Monday | 25. March 2024

Finds from the Art Library

Presented by Jan Charzinski, Library Director
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The library is known to be a place of peace, contemplation and knowledge. There is a similar situation with another place: the toilet, also known as the privy, another parallel. The library can also satisfy needs by imparting knowledge, inspiration or as a space for learning, being or meeting. And so our radio piece more or less covers several needs at once, in a certain way. Because the book "Cacas - The Encyclopedia of Poop" brings us closer to the world of excrement of the various inhabitants of this earth and gives us a fantastic insight into textures and color aspects. It is certainly also suitable for reading in the loo, but we would not recommend it. Nevertheless, take a look in the library and - to relax - take a look at the book or the diverse collection of the branch library.

© Hochschule für Künste

Have you always wanted to know what it looks like when mostly old men, edicts, decrees, documents and the like were written in beautiful script and extinct languages on elaborately scooped paper or animal skins? Then this find is just the thing - in "Examples of Artistic Writing from Past Centuries" you will find exactly that in a finely presented loose collection of pages and repros. While the content will usually only be accessible to those familiar with Latin, it is primarily the skillful handwriting and decorative lettering that is effective here, giving an impression of how such documents were designed and set up at the time. Like many such old teaching materials, this find is also in the library's stacks and can be made available to you from there if you are interested in such writings. So why not drop by the library anyway and take a look at the book or the library's diverse collection?