Heinrich von Kleist's "Berliner Abendblätter" were one of the first daily newspapers in the German-speaking world at the time and a real sensation: they blurred the boundaries between journalism and literature. The printed police reports covered crime cases from the neighbourhood - an absolute novelty at the time - and the story of the "murder-burner gang" in particular was effectively presented in extra pages.

The exhibition takes visitors through the history of the newspaper, illuminates the network of well-known personalities who contributed to the "Abendblätter", the strategies Kleist used and the censorship-related end of his last newspaper project. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the world of the "Abendblätter". What curious and interesting stories are still hidden in the newspaper that appeared between October 1810 and March 1811? In the background, always the questions: How do we perceive media and journalism today and to what extent was Kleist a pioneer?

A varied accompanying programme in Frankfurt and Berlin with guided tours, discussions, walks and much more offers in-depth insights into journalistic work around 1800 and today.


Curation: Viviane Jasmin Meierdreeß

Design: Studio Neue Museen, Halle

Loans: Otto-Lilienthal-Museum Anklam and Bodmer Fondation

Funding: Sparkasse Oder-Spree