"Tiefenbohrung: Provenienzgeschichten aus dem Deutschen Buch- und Schriftmuseum" published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
Tiefenbohrung: Eine andere Provenienzgeschichte (“Deep drilling: a provenance history with a difference”), published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, tells the story of the origin of cultural property in museums. The book takes a close look at the paths, detours and dead ends taken by the holdings of the German Museum of Books and Writing, collected since 1884, before being stored in its depots. The focus is on destruction and raids as well as donations.
Whether underground comics, floppy disks, early prints, posters, letters, digital legacies, Hollywood photos or a publisher’s silver trophy of honour: 33 exemplary object biographies open our eyes to the intentions and ownership claims of memory institutions and how the latter have sought to pass on tradition. Rich in images, the publication also arouses a sense of curiosity for the beauty of the cultural heritage as well as revealing its historical fault lines.
Founded in 1884 and belonging to the German National Library in Leipzig, the German Museum of Books and Writing is considered the world’s oldest and – with over one million objects – one of the most important museums in the field of the history of book culture and media.
Tiefenbohrung: Provenienzgeschichten aus dem Deutschen Buch- und Schriftmuseum.
Ed. Stephanie Jacobs, Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig.
Texts by Wolfgang Ernst, Stephanie Jacobs, Gilbert Lupfer, Bénédicte Savoy, Ingrid Schaffner, design by Torsten Köchlin and Joana Katte.
Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag (2022)
416 pages, 183 illustrations
The book can be ordered from the publisher at https://www.hatjecantz.de/tiefenbohrung-8220-0.html