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Brussels, Belgium

Organisation: Association du patrimoine artistique asbl

L'exposition transportera les visiteurs au dix-neuvième siècle, à la rencontre des riverains, au détour des brasseries, des estaminets et des premiers grands magasins bruxellois, à l'ère industrielle,jusqu’au cœur du titanesque chantier redessinant la ville.
Venue: Rue Charles Hanssens 7,1000 Brussels
Time schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 14.00-18.00.

Hamburg, Germany

Organisation: Museum am Rothenbaum

In der Sonderausstellung Farbe trifft Landkarte zeigt das Museum am Rothenbaum die Ergebnisse eines innovativen Forschungsprojekts, welches in vielerlei Hinsicht einzigartig ist. Wie und warum wurden Landkarten in Europa und Ostasien vom 15. bis ins 20. Jahrhundert koloriert? – eine Frage, die bisher nie systematisch erforscht wurde. Neue Erkenntnisse zur Nutzung, Herstellung und Symbolik einzelner Farben, zum Wissenstransfer zwischen Europa und Ostasien und zu den Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden in der jeweiligen Kolorierungspraxis werden präsentiert. Besucher:innen sehen beeindruckende Beispiele europäischer und ostasiatischer Landkarten und erfahren manches Überraschende zur materiellen Zusammensetzung und kulturellen Bedeutung ihrer Farben. Das vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung finanzierte Projekt zeichnete sich durch eine enge interdisziplinäre Kooperation von Geistes- und Naturwissenschaftler:innen aus: Zusammen untersuchten sie unter kulturvergleichenden und materialwissenschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten die reichhaltigen Landkartenbestände des MARKK sowie der Stiftung Hanseatisches Wirtschaftsarchiv. Das Knowhow für die Farbuntersuchungen steuerten Wissenschaftler der Universität Hamburg (Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Centrum für Naturkunde) bei.

Vatican City, Vatican
The Vatican Apostolic Library is happy to welcome visitors to its exhibition Tutti. Umanità in cammino. From Travel Cartography to Utopian and Allegorical Maps: the Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Pietro Ruffo, which will take place in the Library from 5 November 2021 to 25 February 2022.
Arising from the collaboration between the Roman artist Pietro Ruffo and the Vatican Apostolic Library, the exhibition winds its way through four sections. In the first part are four examples of celestial and terrestrial cartography according to Pietro Ruffo, while in the second one can admire three rare examples of cartography from among the treasures of the papal collection: a Chinese world map, an astronomical scroll from India, and five paper astrolabes from the sixteenth century.
Within the Exhibition Hall the real interaction between the artist and the Library’s collections occurs: there one can admire, side by side, many examples of how human beings have employed, and indeed still do employ, the principles of cartography to represent realities that have nothing to do with actual geography: dreams and utopias, inner feelings and movements, drawing from theological perspectives and making social criticisms.
Venue: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cortile Belvedere, 00120 Città del Vaticano

Genth, Belgium

Organisation: Historische Huizen Gent

From Ghent to East India
In 1721, Michael de Febure from Ghent sets sail from the port of Ostend on a trade mission to East India. His diary will lead you on a most unexpected expedition.
You will experience the constant fear of privateers and pirates, explore the Cape Verde Islands and brave some severe storms. Along the way, you will discover the wonders of life at sea, before finally arriving at the Indian port of Surat, a melting-pot of cultures, smells, spices and exotic produce.
While listening to the stories of Michael and his ship-mates, you will board a life-sized ship. Unique objects also bring the journey to life, from old nautical maps and model ships to exotic animals and exclusive discoveries from eighteenth century shipwrecks.
Venue: Sint-Pietersplein 9, Ghent
Telephone: +32 9 266 85 00

Antwerp, Belgium

Organisation: Museum Plantin-Moretus

Go back in time to Antwerp and the Netherlands in the sixteenth century. Lodovico Guicciardini, an Italian merchant who settles in Antwerp, describes in detail the life in the cities of the Netherlands at the time. Do we still recognize ourselves in his descriptions today?
In 2021 it will be exactly 500 years ago that the Italian writer Lodovico Guicciardini (1521-1589) was born. The Plantin-Moretus Museum does not leave this special anniversary unnoticed.

Who is Guicciardini?

Guicciardini is an Italian merchant who works in the Antwerp branch of the family business since 1541. Like Christoffel Plantin, Guicciardini is a migrant who moves to the Netherlands for his job and settles in Antwerp. He remains in Antwerp until his death (22 March 1589).

A description of the Netherlands from 500 years ago

Lodovico's career takes a turn when he starts writing in 1552, an activity that he believes is more profitable than his work as a merchant. In 1567 he published his bestseller: Descrittione ... di tutti i Paesi Bassi altrimenti detti Germania inferiore. In this remarkable book he describes all the cities of the Netherlands. The book is published more than 60 times, by various printers. We read his experiences with Antwerp and the Netherlands from 500 years ago. Guicciardini not only describes the economy, politics, language, flora, fauna and national character of the prosperous Netherlands, but also criticizes the devastating influence of the Spanish War on the prosperous country. A striking amount of attention is paid to his hometown Antwerp.

Bononiensis' Antverpia, map ofAntwerp, 1565.
This city plan by Virgilius Bononiensis shows Antwerp at its height, in 1565. This plan is the largest and most detailed map known from the sixteenth century. Between March and November 2021, this map has received conservation treatment, so that it will be in top condition for exhibition from December 2021 onwards.
Venue: Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerp

Istanbul, Turkey

Organisation: Pera Museum

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a confluence of geopolitical, diplomatic, academic, artistic, and local interests in Istanbul paved the way for increased awareness of the Byzantine past as a rich and shared heritage. Pera Museum and Istanbul Research Institute’s exhibition From Istanbul to Byzantium: Paths to Rediscovery, 1800–1955, curated by Brigitte Pitarakis, explores the central role of the Ottoman capital in shaping the emerging discipline of Byzantine studies.
In Istanbul’s lively and multicultural environment, a common passion arose in intellectual circles among people from diverse backgrounds, origins, and countries who had come together in newly established cultural and academic institutions focusing on Byzantium. Over the course of transformations in the landscape set in motion by efforts to modernize the city, steps were taken to move away from the simplistic orientalist view of Constantinople as a fantastically picturesque city by adopting a rational approach to antiquities newly discovered or recently rediscovered. Those involved in documenting Istanbul’s Byzantine past not only blazed a trail in the conservation of the city’s cultural heritage but also developed scientific methods of study in their search for certainty.
These developments—leading toward a scientific approach to Byzantium and insufficiently studied until now—stand at the center of From Istanbul to Byzantium. They are documented through an impressive array of archival holdings, in particular the Byzantine collections of the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. The juncture of circumstances and activities that triggered interest in Istanbul’s Byzantine past is contextualized by bringing together Byzantine artifacts along with related books, prints, maps, photographs, documents and paintings from the collections of Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul University Rare Books Library, Ömer Koç, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul, Galeri Nev İstanbul, Serap Kayhan, Dr. Safder Tarim, Büke Uras, and Birmingham East Mediterranean Archive, EPHE, Fonds Gabriel Millet, Collège de France, Fonds Thomas Whittemore, Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, as well as a 3D animation by A. Tayfun Öner that help animate the initial stages of the modern discovery of Byzantium and the path toward its heritage becoming an area of academic study, conservation, and widespread interest.
Venue: Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 34430 Tepebaşı - Beyoğlu - İstanbul

Beaune, France

Organisation: La Ville de Beaune et les Hospices de Beaune

The City of Beaune and the Hospices de Beaune are presenting the event-exhibition Le Bon, le Téméraire et le Chancelier – Quand flamboyait la Toison d’Or [The Good, the Bold and the Chancellor - When the Golden Fleece Flared] from 4 December 2021 to 31 March 2022. The exhibition, presented in three emblematic locations in Beaune - the Hospices de Beaune, the Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne and the Porte Marie de Bourgogne - highlights three figures in the history of medieval Burgundy by bringing together, in a unique way, masterpieces from European museums.
Belgian museums and institutions are lending a large part of the masterpieces presented in the exhibition (Royal Palace of Brussels, Museum of the City of Brussels, Galerie Bernard de Leye, Museum MLeuven, Royal Museum of Mariemont, State Archives in Belgium, etc).
Venue: Beaune, France