Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe

We cordially invite you to the Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel on the topic "The Gutenberg Museum in the Electoral Palace of Mainz – the birth of the World Museum of the Art of Printing" followed by a wine tasting.

Under the motto "Wine and Knowledge", the Gutenberg Society and the Gutenberg Foundation once again cordially invite you to the evening lecture series "Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe" followed by a wine tasting at the Kulturei Mainz.

Topic: The Gutenberg Museum in the Electoral Palace of Mainz – the birth of the World Museum of the Art of Printing
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel

The founding of the Gutenberg Society and the Gutenberg Museum is closely linked to the history of the Mainz City Library in the rooms of the former Electoral Palace. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg's birth in 1900, a so far unique Gutenberg exhibition was opened in several rooms of the palace by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig von Hessen as the climax of the public celebrations on 23 June (a contemporary comparison was made with the significance of the print presentations at the World Exhibition in Paris).

The representative exhibition showed in three sections the most outstanding incunabula (early prints of the 15th century), including the 42-line Gutenberg Bible from Frankfurt, the 36-line Bible from Jena and the Psalter of 1457 from Darmstadt and other treasures of early prints from the city library housed in the Electoral Palace.

A second section presented contemporary typographic work around 1900: the leading European printers were represented with specimen sheets, splendour albums, chromolithographs, graphic sample prints, security prints, collections of modern woodcuts, colour cuts, etc., etc. The third section of historical and contemporary printing presses was furnished by the leading printing press manufacturers of the day. One demand was that the history of Gutenberg and modern typesetting and printing technology (in exercise!) be shown on an equal footing in the museum!

Most of the exhibits were donated to the Gutenberg Museum, which was located in the Electoral Palace until 1912, when it moved to the new library building in Rheinallee. In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel, Vice-President of the International Gutenberg Society, will explain the joint history of the Gutenberg Society and the Gutenberg Museum, which began in the Electoral Palace.

Date: 23.06.2022
Time: 6 pm
Location: Kulturei (Citadel Mainz)
Host: International Gutenberg Society and Gutenberg Foundation

Admission is free, but registration is requested at info@gutenberg-gesellschaft.de or by telephone on 06131-226420.