Art has found its way into Bielefeld University. A series of large-sized black-and-white photographs generate a unique atmosphere in the university hall. They portray everyday life at the university. The unconventional pictures have been taken by the photographer Veit Mette, a former student of the university. Eighty photographs taken on behalf of the Centre for Aesthetics are on display in corridors A3/B3 and K3. The respective bilingual volume "Ebene Null - Level 0" is available at the alumni association (in German).
Additional exhibitions can be seen in the spacious university building and at the adjacent ZiF:
About ten exhibitions are presented annually in the roomy and quiet exhibition space (German flyer) of the University Library (Level C1). They are related to the Bielefeld University's teaching and research programme or initiated by university institutions. Prospective exhibitors can contact the Centre for Aesthetics which coordinates exhibitions in co-operation with the University Library. Curators can find information here (in German).
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research ZiF hosts the ZiF-Art programme. Contemporary art, primarily by local artists, is on display in the interior and exterior exhibition space. They are complemented by vernissages on Sunday mornings.
The Department of History of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology has developed an exhibition concept for their hallways. In the according seminar series "Der fotografische Blick in die Geschichte" ["The photographic view on History"] students, in co-operation with the photo archive of the Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, work with photographs of the Ruhr area.
At the Bielefeld University's Pädagogisches Museum [Pedagogical Museum] (in German) historical school desks and education props as well as teaching - and study materials provide a delightful insight into single-classed primary schools. They existed in every small village of Westphalia and Lippe in the Imperial Era around 1900. It is open for anyone who makes an appointment in advance.
Artworks by students of Art and Music Pedagogic (in German) created for a class or as their final coursework are constantly on display in the Faculty of Lingusitics and Literary Studies (level T0).
The Centre for Aesthetics organizes the art fair Originale (in German) that takes place in the university hall. On display are young art from the university environment as well as works of Bielefeld's cinema, museums and galleries. Due to the great number of events taking place in 2011 there will be no Originale in 2011.