Welcome to the State of the Arts


Literature and Audiobooks, Non-Fiction and Art Books, Photography and Film: Hall 4.1 is the home of the arts at the Book Fair. More than 850 companies present their literary discoveries here, alongside enlightening works of non-fiction; there are also attractive book designs, including books as a full art form.

The diversity of products at the stands is complemented by the Press Centre, events areas, exhibitions and reading oases. You’ll find beautiful things and interesting things – books for the head and the heart alike.

Hall 4.1 – our "State of the Arts" – is a place with hundreds of exhibitors and events that entice you to linger a while, browse, and enjoy different experiences. Here we’d like to introduce you to a few of these special areas, individually. So lights, curtain ....

Collective Stand Audio Books

The Collective Stand Audio Books presents new releases and bestsellers in German, issued by some well known and less familiar audio book publishers.
Information on this Collective Stand

Paschen Literature Lounge

A showcase for the authors nominated in the long list of the German Book Prize. The showcase provides an insight into each candidate’s full oeuvre, and shows a representative cross-section of contemporary German language literature.
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German Photobook Prize

The exhibition consists of the Gold and Silver award winning entries, as well as the titles nominated by a prestigious jury in the categories Photo books, History of photography/Theory of photography, and Photography text books. The awards recognise special achievements by photographers, editors and publishers, who have found particularly good solutions or presentational forms for photographic challenges. The German Photobook Prize is a project of the Baden Wurttemberg section of the Association of German Publishers and Booksellers

Book Art Foundation - Stiftung Buchkunst

Two fabulous exhibitions: Book Art International and the competition for the "Most Beautiful German Books". Drop by and find out why it isn’t just the content of books that can charm you.
Stiftung Buchkunst

DAM Architectural Book Award 2013

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Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Frankfurt Book Fair bestowed the international DAM Architectural Book Award for the fifth time. 98 art and architectural book publishers all over the world heeded the joint call of DAMand the Book Fair.
Prize winners:

Azubistro: meeting place for industry trainees

This is a forum where young trainees in the bookselling and publishing trades can exchange opinions and information, get help finding their way around the Book Fair, and hold readings and events.

3sat at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The collective programme of the public service TV broadcasters in the German speaking countries – ZDF, ORF, SF and ARD. The main focus of the programme is on culture, science, information, documentation and film at the Book Fair.

Independent Publishers’ Reading Island

The Kurt Wolff Foundation and the Working Group on Small and Independent Publishers present this literature centre for independent publishers. This is where the most important new releases are presented. There will be readings of or by new and established authors, as well as debates and recitals of fine poetry and comic verse. It is a place for discourse and interaction.

Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

Fun with for all ages with the printing press: the largest museum of printing in Europe presents a cross-section of its activities. The public can try their hand at printing using a large replica of Gutenberg’s press and other historical printing machines. The popular Gutenberg Shop offers exclusive gifts on the printing theme for young and old.

Press Centre

In the midst of the colourful hurly burly are as many as 10,000 journalists from all round the world. Direct reporting is guaranteed; immersion and experience of this hall of fine arts is an emotional moment.


arte at the Frankfurt Book Fair

arte is a Franco-German TV network. The European channel promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts. Its facilities are in Issy-les-Moulineaux, south of Paris, and it is jointly headquartered in Strasbourg, France, and Baden-Baden, Germany. As an international joint venture (an EEIG), its programmes cater technically to audiences from both France and Germany.


Katja Bothe
Frankfurt Book Fair
Katja Bothe
t: +49 (0) 69 2102142
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46142
Peter Diemer
Frankfurt Book Fair
Peter Diemer
t: +49 (0) 69 2102156
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46156
Art, Art Book, Design
Barbara Stalder
Frankfurt Book Fair
Barbara Stalder
t: +49 (0) 69 2102254
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46254

Exhibiting in Hall 4.1

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