The treasury of book design dating from the late Middle Ages through to the present day has meant that the library at the LWL-Museum has, for some years, become increasingly important as a lender of exhibits, especially to cultural history exhibitions.
The estate of Melchior Lechter bequeathed, in 1939, a very valuable core inventory of book design to the institution from the turn of the century around 1900, which has been extended during the last 20 years and will continue to provide the focus of future activities. The work of Ignatz Wiemeler, the most important 20th century German bookbinder, born in Westphalia, represents a further core area of the collection. Finally, the immediate present also receives attention, as a “renaissance of book design” is apparently underway, such as in the work of Neo Rauch, amongst others.
Martin Zangl, martin.zangl(at)lwl.org