SuUB Exhibition on an Important Personality of the Enlightenment

On May 17, the Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen (SuUB-Bremen State and University Library) opens an exhibition on Justus Möser. It documents the life and work of the politician and publicist, who in the 18th century was considered one of the most important personalities in Northwest Germany.

Born in Osnabrück, where he spent most of his life, the politician and journalist Justus Möser had a significant impact on the time of the Enlightenment in northwestern Germany. He is known in particular for his works “Patriotische Phantasien” and the “Osnabrückische Geschichte”. In 1766 he founded the Osnabrücker Intelligenzblätter, a local weekly which was lauded by Herder and Goethe. Möser had contact to the people of Bremen through his participation in the Bremische Deutsche Gesellschaft, an association of scholars and language purists, of which he was an honorary member from 1752. The secretary and librarian of the society was the Bremen scholar Johann Philipp Cassel.

Research on German Intelligenzblättern

The Bremer Institut für deutsche Presseforschung (Bremen institute for German press research) has extensively researched the German Intelligenzblättern, i.e. local news and information periodicals. In 2017, Professor Holger Böning published the book “Justus Möser: Anwalt der praktischen Vernunft. Der Aufklärer, Publizist und Intelligenzblattherausgeber” in the series “Presse und Geschichte”.

Guided tours possible

Members of the public are welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition titled “Aufklärung & Tradition – Justus Möser (1720–1794) Politiker und Publizist” on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 5 p.m. in the foyer of the Bremen State and University Library. Welcoming addresses will be held by Maria Elisabeth Müller, Director of the Bremen State and University Library, and Professor Holger Böning, Institute for German Press Research at the University of Bremen. This will be followed by a thematic introduction and a tour with curator Martin Siemsen from Osnabrück. And after this, the Freundeskreis der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (Friends of the State and University Library) invite you to a drink. When the exhibition ends on July 24, 2018, 5 p.m., there will be a public tour with the exhibition curator. Further tours are possible by appointment.

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If you would like to know more about this topic, feel free to contact:

Maria Elisabeth Müller
Direktor of the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-59400



building at the campus
The exibition starts May 17 and ends on the 24th of July.