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Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

Organisation: Hong Kong Science Museum

The Landscape Map of the Silk Road is a map that was drawn on a silk handscroll in blue and green landscape painting style. The map, which is about 30 metres long and 0.6 metres wide, was once held in other countries. Finally, Mr Hui Wing Mau acquired the map and donated it to The Palace Museum. According to researchers, the map was an imperial painting that belonged to the Jiajing Emperor in the Ming dynasty. It named over 200 cities, ranging from Jiayu Pass, Gansu province, in the east, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the west. This implies that the Chinese had grasped clear understanding of the Silk Road in the 16th century.
In light of the great historical value of the Landscape Map of the Silk Road, the exhibition will display the entire 30-metre-long map and bring to life the everyday activities of people who lived along the Silk Road through vivid animations. You can also learn about the features of the blue and green landscape painting style and design your own painting of Hong Kong in the same style. Through interactive exhibits and models, you will learn about the tools and techniques used in ancient Chinese and modern cartography. The exhibition will also display various China maps and Hong Kong maps drawn in the 16th to 20th centuries, allowing you to appreciate both Chinese and Western perceptions of the geography of China and the various functions of maps.
To complement the Landscape Map of the Silk Road Exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History has joined hands to publish the exhibition catalogue. It consists of a full throw-out image of the 30-metre-long map supplemented by a monograph written by Prof. Lin Meicun and various other articles discussing the artistic and historical aspects of this map and the background against which the map was produced. The catalogue provides a macro perspective for readers to savour the rich messages contained in this imperial handscroll map of the Ming dynasty.
The catalogue is available for sale (HKD 320.00 each) at the Museum Shop of Hong Kong Science Museum / Hong Kong Museum of History while stocks last.
Venue: 1/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Catalogue availability: Yes.

Brussels, Belgium

Organisation: Société royale des bibliophiles et iconophiles de Belgique (SRBIB)

Illustrated books from the Low Countries and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in the 15th-18th centuries.
The exhibition highlights the illustrated book produced in our regions. Its title loosely translates as speaking image and refers to a concept which originated in the Antiquity. Horace in particular in his Ars poetica that the human mind was more enticed by what it sees than by what it hears. Ever since, poets and artists took sides in this famous battle, and devised images in combination with texts sometimes with the images gaining importance compared to the text.
Venue: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Rue de Bemel 23, 1150 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 770 53 33
Time schedule: Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00

Madrid, Spain

Organisation: Instituto Geográfico Nacional

España ha ocupado siempre un lugar destacado en la geografía desde la antigüedad. La Península representaba el confín occidental del Mediterráneo y navegar más allá de las Columnas de Hércules (el estrecho de Gibraltar) suponía la inmersión en un océano inabarcable, desconocido y peligroso. La Iberia de los griegos era, pues, una tierra lejana y misteriosa. La exposición hace un recorrido por las diferentes representaciones cartográficas de España a lo largo de su historia comenzando por las primeras referencias a la Península: la Iberia de los griegos, la Hispania romana, la cartografía científica de Claudio Ptolomeo, los beatos y las cartas náuticas en la Edad Media, la edad de oro de la cartografía en los siglos XVI y XVII y la cartografía del siglo XVIII. La exposición finaliza con el mapa de la división provincial de España de 1833, establecida con el entonces ministro de Fomento Javier de Burgos, unas décadas antes de la fundación del Instituto Geográfico Nacional en 1870. La selección expuesta comprende 60 mapas (53 originales y 7 facsímiles), 13 libros o atlas (6 originales y 7 facsímiles), 6 vistas perspectivas o topográficas y un globo terráqueo.
Venue: Instituto Geográfico Nacional (Acceso por la Casa del Mapa)
C/ General Ibáñez de Ibero, 3. 28003 – Madrid
Metro Guzmán el Bueno
Time schedule: Mo-Fr 12.00-14.00

Oxford, UK

Organisation: Bodleian Library

Every map tells a story. Talking Maps is a celebration of maps and what they tell us about the places they depict and the people that make and use them.
Drawing on the Bodleian's unparalleled collection of more than 1.3 million maps, this exhibition brings together an extraordinary selection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps from a range of cultures and in a variety of formats as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps.
Talking Maps explores how maps are neither transparent objects of scientific communication, nor baleful tools of ideology, but proposals about the world that help people to understand who they are by describing where they are.
Highlights on show include the Gough Map, the earliest surviving map showing Great Britain in a recognizable form, the Selden Map, a late Ming map of the South China Sea, and fictional maps by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. Map treasures from the Libraries' collection will be shown alongside specially commissioned 3D installations and artworks, and exciting works on loan from artists and other institutions.
Venue: ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library, Oxford
Telephone: +44 1865 277094
Entry fee: Free admission