The Archives of University Library Exhibitions

Exhibitions from 1996 through 2015 are documented on the German version of this page only.


From 29 February to 29 April 2016
Korean Calligraphy and Ink Wash Painting – an Exhibition of Artwork by Minja Lee
University Library entrance hall

The exhibition comprised 40 works by the Artist Misan (i.e., Minja Lee).

Minja Lee grew up in Japan, her parents being Korean. She has been living in Berlin for 50 years, working as a doctor and artist. She has been engaged in ink wash painting for many years. Since the end of her professional activities in 2010, she has worked with various Zen and calligraphy masters to perfect her skills.

Korean calligraphy, known as Seoye, is based on early, third- to sixth-century, Chinese calligraphy and traditional Korean art. As the artist points out, "calligraphy, in China, is not only about decorative lettering; it is also a means for the study and dissemination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism." She adds that it is in combination with these teachings that calligraphy was spread in Korea and that, despite the development of an independent Korean writing system in the 15th century, Chinese signs have remained dominant.

"Four very important elements in both Korean and east Asian ink wash painting are what are called the sagunsa, or four kings: cherry blossom, orchid (or iris), bamboo, and chrysanthemum; they symbolize spring, beauty and loyalty of the nobility to the king," Minja Lee explains. She also draws attention to the pinetree, standing for fidelity and constancy. Ink and silk paper are used both for calligraphy and for painting.

"In her work, Minja Lee, integrates those traditional motifs and motifs from her Berlin surroundings and treats them with poetic sensitivity in her own style," says Prof. Dr. Young Moon Byun from Korea University at Seoul. According to him, the origin of her artistic world does not lie simply in poetry, but in constantly striving for inner and exterior creative activity.

[University Library Exhibition Catalog. No. 58] [Photos of exhibition opening on 29 February 2016] [Exhibition poster]

From 4 May to 24 June 2016
Europa, was machst Du an Deinen Grenzen?
An Amnesty International Circulating Exhibition
University Library entrance hall

The exhibition explored the fate of refugees on their way to the European Union.

The exhibition was compiled by Ingeborg Heck-Böckler, a member of Amnesty International at Aachen. In 2013 und 2014, Frau Heck-Böckler investigated the situation of refugees in Marokko and on the Mediterranean on site and has created a documentation through texts and photographs.

Impressions collected on the journey she made as a delegate to Sicily in 2014 are presented on the Amnesty International Blog.

The situation for refugees has become even worse in 2015. The war in Syria has caused more people to flee, and most European countries have reacted by closing borders, by installing fences and by implementing various forms of deterrence. Amnesty International calls on the EU heads of state and governments with demands including measures towards protecting the refugees, towards providing safe and legal ways of travel to the EU, and towards admitting refugees as well as accomodating them in all EU countries.

The exhibit is complemented by a link list and books concerning European border policy from the holdings of the University Library and the United Nations and European Union Documentation Center.

From 6 July to 1 September 2016
Paris, a Promenade in Photography and Literary Quotes
Created by Ursula Eckertz-Popp

University Library entrance hall

The photographer Ursula Eckertz-Popp presented photography taken in Paris during several stays.

She was inspired by various German and other 19th- and 20th-century authors, such as Heinrich Heine, Erich Kaestner, Mascha Kaléko, Guy de Maupassant, and Henry Miller. A selection of books by those authors from the Freie Universität Libraries' holdings accompanied the photographs.

Ursula Eckertz-Popp received her training as a professional photographer in Bamberg. Then she came to Berlin to study Photographic Technology. She has showed her work at numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad. At the same time, she worked for many years at the Freie Universität Berlin Chemistry Department and then at the University Library. "Paris, a Promenade in Photography and Literary Quotes" is her fourth exhibition in the University Library entrance hall.

From 7 September to 4 November 2016
Lives from a Global Conflict: Cultural Entanglements during the First World War
University Library entrance hall

The exhibition of English-language posters, which will be shown in the University Library entrance hall from 7 September through 4 November, results from the three-year research project CECG. Researchers form London, Utrecht, Poznań and Berlin were involved. The three project members from Berlin are Heike Liebau, Larissa Schmid and Jan Brauburger, who work at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO). Larissa Schmid and Jan Brauburger are Freie Universität Berlin students currently preparing their degrees.

The project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War (CEGC) focusses on processes and practices in cultural contacts and exchange relationships during World War I.

A case in point is the involvement of more than a million African and Asian soldiers from French and British colonies on the Western Front from 1914 to 1918. For most of them, this war deployment was the first contact with Europe and with Europeans. At the same time, politically neutral countries, among which the Netherlands and Switzerland, became embattled scenes of political and cultural propaganda, in which Indian nationalists as well as European intellectuals engaged.

The exhibition presents the roads of life of 16 people, some famous, some less famous, from Europe, Asia, and Africa, who experienced World War I in various locations. These men and women were soldiers, nurses, prisoners of war, but also diplomats, poets or artists. War brought them to different regions of the world; they experienced violence and pain, but they also got to know new languages and people. Those experiences changed their lives and their view of the world.

In addition, the University Library will present related books from the Freie Universität Libraries' holdings.

From here, the exhibit will be going to the glass-covered courtyard at the Zentrum Moderner Orient and then to the Atrium at Humboldt-Universität.