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Naples, Italy

Organisation: L’Assessorato alla Cultura ed al Turismo del Comune di Napoli e l’Associazione Almagià

From 3 to 19 July 2020 an exhibition will be held in the Corte (Court) of Castelnuovo in the centre of Naples Italy.
This exhibition is organised by a member of and with the support of our sister organisation in Italy “Associazione Roberto Almagià”.
The exhibitions will show geographical maps, prints and views of the Renaissance in the fifteenth and sixteenth century.
L’Assessorato alla Cultura ed al Turismo del Comune di Napoli e l’Associazione Almagià presentano Napoli la Nobile Città ed il suo Regno, importante esposizione di carte geografiche, piante e vedute di Napoli del Rinascimento. In questa mostra evento, sono esposte 40 carte geografiche di estrema rarità, che rappresentano le più significative raffigurazioni del Regno di Napoli mai realizzate; una per tutte, la prima, piccolissima pianta di Napoli contenuta nella carta del Salamanca del 1540, nella quale la città, pur nelle sue ridottissime dimensioni, è rappresentata con ogni dovizia di particolari.
Quest’esposizione, unica nel suo genere, dà modo di cogliere l’evoluzione geopolitica avvenuta nel corso dei secoli di una delle città più ricche di storia e di arte al mondo ed è proprio qui a Napoli, in una cornice spettacolare, che, per la prima volta, quest’eccezionale collezione, la più completa mai realizzata al mondo, viene messa a disposizione del pubblico.
Venue: Maschio Angioino – Sale della Corte
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Saint-Mandé, France

Organisation: IGN (Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière)

Cette exposition est accueillie au Géoroom, par l'IGN (Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière), dans un espace d’environ 70m² sous le commissariat de Gilles Bessero et Hélène Richard.
L'histoire de l'hydrographie française racontée en six thèmes
La célébration de 300 ans d'hydrographie française est déclinée au travers de plusieurs expositions tout au long de l'année 2020 : une exposition de près de 400 m² aux Ateliers des Capucins à Brest et deux expositions de 70 m² au Géoroom à Saint-Mandé et au Service historique de la Défense au château de Vincennes.
Ces expositions présentent l'évolution des besoins et les réponses apportées par l'hydrographie de 1720 à nos jours, depuis la création du Dépôt des cartes et plans de la marine le 19 novembre 1720, jusqu'au SHOM qui en est l'héritier.
Elles présentent des éléments variés : cartes marines, photographies, instruments de différentes époques, maquettes, etc.
L'histoire de l'hydrographie française y est ainsi racontée selon ces thèmes :
  • la sécurité de la navigation ;
  • l'accompagnement hydrographique de l'exploration du monde ;
  • le soutien apporté par l'hydrographie à la Défense et aux opérations navales ;
  • le progrès des sciences et techniques ;
  • le soutien apporté par l'hydrographie au développement de l'économie bleue ;
  • la contribution des hydrographes à la prévention des risques.

Au sein de l'exposition au Géoroom de Saint-Mandé, vos sens seront mis en éveil. Vous pourrez en effet voir, bien sûr, des cartes marines, du XVIIIe au XXIe siècle ; mais aussi écouter des sons sous-marins ; toucher et tenter de découvrir la nature des fonds marins, sentir l’odeur de la mer. Seul le goût ne sera pas évoqué mais libre à chacun de rajouter un peu de sel dans son verre d’eau ! Le samedi 29 février 2020, l’exposition sera ouverte au public, en accès libre de 13h30 à 17h30, avec de nombreuses animations.
Des visites commentées de cette exposition sont prévues avec la commissaire adjointe, Hélène Richard.
Venue: Géoroom - IGN, 8 avenue Pasteur, 94160 Saint-Mandé
Time schedule: Free access from Tuesday to Friday. 13.30 - 17.30. Saturday 29 February 2020 same hours.
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Brussels, Belgium

Organisation: Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain | Centre for art and dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures

Representation of the world is a practical and scientific necessity, both in the past and still today; one which allows us to comprehend our geography, whether it is near or distant, and which provides a source of reverie, inviting us to dream of travels and the fantastical.
The first explorers discovered unknown worlds, thus allowing their pictorial translation. The cartography was meant to be completed, filled in with details from compiled information, and according to the meaning one wished to convey. Maps indeed represent reality, but interpret it by creating an image from multiple, more or less reliable elements. Our representation of the world is constantly evolving. Current technologies render it extremely precise, helping us see the world differently. Nevertheless, this translation into a two-dimensional surface, this fattening out, is an artifice; from the moment they take shape, maps are a testament to an artistic concern which is added to their navigational function.
Contemporary artists are also captivated by world maps, which many of them reinvent and transform. The artists find each map’s potential – not only geographical but also political, poetic or utopian. The map is, to a certain extent, an inevitable form from which all sorts of geographic deviations stem, but it is also the pretext for a reflection on the state of the world, or a space for imaginary projections. It is illusion and reality all at once. Maps reinterpret a truth, and transform it. This undoubtedly explains why so many artists have showcased maps in their work, each in their own way, thus making the world flat.
Completed by a selection of ancient maps and literary translations, the exhibition brings together more than thirty contemporary artists from across the world. It is testament to the recent interest artists have developed for a revisited Mapping according to their own aesthetic research. Some have developed numerous works on this theme, such as Marcel Broodthaers and Mona Hatoum, whereas others have periodically found world maps through their research, like Alighiero Boetti with its series of Mappa, or Wim Delvoye who conceives a new installation for this exhibition, just to name a few. The exhibition reunites around a theme rich in meanings, the map being for the artists a pretext for all sorts of comments on contemporary society, power relations, ecology, conflicts, etc.
Artists: Malala Andrialavidrazana, Art and Language, Yto Barrada, Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Mircea Cantor, Claude Closky, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Wim Delvoye, Erik Dietman, Éric Duyckaerts, Charles et Ray Eames, Ólafur Eliasson, Öyvind Fahlström, Philippe Favier, Luigi Ghirri, Marco Godinho, Shilpa Gupta, Andreas Gursky, Mona Hatoum, Bernard Heidsieck, Emilio Isgrò, Nelson Leirner, Sol LeWitt, Cristina Lucas, Rudi Mantofani, Vik Muniz, Aung Myint, Iván Navarro, Rivane Neuenschwander, Marwan Rechmaoui, David Renaud, Chéri Samba, Qiu Zhijie.
Venue: Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67 B, 1050 Brussels
Time schedule: Tuesday-Sunday 11.00-18.00
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