Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

The Wonders of Creation

Manuscripts of the Bavarian State Library
from the Islamic World

Die Wunder der Schöpfung
Nizami: Fünf Epen (Khamsa), Shiraz, 1550-1600

Thursday, 16 September 2010 - Sunday, 5 December 2010

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstraße 16
80539 Munich

0049-[0]89-286 38-24 29

Opening hours:
Mon–Fri 10 am 10 am – 5 pm
Thu 10 am – 7 pm
Sat|Sun 1 – 5 pm, closed on holidays

Free admission

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the exhibition Masterpieces of Muhammedan Art, the library has organised a selection of its precious manuscripts.

As one of the world’s preeminent academic libraries, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been collecting an extensive archive of Islamic manuscripts for over 450 years. The repertoire encompasses over 4,000 manuscripts from throughout the Islamic world.

Following the tradition of 1910, valuable objects which were once displayed in the exhibition Masterpieces of Muhammedan Art are now shown in the library’s Fürstensaal, whereas in the Schatzkammer important new acquisitions of the past 100 years are introduced. The 80 artefacts on display include superb Koran manuscripts and prayer books, illustrated Arabic manuscripts, Persian and Turkish miniature manuscripts, calligraphies and examples of particular book-binding and paper-making techniques.

An audioguide system in German is available free of charge.

The Wonders of Creation.
Manuscripts of the Bavarian State Library from the Islamic World

Exhibition’s curator and editor of the catalogue: Dr. Helga Rebhan. 20 €

Framework programme