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.

Spring 2018

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, June 17, 2017

New in: kid's stuff from the My Mainz Edition like baby body, shirt, bib and dummy "Meenzer Bub" and "Meenzer Meedsche".

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.