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Ithaca, USA

Organisation: Cornell University

Latitude: Persuasive Cartography features highlights from the PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography—maps intended primarily to influence opinions and beliefs, rather than to communicate geographical information. These persuasive maps are focused on shaping decisions and desired outcomes. They employ a variety of tools and strategies—unusual projections and coloring, selective inclusion, imaginative illustration, allegory, satire, and even intentional deception—to advance a particular cause or point of view. Spanning from the 18th century to the present, many of the maps on display illuminate historical perspectives on topics that still resonate today, such as immigration policy and political gerrymandering. Others seek to foster social change, promote products and places, or send warnings about imagined futures. From the past to the present, Latitude helps us understand how ideas and opinions are shaped by data visualization techniques.
Venue: Hirshland Exhibition Gallery
Rare and Manuscript Collections
Level 2B, Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY 14853

Hong Kong, China

Organisation: Hong Kong Maritime Museum

The Qian Kun, one of the trigrams in the Yijing (Book of Changes), traditionally represents the concept of tiandi (heaven and earth) for the Chinese. Chinese understanding of the outside world was changed gradually by expeditions and exploration. During the Ming and the Qing dynasties, Western missionaries introduced new concepts and discoveries in fields such as science and cartography to China, thereby greatly influencing scientific development and China’s perception of the world. At the same time, Chinese maps and books also reached Japan and Europe, enriching the whole world’s understanding of China, and promoting the exchange of culture and knowledge.
These maps and ancient books do not only record history; they also reflect the philosophies and cultures of the time. In this exhibition of maps and rare books, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum hopes to demonstrate the evolution of Chinese navigation and cartography, explore the changes in China’s world view and scientific knowledge, and explain cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries during the early modernisation period (19th to 20th centuries).
The exhibition is organised by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, co-organised with HKUST Lee Shau Kee Library and the Library of Macau University of Science and Technology; China Resources Group as major sponsor and supported by the Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Mr Tam Kwong Lim, and Prof Fung Kam Wing, Board Directors of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum also serve as the guest curators of the exhibition.
The exhibition has four main sections: (1) The development of Chinese and Western navigation and cartography, (2) Traditional Chinese cartography, (3) The encounter of Chinese and Western cartography during the Ming and the Qing dynasties and (4) Mapmaking of China, particularly in the region of the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong. Exhibits include around eighty rare maps and charts, and fifty books from the late Qing and early Republican eras, as well as many cartographic tools and instruments. In addition to the items of the organiser’s and co-organisers’collections, the exhibition also includes objects borrowed from the Hong Kong Science Museum, Fung Ping Shan Library, The University of Hong Kong Libraries, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, the and other private collections. Some of the exhibits are on display for the first time. Various institutions such as the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, the Library of Congress, the Hunan Museum, the Gansu Antique Archaeology Institute,the Tokiwa Museum of Historical Materials,the UK Hydrographic Office Collection and the Hong Kong Marine Department had kindly provided their important electronic maps. Through these valuable pieces, visitors could not only gain a comprehensive understanding of the culture and history of Chinese cartography, but also admire the unique artistic flavour of these maps.
Various talks and visits are accompanying this exhibition.
More about this exhibition in the article of Stuart Heaver in the South China Morning Post.
Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong

London, UK
A curated and evolving exhibition by The Map House, the world’s oldest and largest antiquarian map specialist, will be on show at 5 Carlos Place. Adorning the walls will be a carefully curated collection of fine original antique maps of New York, London, the world and the moon, exquisite scientific illustrations, and natural history prints.
Venue: 5 Carlos Place, London, W1F 3AP, United Kingdom
Time schedule: Mon-Sat 10.00 - 18.00

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

Madrid, Spain

Organisation: Museo Naval de Madrid, Ministerio de Defensa, Armada Española, Instituto de Historia y Cultura Naval

La exposición se inscribe en los actos programados para la celebración del V Centenario de la expedición de la Primera Vuelta al Mundo. A través de los módulos en que se articula la muestra, se destaca la trascendencia de esa expedición culminada por la Corona de España, con sus consiguientes repercusiones internacionales, a corto y largo plazo, de tipo naval, científico, geográfico, astronómico, diplomático, económico…. Asimismo, se pone en relieve el valor de la figura del marino Juan Sebastián Elcano, que al alcanzar las islas de las especias, cumplió la misión encargada por Carlos I a Magallanes, tras la muerte de éste, y consiguió, como efecto colateral de ese éxito, otro aún mayor: circunnavegar por primera vez el planeta, demostrando de manera empírica la esfericidad del mismo.
En esta exposición, comisariada por Enrique Martínez Ruiz, de la UCM, y Susana García Ramírez y José María Moreno Martín, ambos del Museo Naval de Madrid, colaboran una veintena de instituciones nacionales e internacionales. El centenar de piezas se reparte en cinco espacios expositivos:
1. El mundo de Magallanes y Elcano 2. El origen del viaje 3. La preparación del viaje 4. El viaje 5. Consecuencias: un nuevo mundo
Venue: Montalbán 2, 28014 Madrid