To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the International Museum of the Reformation (MIR) presents PRINT! The First Pages of the Revolution and explores the historical signifance of the invention of printing.
Over 130 days, from 4 June to 31 October 2017, an entire Bible will be hand-printed using period techniques, on a replica of a Gutenberg press built especially for the exhibition and placed inside a spectacular glass cube. Visitors are invited to participate in the printing and observe as a single copy of the Bible emerges from the press page by page, before being bound on 31 October 2017, the last day of the exhibition.
In addition to the imposing press, the exhibition presents 17 best-sellers from the first decades of printing. Visitors will have an opportunity to discover first editions of Luther’s 95 Theses, his 1524 German translation of the New Testament, Erasmus’ In Praise of Folly, the Catholic Church’s Index of Prohibited Books, and Montaigne’s Essays. A programme of lectures, guided tours, and appearances by public figures will punctuate the 130 days of the exhibition.
4 June 2017
31 October 2017