Splendours of the BSB (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München)

Thirteen members of OUS Munich had the chance to explore this season’s cultural highlight at the Hypo Cultural Foundation, “Magnificent Manuscripts – Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180”. The exhibition, held under the patronage of Federal President Joachim Gauck, shows 75 of the most precious examples of German book illumination from the Carolingian, Ottonian and Romanesque eras.

Not only were the visitors amazed by the beauty of the works of art. The guided tour by OUS Munich member Dr. Bettina Wagner (Library Director at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München) was also truly enlightening, giving deep insights into these thousand-year-old testimonies to our cultural heritage.

Dinner and drinks then allowed the group to wake up to the present again and to spend some more time discussing both past and present facets of the written word and the arts.

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