May 7, 2019
"There is still something to be saved!"
The Gutenberg Museum's Restoration Workshop
During the Friends of Gutenberg visit at the Gutenberg Museum's restoration workshop, the book restorer Annette Lang-Edwards gave the group detailed and very interesting insights about her work.
As the keeper of the museum's valued treasures for 35 years, she has been responsible for restoring precious books which are endangered due to humidity and moisture, mold formation or have been chewed away by silverfish.
The pages of the book are restored with the aid of a special paste and gauzy thin Asian paper; book covers are reinforced and supplemented with the use of wooden cover bands with tiny matchstick-sized pieces of wood and incunables are placed in perfectly, exactly fitted storage boxes made from acid free paper for the book preservation.
There is always something special to discover by working with such historic books, like embedded, hand-written information often found on the inside of the books' covers. The top priority is the storage of the book even though the question often arises about which priority comes first - leaving the old binding intact or removing the glued-in written evidence of the past from inside it?
We could tell you vast amounts more about our visit but instead, please come and join us next time!
May 5, 2019
Gutenberg and his Marathon
The idea of holding the Gutenberg Marathon, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, in Mainz, is still very fitting for the Gutenberg city. Both a marathon, which expanses 42 KM and the Gutenberg-Bible, also know as the B42, have the magic number 42 in common since there are 42 lines of text per bible page in the Gutenberg-Bible.
This is not a coincidence, at least not in Mainz. Here the runners run one kilometer per printed line of the famous bible and, in doing so, honour Johann Gutenberg, the greatest son of the city!
In order to pay tribute to Johann Gutenberg, after whom the marathon is named, a photo shooting with Gutenberg sculptures created by Ottmar Hoerl took place in which all runners could participate. Each runner could have his/her photo taken with the Gutenberg sculpture and was given his/her photo as a keepsake to take home.
A very warm congratulations goes out to our Executive Board Director Dr. Andreas Barner, who won first place in his age category by completing the Gutenberg Marathon in 3 1/2 hours. We are very proud of our strong director!
This year was the debut of the pop-up Gutenberg-Shop at the runner's exhibition.
The motto was "Gutenberg runners wear Gutenberg!" and this directly supported the Gutenberg-Museum. For each item sold, a part of each sale is donated directly to the museum.
The Gutenberg-Marathon mug is available for purchase in the Gutenberg-Shop or at www.Gutenberg-Shop.de
April 25, 2019
The International Gutenberg Society e.V. Lecture Series in Mainz
Topic: "Scandinavian Bestseller in the German Book Market - Analysis of the current Literature Boom"
Speaker: Dr. Elisabeth Boeker
Why is Scandinavian literature so successful? The academic book scholar and Scandinavian expert Elisabeth Boeker deciphered the secret of the Scandinavian bestsellers - among them the novel "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder, "Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow" by Peter Hoeg, the "Wallander" series by Henning Mankell, the "Millennium Trilogy" by Stieg Larsson or "The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson. The lecture encompassed literary aspects as well as scholarly book perspectives.
The evening concluded with a brief wine tasting and engaging conversation.
6 p.m., The Kulturei, Zitadelle Mainz
April 11, 2019
Tour of the Scientific Library of the City of Mainz
As guests of the International Gutenberg Society, we were guided through the collection of the Scientific Library of the City of Mainz by Dr. Ottermann.
Many beautiful examples from the collection gave insights about the wide-ranging field of provenance research such as book plates, library stamps and hand-written ownership records which made these books one of a kind and give accounts of their individual stories, including theft, heroic acts and tragic coincidences.
Our warm thanks to Dr. Ottermann and the Gutenberg Society for organising this thrilling tour!
March 28, 2019
Children's Book Launch at the Friends of Gutenberg's Jour Fixe
The release of the children's mystery "Johannes Gutenberg und die verschwundenen Lettern" was celebrated in the spectacular, cultural surroundings of the "Kulturei" in Mainz along with the authors reading from their new book and accompanied by the mobile printing workshop from the Gutenberg Museum.
During the afternoon, countless numbers of children attended the event to listen to both authors Regine Koelpin and Gina Edelmann read from their latest children's mystery. At the end of the event, the children printed their own Easter cards by using the mobile printing press from the Gutenberg Museum.
The evening progressed with discussions between the two authors and the Friends of Gutenberg and ended with a wine tasting that was provided by the vintner family Peter Dhom for the members of the Friends of Gutenberg.
The children's book is available to purchase in our Webshop as well as in select bookstores.
March 21, 2019
On March 28th we will celebrate our new book release at the Kulturei
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the authors of our new children’s book will read from their new release, and you will also be able to print something yourself using the mobile printing workshop from the Gutenberg Museum. At 6:00 p.m. the Friends of Gutenberg are invited to the “Jour Fixe der Freunde Gutenbergs” to discuss the book with the authors. Following the discussion, the first meeting of the Friends of Gutenberg, “Stammtisch,” will be opened with a wine tasting from a local winery from Mainz. In order to count and accommodate all guests with enough wine at 6:00 p.m., we kindly request you to sign-up in advance for this part of the event at: info(at)gutenberg-gesellschaft.de.
March 14, 2019
Our new children’s book has arrived!
The children’s mystery “Johannes Gutenberg und die verschwundenen Lettern“ written in German by Gitta Edelmann and Regine Koelpin is now available in our web shop. In the book, the children Klara and Martin, who are the main characters, set out to find who stole precious tools from Gutenberg’s workshop. Additionally, the story provides the reader with a vivid description of the book printing techniques as well as the importance of this invention.
Our new book will be presented at the Leipziger Book Fair with readings as well as a printing presentation on:
Thursday, March 21st at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, March 22nd at 10:15 a.m.
March 13, 2019
“Small but powerful!”
Ulla Reske led the Friends of Gutenberg with great enthusiasm through the Gutenberg Museum’s miniature book collection. The topic ended in the library where Ulla Reske showed a wide variety of miniature books from the Müller collection, which were presented far better outside the showcase than inside. The selection ranged from the Koran and Christian prayers to propaganda from World War I and World War II through timeless decorative treasures. These were fascinating insights in the small but yet quite large part of the museum’s collection. The miniature book collection at the Gutenberg Museum is comprised of over 3,000 titles.
Many thanks to you, Ms. Reske, for the wonderful excursion in the otherwise hidden part of the museum into the miniature wonderland of Mainz!
January 1, 2019
The Mainz city council has agreed that the Friends of Gutenberg now have free admission to „their“ museum. Our many thanks to the Mainz city council for this decision!
Find out more about the Friends of Gutenberg.
December 13, 2018
The Friends of Gutenberg met in the Gutenberg printing shop of the Gutenberg Museum for an evening of printing and mulled wine. The deputy director, Dr. Elke Schutt-Kehm, greeted the group with cordial words about friendship: The Friends of Gutenberg are the most important people for the museum and are well received by the public.
Our summary of the evening: This group celebrates and prints fantastically together!
As consolation for those who were not able to attend – we will meet again to print next year. We would also like to express our warm thanks to Sarah Kremerskothen and Christel Schulte for their competent instructions, and the Haas family for the delicious mulled wine.
July 18, 2018
"Gutenberg-Plakette" to Günter Minas and Christiane Schauder
The Gutenberg-Plakette is the highest cultural award of the city of Mainz. On Wednesday, July 18, it was given to Günter Minas and Christiane Schauder. The two artists are highly established within the scene: Their succesful biennale "...3x klingeln", which regularly takes place in the artists' private rooms, crossover project like "Sommernacht Jazz" with Minas or numerous exhibitions and installations by Schauder have enriched the cultural landscape of the city tremendously. The award was presented by mayor Michael Ebling for "special merits for the city of Mainz".
Inspite of tropical temperatures within the city hall, the guests were delighted by thoughtful speeches, excellent jazz music and a little drink.
By the way: Minas and Christiane Schauder are long term supporters of the Gutenberg-Museum!
Congratulations and keep it up!
Friends of Gutenberg
June 6, 2018
The last few months have shown that the time is ripe for a new campaign at the Gutenberg Museum supported by a wide section of the population. We have been privileged to see just how highly many citizens of Mainz are committed to their museum and that they are prepared to accomplish great things for it in the future. We wish to consolidate these strengths in the new Freundeskreis Gutenberg or Friends of Gutenberg association and put them to good use for the benefit of the museum.
The aim of the Friends – and of the Gutenberg Foundation – is to preserve and promote Gutenberg’s legacy and to campaign for a new, truly contemporary Gutenberg Museum.
Ottmar Hörl’s Gutenberg statues have arrived!
May 22, 2018
The town of Eltville am Rhein is presenting a new sculpture installation by the renowned conceptual artist Ottmar Hörl for Gutenberg Year 2018. The installation of over 150 serial sculptures is on show in the rose garden at the Electoral Castle in Eltville from August 18 to September 23.
Hörl’s Gutenberg sculptures can now also be viewed and subscribed to at our Gutenberg Shops. Each subscriber to a miniature Gutenberg automatically becomes part of the installation and can purchase his or her own personal sculpture at a reduced price. As soon as the exhibition has finished, subscribers can simply have their Gutenberg sent to them by mail or collect it themselves together with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine from Eltville.
The most famous book in the world is now available as a top-quality facsimile
May 17, 2018
The Gutenberg Bible belonging to the Göttingen State and University Library is considered to be one of the most beautiful existing copies of the first printed book in the world. The full vellum edition of the B42 is a bibliophilic and aesthetic gem of the first order and was included on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2002.
The Göttingen Gutenberg Bible has now been produced as a wonderful facsimile edition by Taschen Verlag and edited by Prof. Dr. Füssel. The two volumes of the Bible come with an accompanying book devoted to Gutenberg and his technical innovation which rapidly spread to all parts of Europe.
You can of course purchase this fantastic work at our Gutenberg Shops and on our website or at any good bookstore.
2018 is Gutenberg Year: 550 years ago, in the spring of 1468, inventor and media revolutionary Johannes Gutenberg died. To mark this anniversary several new books on the Man of the Millennium have been published, among them a graphic novel, a children’s book illustrated by Klaus Ensikat, a miniature book on Gutenberg and his most famous successors and a very good new biography by Maren Gottschalk. The Gutenberg Shop has also created a range of beautiful and useful anniversary products from cloth bag to 3D hologram card for a little bit more Gutenberg in our everyday lives.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
The Gutenberg Foundation regrets that the majority of Mainz citizens eligible to vote have rejected the Bible Tower extension of the Gutenberg Museum. Says foundation chairman Andreas Barner, “The foundation believes that a great chance has been lost. This was the first coherent concept to emerge in many years which would have allowed the Gutenberg Museum to fulfil its vision of becoming a world museum of printing. The implementation thereof and the further development of the museum have now been rendered impossible in the foreseeable future and the damage done to the museum and also to the city of Mainz is sadly considerable.”
The Gutenberg Foundation is of the opinion that the city of Mainz – following a sufficient break to give everybody time to think things over – should invite opponents, supporters and others with an interest in culture and the arts and especially the Gutenberg Museum to take part in a series of discussions aimed at determining ways of further developing the museum together. The Gutenberg Foundation is prepared to take a constructive part in this process.
The Gutenberg Foundation remains convinced that only a museum supported by the city, state, government and the people of Mainz can be guaranteed an adequate future.
Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14
Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7
Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31
On the Fridays and Saturdays in the run-up to the referendum the Gutenberg Foundation and Mainz for Gutenberg campaign group are manning info stands in the city on the planned extension of the Gutenberg Museum. Here you see us in historical costume. This is a good opportunity to discuss your views with us – and enjoy the mostly sunny weather to date. Come and join us for a chat! We’ll be on Leichhof on April 14.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Not only Mainz is celebrating the 550th anniversary of Gutenberg’s death; Eltville is also marking Gutenberg Year 2018 between February and October. The varied programme for all fans of Gutenberg includes printing demonstrations, an open-air reading lounge, a lino printing workshop for kids and much more.
Find out more here.
The "Mainz for Gutenberg" citizen’s campaign group
Thursday, February 8, 2018
During the crucial meeting of the council on February 7 the Mainz for Gutenberg citizen’s action group met outside the city hall in Mainz to campaign for the implementation of the full new museum concept with the Bible Tower.
Read more about the planned extension and refurbishment of the Gutenberg Museum on the Mainz for Gutenberg website.
T-shirts for supporters are available at our Gutenberg Shops for €10 (contribution towards costs, including a €5 donation). Here, you will also find our “yes to the Bible Tower” badges.
Referendum on the Bible Tower on April 15, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Mainz’s first ever referendum will take place on April 15, 2018. People will be asked to vote on the first construction phase of the Gutenberg Museum extension, better known as the Bible Tower.
The question will be:
“Should the Gutenberg Museum be extended by the construction of the Bible Tower on Liebfrauenplatz as per city council decree of February 8, 2018?”
Further information on the referendum can be found on the Mainz municipal administration website.
Museum of the future
December 7, 2017
We have committed decades of effort and enthusiasm to the heritage of Johannes Gutenberg and the museum of the future. We say “yes” to the first phase of construction, what’s known as the Bible Tower, because:
- The winning design is a good example of contemporary architecture
- The building forms a successful ensemble with the neighbouring Haus zum Römischen Kaiser
- The plans have run through all the democratic processes typical of a European architectural competition and emerged as the winning design
- The funding for the first phase of construction is secure
- The Bible Tower has the potential to become a Mainz city landmark, something many people in Mainz also believe
- The Gutenberg Museum will gain an extra 450 m2 of exhibition space
- Significant exhibits, among them the Gutenberg Bibles, deserve an extraordinary and convincing architectural setting and must be made readily accessible to visitors
- The Gutenberg Museum can stay open during the entire construction phase
- The Gutenberg Museum is a magnet for visitors and must continue to be a relevant factor for tourism and the economy in the city of Mainz
- During the first phase of construction Liebfrauenplatz is also to be redesigned, making it more attractive and resident friendly.
Write to us, email us or post or twitter your views to us.
We want to know what you think.
Friday, October 20, 2017
In his interview with "Allgemeine Zeitung" about the premiere of his new cabaret program Lars Reichow argues for the extension of the Gutenberg Museum:
„Der Turm ist die Fackel“
GUTENBERG-MUSEUM Kabarettist Lars Reichow zur Kontroverse um die Erweiterung des Hauses / Plädoyer für Siegerentwurf
MAINZ . Kabarettist Lars Reichow ist einer der Initiatoren für die Modernisierung des Gutenberg-Museums. Vor der Premiere seines neuen Programms „Lust“ spricht er über die aktuellen Entwicklungen.
Herr Reichow, am Freitag, 19.30 Uhr, feiert ihr neues Programm im Großen Haus des Staatstheaters Premiere. Steigt der Adrenalinpegel?
Der Adrenalin-Spiegel ist schon auf Anschlag, zusätzlich nehme ich noch Testosteron und Zink-Tabletten. Die Vorpremieren waren sehr wichtig, aber meine innere Uhr, die Bombe tickt in Richtung Freitag. Ich kann heute sagen, dass ich mein Versprechen einhalten kann: Es wird ein lustiger und lustvoller Abend. Vielleicht geht auch etwas schief, aber so ist das eben beim ersten Mal.
Mit Ihrer AZ-Kolumne „Weckruf“ haben Sie die Erneuerung des Gutenberg-Museums mit ins Rollen gebracht. Jetzt formiert sich massiver Widerstand gegen den Siegerentwurf des Wettbewerbs, insbesondere den geplanten Bibelturm. Was läuft schief?
Mein erster Weckruf in Sachen Gutenberg geht zurück auf das Jahr 2012! Das ist leider schon fünf Jahre her. Dann gab es das große Benefiz-Konzert in der Rheingoldhalle mit Sven Hieronymus und Tobias Mann. An diesem Abend habe ich ein weithin sichtbares Zeichen für das Museum gefordert. Das gesammelte Geld wurde für den Architekten-Wettbewerb verwendet. Der Sieger des Wettbewerbs hat unter anderem den „Bibelturm“ entworfen. Ich finde, dass der Turm eine sehr gute Lösung ist für ein Museum, das immer noch längst nicht die Anerkennung genießt, die es verdient hat. Die Siegerentwürfe wurden lang und breit diskutiert und die Umsetzung schließlich nach sorgfältiger Beratung im Stadtrat beschlossen. Es gibt viele gute, sachliche Gründe, den Turm zu bauen. Die Hysterie, die jetzt ausgebrochen ist, kann ich in keinster Weise nachvollziehen.
Die BI kritisiert unter anderem, dass das Projekt nicht durch einen eindeutigen Stadtratsbeschluss abgesegnet wurde.
Ich halte nichts von diesen Spitzfindigkeiten, die nur dazu dienen, den Prozess zu bremsen oder aufzuhalten. Wo war die BI, als die Ideen entwickelt wurden? Wo waren die Unterschriftensammler, als wir nachgedacht haben über die Zukunft von Mainz? Vielleicht ist das eine Berufskrankheit von mir, aber ich bin lieber zusammen mit Menschen, die nach vorne denken, die eine Vision haben und die einen Plan verwirklichen wollen und können.
Sollte man auf den Turm verzichten und stattdessen das Geld sofort in die Sanierung des Schellbaus stecken?
Nein. Der Turm ist die Fackel, die brennen muss, um die Begeisterung hochzuhalten, die viele neue Freunde und Förderer des Museums anlocken soll. Der Bibelturm ist eine lebenswichtige Marketing-Maßnahme für alle anderen Gebäude, er ist die Referenz!
Ist das historische Umfeld des Museums zu begrenzt für gewagte architektonische Entwürfe?
Nein. Es gibt viele Beispiele dafür, dass ein historisches Umfeld solche Eingriffe ausgesprochen gut verkraftet. Die Oberfläche des Turms ist so gestaltet, dass sie sich hervorragend ins Stadtbild einfügen wird. Typisch für Mainz: Nur weil ein ungestalteter, schmuckloser Raum in die Gewohnheiten übernommen wurde, gehört er noch nicht zum Weltkulturerbe.
Sehen Sie die Gefahr, dass sich das ganze Projekt zerschlägt und man wieder von vorne anfangen muss?
In diesem Fall werde ich mit meiner Familie die Stadt verlassen und nach Lörzweiler ziehen. Aber im Ernst: Es würde das Engagement vieler Mainzer beleidigen. Für mich persönlich wäre es äußerst frustrierend, und für das Image des Museums wäre es verheerend!
Was sind ihre persönlichen Visionen für ein Museum der Zukunft?
Ich träume von einem weltberühmten Museum, das allein durch seine Architektur jedes Jahr Millionen von Touristen anlockt. Ich träume von einem hochwertigen Museum, das die Geschichte Gutenbergs, seine sensationelle Erfindung angemessen, greifbar und interaktiv darstellt. Ich träume von einem Museum, das sich mit einer dann viel größeren Ausstellungsfläche mit den Konsequenzen des analogen Drucks beschäftigt: mit der Digitalisierung! Ich träume von einem Gutenberg-Multimedia-Museum, einer Vernetzung von Mainz mit Gutenberg, Buchdruck, Museum, Kirche, Literatur, ZDF. Es liegt alles vor der Tür, wir müssen nichts dazu erfinden, wir müssen nur zupacken! Ich bin ein Gutenberger!!!
Das Interview führte Michael Jacobs.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Our chairman, professor Andreas Barner, talks in an interview with the Allgemeine Zeitung about the Gutenberg Foundation, the Gutenberg Museum and the planed bible tower:
„Am Ende ist der Turm eine Frage des Geschmacks – das wird es immer geben“, sagt Barner. Ihn hat der Entwurf überzeugt. Sowohl architektonisch, als auch inhaltlich. „Der Entwurf beeindruckt mich. Allein die Idee dieser bronzenen Außenhaut aus Lettern finde ich faszinierend“, sagt Barner. Dass der Turm das berühmteste Ausstellungsstück des Museums, die Gutenberg-Bibel, beherbergen soll, überzeugt ihn: „In den meisten Museen gibt es nur wenige Stücke, die die Besucher unbedingt sehen wollen, wenn sie vielleicht nur eine Stunde Zeit haben. Im Gutenberg-Museum ist es die Bibel. Wenn wir es jetzt schaffen, dafür mit dem Turm ein Wahrzeichen zu schaffen, bekommt die Bibel die Aufmerksamkeit, die sie verdient. Wir brauchen ein klares Zeichen“, ist Barner überzeugt.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Mainz' citizens gather everey third tuesday of the month in front of the Gutenberg Museum to show their commitment to the new bible tower.
The bible tower with it's outer skin of letters will become the new treasure room of the museum, containing it's most treasurable exhibits: the Gutenbergs Bibles. Moreover the tower will be emblem, signboard, logo for one of the oldest museums of the book and printing.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
In front of the Gutenberg Museum the city of Mainz informs it's citizens about the architectual plans for the museum. Lively debate is going on with head of the building department Marianne Grosse, Director of the Gutenberg Museum Dr. Annette Ludwig and Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Barner and Eckart Helfferich from the Gutenberg Foundation.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Citizens of Mainz gather in front of the Gutenberg Museum to show theier commitment to the bible tower. Despite bad weather more than 50 people came. We hope for more followers at the upcoming appointments every third tuesday of the month.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Mainz in a spin … The latest fad from the USA, the fidget spinner, is now available in our My Mainz edition. Easy to handle, it has people of all ages absolutely fascinated. Our version of the trendsetter is available in the Mainz colours of red and white, printed with the words “Mein Mainz spinnt” (“Mainz in a spin …”).
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Well-known music publisher Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker has asked for donations to be made to the Gutenberg Foundation on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Instead of the usual porcelain artefacts and other typical gifts given on such birthdays €17,575.75 – rounded up by the jubilarian himself – were collected for the Gutenberg Museum, a hefty and much-needed sum for the Gutenberg Museum of the future.
Commitment to a good cause and celebrating a big birthday form a wonderful symbiosis. The Gutenberg Foundation can therefore only urge others to follow Dr. Hanser-Strecker’s example!
Tuesday, July 1, 2017
Die Bürgerinitiative "Mainz für Gutenberg" setzt mit einer Blitzdemo ein Zeichen: für die geplanten Renovierungen am Gutenberg-Museum und für den Bibelturm. Die Initiative wirbt für das umstrittene Bauwerk, das künftig weithin sichtbares Markenzeichen unseres Museums werden soll.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
The Gutenberg Foundation has a new chairman of the board of directors and a new treasurer. We warmly welcome Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Barner and Ralf Hauck as new members of the board!
Tuesday, March 22, 2017
At last: the Mainz Gutenberg Bible (Shuckburgh copy) is now available as a miniature book in a complete, two-volume edition with gold embossing and gilt edges and presented in a slip case. The most famous book in the world is now yours to keep or present as a very special gift.
Our new webshop is now online!
Thursday, November 3, 2016
The new Gutenberg Webshop was a spontaneous Christmas present from the media machine creative design agency to mark the benefit gig featuring Lars Reichow, Tobias Mann and Sven Hieronymus in December 2012. Countless hours of voluntary work by designers, photographers, copywriters, translators and members of the Gutenberg Association were subsequently invested in the new online store which went live in the summer of 2016.
Tuesday, Oktober 11, 2016
Unusual, in style and educational
Our new Memo-G game uses 12 great „scripts“ of the last 600 years – an ideal gift for children and adults and for typographers.
Designed by Stefan Matlik for the Gutenberg-Museum.