illustrated by original exhibits. In the 19th century Leipzig ascended to the metropolis of graphic industry. Companies with international reputation stepped right beside the already established enterprises. The machine factory Karl Krause (founded 1855), the company Brehmer Brothers (founded 1879) and the type foundry Schelter & Giesecke (founded 1819) are introduced.


Another superlative is closely connected to the music engraving and sheet music printing companies. Next to Breitkopf & Härtel (founded 1719) it was especially the large graphical concern C. G. Röder, which was founded in 1846. Up to the end of the First World War around 80 % of the worldwide music literature came from Leipzig.


Making the world of printing techniques and their history comprehensible with the integration of the permanent collection of the museum is the special feature of the exhibition. The mechanical printing techniques can be witnessed in a unique way based on about 100 fully functional machines and devices.


A wide-ranging program accompanies the exhibition with guided tours, workshops and speeches.


Special opening hours during the exhibition: every last Saturday of the month, 11 am to 5 pm


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