Beetles in A New Objectivity

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Ernst Jünger's beetles on exhibit in CU Boulder Library

Today was the official opening of a new exhibition in the Special Collections room of University of Colorado's Norlin Library: A New Objectivity: Ernst Jünger and Albert Renger-Patzsch. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was a famous German writer, philosopher, and beetle collector. A shot in the head in World War I didn't prevent him from living for 102 years and publishing more than 50 books, amongst them his controversial memories of World War I "In Stahlgewittern" (Storm and Steel), and "Subtile Jagden", about his entomological endeavors and enjoyments. Jünger was an avid naturalist who collected beetles all over the world and left behind a collection of 40.000 specimens, currently housed in the Jünger-Haus in Wilflingen. He regularly joined the annual meetings of the coleopterists of southwestern Germany in Ludwigsburg (later Beutelsbach) where I first met him in the 1980s. We met several times at those meetings and corresponded occasionally over the years. Knowing my interest in scarab beetles, he gave me a number of those from his collection. With the donation of my personal collection to DMNS, these are now housed in Denver. Thirteen of them, together with some correspondence I had received from the Jüngers, are a part of the exhibition "A New Objectivity" in Boulder.

The exhibit is free and open to the public Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 5 pm, until December 20, 2013.

Update 13 Nov. 2014: A video about the exhibit can be watched here.

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