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Excursion to the Mapping Modernity exhibition

's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Organisation: Brussels Maps Circle
Change of date! The excursion will take place on 2 March
For its next Excursion, our Circle proposes to go to 's-Hertogenbosch to visit the Mapping Modernity exhibition at Design Museum Den Bosch.
Mapping Modernity is an exhibition that tells the story of our world in 250 maps. The history of modernity is one of control: over nature, populations and trade flows. Human beings placed themselves at the centre of the universe and used maps in an attempt to dominate a complex, elusive reality. Every map offers a glimpse into the mindset of those who commissioned it and the ways in which they sought to mould the world to suit them.
Mapping Modernity is the crowning achievement of the passionate collectors John Steegh and Harrie Teunissen, our member. Over the past 40 years, they have collected over 19,000 maps and 2,500 atlases between them. Every inch of space in their home in Dordrecht is covered with maps. In 2021, they donated their collection to Leiden University. For this exhibition, they worked with Design Museum Den Bosch to select 250 maps that tell the story of our modern world. A world in which human beings placed themselves at the centre and believed that they could assert their control over everything.
Harrie Teunissen will guide us through the exhibition. After the visit, opportunity to eat at the museum brasserie (to be confirmed).
If you wish to register please email to Marie-Anne Dage, Brussels Map Circle Secretary,
Participation fee
EUR 13.50. Fees are to be prepaid on our bank account before the excursion date: IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 | BIC: GKCCBEBB
For practical details (communications, parking), see the exhibition web site.
Time schedule: 11.15
Entry fee: EUR 13.50