Exhibitions and events

Griffelkunst spring exhibition 2024

The Griffelkunst election evening will take place on Tuesday, 14 May from 5.30 to 8.00 pm. The exhibition on the ground floor is accessible during the library's opening hours.

Captivated gazes - film posters from the 1920s

From 24 November 2023 to 4 February 2024, the Erfurt University Library will be showing an exhibition of posters from the early days of cinema entitled "Gefesselte Blicke". The 14 originals and 25 facsimiles focus on gender relations in the 1920s. An exhibition catalogue by students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the University of Erfurt will be published on the occasion of the V Weimar Silent Film Retrospective "In Praise of the Play of Light" as part of the Weimar Art Festival 2023.

Visually orientated mass media celebrated its breakthrough in the 1920s. However, most of the films from the early days of cinema have not survived and today only their colourful posters convey the diversity of film culture at the time. The exhibition "Captivated Glances" shows a selection of these historical large formats, together with other advertising material from the films.

The selection of posters thematises the representation of gender relations in the 1920s. On display are images of women ranging from the glamorous "lady with the mask" to the unfortunate "found bird". The project helps to ensure that this legacy of European film culture remains anchored in the collective memory of our society. A virtual exhibition on the German National Library's online portal documents the findings in a sustainable way and also makes them accessible to a wider audience beyond Thuringia.

The exhibition is based on a co-operation between the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the University of Erfurt.

Exhibition poster Captivated glances
Exhibition poster Captivated glances

Griffelkunst autumn exhibition 2023

The Griffelkunst election evening will take place on Tuesday, 7 November from 5.30 to 8.00 pm. The exhibition is open to the public from 7 to 19 November during library opening hours.

Annemarie Schimmel in Turkey: Showcase exhibition on the 2nd floor until 12 July 2023

Annemarie Schimmel mit Pferden

The renowned orientalist Annemarie Schimmel, born in Erfurt in 1922, travelled almost literally all over the world in her long life. A showcase exhibition on the 2nd floor is dedicated to her encounter with Turkey, where from 1954 to 1959 she was the first woman to hold a chair in the history of religion at the Faculty of Theology in Ankara. Later, too, she travelled frequently to Turkey and received numerous awards "in recognition and [...] thanks for her valuable work in researching and promoting Turkish culture", as it says on a certificate of honour from the Turkish Republic (on display in the exhibition!). Since Annemarie Schimmel bequeathed part of her estate to the University of Erfurt - in addition to books, her orders and decorations as well as the corresponding correspondence - the theme is illustrated by such. In addition, there are books from her own possession and text passages from her autobiography(Morgenland und Abendland: mein west-östliches Leben: BE 8607 S335 M8), which bring "Annemarie Schimmel in der Türkei" to life.

The story of this painting is told in the exhibition ...

Long Night of Sciences

Logo Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2023

The library will participate in the Long Night of Sciences on June 23, 2023 with a varied programme.

from 6:00 pm
The missing book: a puzzle tour through the University Library
Location: Start in the foyer
The house ghost Amplonius has once again hidden a book. Help him find it again and solve riddles and tasks along the way. For children, adults, families

6:00 pm | 7:00 pm | 8:00 pm
Guided tour: University Library underground
Location: Meeting point in the foyer
Exciting insights into the technical rooms of the University Library - guided tour with Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Stefan Doogs, University of Erfurt (max. 20 people per tour)

6:30 m | 8:00 pm
Guided tour: University library backstage
Location: Meeting point in the foyer
How does the library work "behind the scenes"? How are media transported, stored, scanned and made available?
Guided tour with staff of the University Library of Erfurt

7:30 pm
Lecture and presentation: From Erfurt via Ankara to Harvard - the unusual career of the Islamic scholar Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003)
Location: Group study room 6, 2nd floor
Insights into the life and work of an important mediator between Orient and Occident
Prof. Dr. Katharina Waldner and Ayse Yasar, M.A., University of Erfurt

6:00 until 9:00 pm
Presentation of historical holdings in the Special Collection
Location: Special Reading Room, 2nd floor
Selected manuscripts and prints will be used to show special features of the late medieval book collection Bibliotheca Amploniana.
Staff members of the Special Collection of the University Library of Erfurt

9:00 pm
Short lecture: Digitisation of manuscripts of the Bibliotheca Amploniana
Location: Lecture room, ground floor
How to digitise medieval manuscripts and what is a "Grazer Buchtisch"?
Dr. Katrin Ott, University Library Erfurt

At the same time, the library will remain open for reading and working until 10 pm. However, increased visitor traffic and an unusual background noise are to be expected. We ask for your understanding.

To the event notice of the University of Erfurt


"Griffelkunst" spring exhibition 2023

In the foyer of the University Library, the images of the spring election of "Griffelkunst" will be on display. Along with contemporary prints, historical photographs by Fred Koch and others will be on display.

The great attraction of the plant photographs lies in the depiction of the forms. Nowhere will you get more pleasure from them than here, but nowhere is there a greater danger of overlooking them (Fred Koch, 1904 - 1947).

More information about all artists at www.griffelkunst.de




Heike Budnitz
Exhibitions / Training
(Erfurt University Library)
Universitätsbibliothek (UB) / room 055