Preserving culture: 25th anniversary of the Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig
Living social responsibility: Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) has committed itself to this objective and established the non-profit G+D Foundation in 2010. Under this umbrella, organizations are promoted that are committed to educational work for children and young people as well as the promotion and preservation of art and culture. One such institution is the Museum of the Printing Arts in Leipzig. Here, you can see over 550 years of printing and media history up close. The museum has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Furthermore, the City of Leipzig has now presented Verena von Mitschke-Collande, G+D shareholder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Giesecke+Devrient Foundation, with the Leipzig Medal of Honor for her commitment to the museum.
Today, traditional printing techniques have long since been replaced by modern digital processes and are in danger of being forgotten. Founded in 1994, the Museum of the Printing Arts in Leipzig, a city with a long tradition of book publishing, aims to preserve, maintain and communicate our collective knowledge of historical printing techniques. On four floors, around 100 functioning machines and presses bring printing history to life, most importantly by allowing visitors to touch the exhibits and get involved. Last Saturday, the museum celebrated its 25th anniversary with a celebratory event, which was attended by representatives from the worlds of culture, politics and business, as well as by sponsors.
Building bridges between generations and cultures
The Museum of the Printing Arts is conceptually and financially supported by the Giesecke+Devrient Foundation. Their common objective is to preserve the rich heritage of the printing arts and make it accessible to everyone. Therefore, communication for future generations and thus educational work for children and young people is a focal point, along with the promotion of art and artists. Verena von Mitschke-Collande, G+D shareholder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Giesecke+Devrient Foundation, has made a significant contribution to this preservation. With the establishment of the Museum of the Printing Arts Foundation at the end of 1999, she created a new trusteeship and therefore the basis for the museum. Verena von Mitschke-Collande has now received the Leipzig Medal of Honor for her commitment. The official declaration of the City of Leipzig states that the award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Leipzig's culture, especially in relation to the museum, and have therefore earned special appreciation.
“Social and societal engagement is extremely important for Giesecke+Devrient”, explains Astrid Wolff, member of the Executive Committee of the G+D Foundation and Head of Corporate Heritage at Giesecke+Devrient. “The museum aims to preserve knowledge of traditional printing arts for future generations. In the digital age, this is an enormously important challenge to ensure that analogue media and their societal and cultural relevance retain their significance. At the same time, the museum is also a lively meeting place and can be used for presentations, symposia, and non-permanent exhibitions. Like the G+D Foundation, it concentrates on the promotion of educational work for children and young people as well as the promotion of art and culture. Bridging the gap between yesterday, today and tomorrow is a common cause of the museum and the foundation, and is more important than ever before.”
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