Friday, April 24, 2015

Austria 2015 - Austrian National Library - Literature Museum

ISSUE DATE: 18 April 2015
PRINTER: Joh.Enschedé stamps BV 
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset-Stich (Etch-Art by OeSD)

On the occasion of the establishment of the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library, Austrian Post is issuing a special stamp on the subject. In this museum Austrian literature is collected from the 18th century to the present in a place flaunted.

As a central academic library of the Republic of Austria looks the Austrian National Library back on a history that dates back to the 14th century. The first piece of today's collection is the Gospel Book of John of Opava from the year 1368 the he made for the Duke of Austria. Emperor Frederick III. finally united the Habsburg treasures in the castle of Wiener Neustadt, including camped there valuable manuscripts such as the Wenceslas Bible and the Golden Bull. Over the centuries, the literary treasures finally reached after prolonged retention among others at Ambras Castle and in the Prague castle back to Vienna. Today Josefsplatz a building was built in the 18th century to house the then-called Imperial Library collection. A native of that time Grand Hall of the National Library is still considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and fresco painting, among other things here is the collection of Prince Eugene of Savoy housed around 15,000 copies.

Many of the Austrian National Library from 2015 now find the newly created Literature Museum a new home. The museum is located in the premises of the former Imperial Hofkammerarchiv, Franz Grillparzer once served as director in the. The House in the Alley John 6 in the first district of Vienna, was adapted accordingly by the winners of the prizes for architectural competition, the Viennese Association of BWM Architekten und PLANET ARCHITECTS, it is now named after the famous director of the archive "Grillparzer house". On two levels works by Austrian authors are issued by the Enlightenment to the present, another floor is intended for temporary exhibitions. This Austrian literature and their significance for European cultural life are now to be presented in a central museum.

Architecture combines the museum the listed premises with its historical archive shelves with functional spaces for workshops and readings. In addition to books, manuscripts, letters, drawings and photographs that reflect not only the literature, but also the socio-historical backgrounds, find visually and culturally interesting objects in the museum their place, as Egon Friedell wig he wore during his Goethe-Sketch.

The stamp image depicts an insight into the redesigned premises of the new Literary Museum in Grillparzer house, which was used until 2006 by the Austrian State Archives, and a director's chair by Ernst Jandl.

Stamp images and description thanks to Austrian Post - Österreichische Post
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