DROSTE DIGITAL
Handschriften - Räume - Installationen

DROSTE DIGITAL
Handschriften - Räume - Installationen

Opening on 15. September 2022

Run time: 16.09.2022 – 30.09.2023

Exhibition at Burg Hülshoff, Havixbeck near Münster

For the first time, an exhibition makes the digitized manuscripts of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff accessible. At Hülshoff Castle, the poet's birthplace, experience the cosmos of her microscopic manuscripts. On the upper floor of the castle, which will be open to the public for the first time, you can discover six new rooms. In order to bring the manuscripts into the present, we have invited writers and artist* collectives to engage with the text images and create individual rooms.

The selected manuscripts belong to the Meersburg estate, which, with 1500 pages of text, comprises approximately two-thirds of the writer's entire estate. This outstanding cultural treasure consists of very different types of texts, for example fair copies of and drafts of poems, collections of motifs, letters as well as notes, receipts and lists. The estate belongs to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, is administered by the Berlin State Library, and has been comprehensively digitized for the first time by the LWL Archive Office for Westphalia. These digitized files form the basis for the exhibition DROSTE DIGITAL.

Digitalisiertes Handschriften-Manuskriptblatt zur Motivsammlung Die Judenbuche. Signatur: 1064_MA II 3_001
Digitalisiertes Handschriften-Manuskriptblatt Motivsammlung »Die Judenbuche« © LWL-Archivamt für Westfalen



The manuscripts selected by the artists belong to the Meersburg estate, one of the outstanding cultural treasures of North Rhine-Westphalia. The approximately 1500 pages of text comprise about two-thirds of the writer's entire estate. They consist of very different types of texts, for example fair copies of and drafts of poems, collections of motifs, letters as well as notes, receipts and lists. The estate is owned by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and administered by the Berlin State Library. It has been extensively digitized by the LWL Archive Office for Westphalia and forms the basis for Droste Digital.

» […] Fühlst du das Herz in dir, nicht heiß
Doch ehrlich, uns entgegen schlagen,
Dein Wort kein falsch und trügend Gleis,
Befleckend was die Lippen tragen, […]«

— aus »Ungastlich oder nicht?« von Annette von Droste-Hülshoff



The author Dorothee Elmiger deals with the collection of motifs for The Jewish Book and designs Drostes' father's study. The writer and poet Nora Gomringer deals with the early work Bertha. Or the Alps and transforms Drostes' children's and youth room. Almut Pape and Emese Bodolay from the artists' collective Anna Kpok process the poem cycle Sounds from the Orient in the Attic. The international artist collective Hyphen-Labs (Ece Tankal and Carmen Aquilar y Wedge) deals with the relationship between nature and culture in the former bathroom based on the poem cycle The Elements.

Two other rooms introduce the topic of digitized manuscripts, including the process of digitization itself, but also how the pages filled up during Droste's writing process. An app accompanies the exhibition and expands the historical rooms.


The exhibition Droste Digital is an in-house production of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature and is funded by the LWL Cultural Foundation and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the program "Digitization in Culture and the Media".

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In cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the LWL Literature Commission for Westphalia, the LWL Archive Office, the Literaturmuseum der Moderne - Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, Burg Vischering and the cultural estate Haus Nottbeck.

Presented by Westfälische Nachrichten and kultur.west.

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