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's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Organisation: Design Museum Den Bosch

De tentoonstelling Mapping Modernity - Moderniteit in kaart vertelt het verhaal van onze wereld in 250 kaarten. De geschiedenis van de moderne tijd is de geschiedenis van controle; over de natuur, over bevolkingen, over goederenstromen. De mens stelde zichzelf in het centrum van het universum en gebruikte kaarten om de gecompliceerde, ongrijpbare werkelijkheid te beheersen. Iedere kaart is een inkijkje in de gedachtegang van de opdrachtgevers, en de manieren waarop zij de wereld naar hun hand wilden zetten.
Venue: Design Museum Den Bosch

Madrid, Spain

Organisation: Instituto Geográfico Nacional

Antes del descubrimiento de América (1492) y la posterior toma de conciencia en Europa (en torno a 1503) de que esas tierras eran un nuevo continente y no parte de Asia, el mundo conocido «cabía» gráficamente en un único círculo o hemisferio. Así, tanto los mapamundis de los antiguos geógrafos griegos y romanos, como los posteriores de la Edad Media, solían tener forma de círculo. El primer mapa conocido que mostró América como un continente separado, publicado en 1507, fue también el primero en incluir un pequeño mapa en doble hemisferio a modo de diagrama explicativo de la nueva configuración del mundo Desde entonces, los mapas en doble hemisferio, conocidos coloquialmente como «dos de oros» por su similitud con ese naipe de la baraja, han estado asociados a la imagen de la cartografía antigua, alcanzando sus máximas cotas de belleza estética durante los siglos XVII y XVIII, cuando se produjeron auténticas obras de arte grabadas en cobre para su posterior impresión. El diseño en doble hemisferio se aplicó, no solo a la división entre occidente y oriente, sino también entre norte y sur y, en general, entre una región y su simétrica. Los mapas del cielo también adoptaron esa configuración. Esta exposición ofrece una selección de mapas en «dos de oros» pertenecientes a diversas épocas, realizados en diferentes estilos e incluso soportes, que esperamos sea de su agrado.
Venue: C/ General Ibáñez de Ibero, 3. 28003 Madrid
Time schedule: Mo-Fr 9:00-14:00
Entry fee: Free entry.
Catalogue availability: Yes

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Organisation: Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden

The exhibition is made in collaboration with the Dutch embassy in Hanoi to mark 50 years of bilateral relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands and more than 400 years of people to people contacts. Various kinds of maps were produced over the centuries. From nautical charts for navigation purposes to atlas maps. The maps reflect the changing political and geographical situation of the region. Most maps in this exhibition show a larger region than Vietnam. They give insight in the relation between Vietnam and the surrounding regions. In the course of time some of the maps and atlases that were published tend to be more comprehensive and detailed. This exhibition focusses on maps of Vietnam that are produced in the Netherlands and that are part of the cartographic collections of Leiden University Libraries.

Ostend, Belgium

Organisation: Koninklijke Belgische Marine Academie, de geschied- en heemkundige kring De Plate en het VLIZ

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the creation of the General East India Company, better known as the Ostend Company.
A new company
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the creation of the General East India Company, better known as the Ostend Company. In August 1723, a considerable capital was raised in just a few days through the issue of shares, with prominent traders from Antwerp, Brussels, and Ghent subscribing. With the funds raised, ships were purchased and prepared in Ostend. Ostend, the outer port of Bruges, thus became the centre of overseas trade expansion for our region in the eighteenth century. Dozens of ships sailed from Ostend to India and China (Canton). Thanks to a number of niche products such as tea (accounting for over 50% of the European market), the Ostend Company became a major global player in the China trade in the 1720s. Record profits lead to international pressure The Company’s shareholders were rewarded with a net profit of approximately 150%, and the port and city of Ostend flourished like never before. The Austrian Netherlands as a whole also benefited from the revived maritime trade. Despite its great success, the Ostend Company had to cease its trading activities in 1731 under pressure from Britain, the Netherlands, and France. Not just a footnote in history
For a long time, historians believed that the Ostend Company was an insignificant footnote in our history. Recent research, however, has shown that the Ostend Company played a much more important role in our maritime past. The success of the Ostend Company made both policymakers in Brussels and the commercial elites realise the importance of maritime trade for our prosperity. Starting in 1748 and keeping the spirit of the Ostend Company in mind, they committed to the maritime revival of our regions. By the end of the eighteenth century, Ostend became one of the most important European ports. The maritime expertise thus accumulated in Ostend played a crucial role in restarting and expanding the shipping activities in Antwerp after the reopening of the river Scheldt in 1795.
The importance of the Ostend Company for the Flemish seaports and Belgian history should not be underestimated. It was not only the first multinational enterprise in our regions, but also the precursor to our current commercial relationships with the Far East. In addition, the Ostend Company played an important innovative role in shipbuilding and logistics.
To commemorate this significant milestone in our maritime history, a series of events will be organised in Ostend throughout 2023 and 2024.
Venue: Stadsmuseum, Langestraat 69, 8400 Oostende

Portland (Maine), USA

Organisation: Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

Chromolithography was used in the nineteenth century to create full-color and realistic images of the world. In geography, the process was used especially for the scenic, the special, and the spectacular. This exhibition explains the printing process and explores some of its particular applications to maps and bird’s-eye views
Venue: Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
Entry fee: Free

Lyon, France

Organisation: Municipal Library of Lyon

What is the distant? Another world, a country, a piece of land or sea, a piece of the universe that is difficult - sometimes impossible - to reach and apprehend. A double distance is imposed with the distant, spatial and mental, physical and cultural. The distant is considered on different scales: on the scale of a region, a continent, the globe, the cosmos... Its perception evolves over time, according to the lifestyles, political projects and technical means of those who perceive it.
We will adopt a point of view: the distant seen from Europe and by Europeans since what we commonly call "the great discoveries" and the diffusion of printing in which Lyon played an essential role. The integration of America into the image of the world was indeed a turning point. From the end of the 15th century onwards, Europeans perceived themselves as the centre of the world, over which they gradually extended their economic, political and cultural influence. The appearance of planispheres on which Europe occupies a central place is the most obvious figurative translation of this. The aim is not to retrace the history of European exploration and domination of the world, but to show - in the literal sense of the term - how they represented distant spaces and the people they sheltered. The period chosen, from around 1450 to 1950, will allow us to address these questions over a long period of time and to underline the depth of historical constructions by questioning the critical dimension of these representations.
The exhibition will particularly highlight documents (cartographic and iconographic) and actors from Lyon in order to underline the place of the city in international information networks over the centuries.

Lyon, France

Organisation: Denis Diderot Library

From the 18th century onwards, and especially during the 19th century, individual mobility underwent considerable development in Europe, characterized by the growing importance of tourism. These travel practices were accompanied by a renewed print production, the work of various actors with complementary objectives. Maps and guidebooks in particular, inseparable instruments of travel and its representation, underwent numerous changes, reflecting the techniques and cultures of their time.
The exhibition combines objects, archival documents, travel reports and commercial publications in a chronological and thematic approach that illustrates the evolution of practices and representations associated with mobility. Several scales are covered, from long continental journeys to short stays in the Lyon region and its surroundings, to tourist trips across France. The documents gathered come mainly from the heritage collections of the Diderot Library in Lyon and from the Michelin company, a major French player in cartographic and tourist publications. Guidebooks from major publishers (Hachette, Michelin, Baedeker) are presented alongside lesser-known works that illustrate a local conception of the areas to be visited.
Exhibition organized at the Denis Diderot Library, as part of the "International Conference on the History of Cartography" (ICHC) 2024.
Venue: Off campus - 5 parvis René Descartes 69007 Lyon