ten centuries of manuscripts from staatsbibliothek zu berlin
26 November 2011 – 18 March 2012
10am to 5pm
Extended hours 2012
Open until 9pm on Thursdays
19 January to 15 March 2012
Open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays
2 and 3, 9 and 10 March 2012
free exhibition tickets
This extraordinary exhibition features 100 unique manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library). Spanning more than 1000 years of history, the exhibition includes exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare letters, sketches and documents and priceless musical scores, each handwritten by major figures in literature, religion, science, music, exploration and philosophy. Beethoven, Galileo, Goethe, Kafka, Michelangelo and Napoleon are just some of the many names represented in this exhibition.
From Dante’s Divine Comedy and a manuscript by Einstein, to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore some of the most significant moments in thought and human endeavour.
The exhibition is being shown only in Canberra.