October 10, 2001 - January 19, 2002 - Chicago
What makes a map timeless? Is it rarity, age, or beauty? Is it historical importance? Is it accuracy of depiction and usability? The Newberry Library will mount an extraordinary exhibit, Cartographic Treasures of the Newberry Library, that addresses the question "What is a map treasure?" Drawing from the Newberry's world-renowned collection of over 300,000 maps, the exhibit features 80 selections drawn from each of the Newberry's major collections, including several important recent acquisitions. The maps are divided into six sections, which represent the fundamental ways that maps have been used throughout the centuries:
"Grasping the World" includes several landmarks of early atlas-making, innovative world maps, pedagogical maps, and globes and games that reflect the human desire to comprehend the world and give it meaningful form.
"Conquering Distances" relates how maps have brought people together by assisting in the development and use of transportation networks.
"Inventing the Nation" examines how maps and atlases have been employed to support European and American nation-building as tools of government, colonization, and political propaganda.
"Contesting Places" illustrates how maps have been used as tools of warfare, negotiation, and commemoration throughout history.
"Celebrating the City" reflects on how maps and views capture the essence of urban geography, architecture, and social life.
"Plotting the Countryside" demonstrates the various ways in which maps served in the land division, settlement, and rural landscape designs.
The exhibit concludes with the message that, above all, maps are treasured because they answer the universal human need to comprehend and function in the world around them. "Cartographic Treasures is an item-driven exhibit-a sweeping display of the breadth and significance of the Newberry's map collections and our most recent acquisitions," said Jim Akerman, curator and director of the Newberry's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. Maps are more than a diagram of how to get from here to there. They are a reflection of the time and place they were created and the people they directed. They are art, history, politics, and discovery drawn in symbols, rather than written in words. Maps tell history as much as they depict it. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Kneen, Public Relations Manager, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago 60610, Phone: (312) 255-3553, Fax: (312) 255-3543.
October 20, 2001 - January 20, 2002 - Baltimore
The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, telephone 410-547-9000, will unveil its new Manuscript Gallery as part of its Grand Reopening. The inaugural exhibition, entitled Expanding World Views: A Millennium of Maps, brings to the fore a selection of very rare, beautiful, and seldom-seen maps from the museum's permanent collection, supplemented by several special loans. Expanding World Views displays concepts of the Earth's role in the universe as well as changing accounts and perceptions of lands and seas in the four corners of the world. The earliest maps on view in the exhibition date to the 12th century; the latest is a satellite image of Baltimore taken from space earlier this year. Representing the sea of change between the Middle Ages and today are some 30 manuscripts (made entirely by hand); incunables (the first printed books, from ca. 1450 to 1500); rare books; framed prints; and one Copernican armillary planetarium, a rare metal teaching instrument that displays the movement of the planets around the sun. Most of the manuscripts and printed books on display are European or Near Eastern in origin.
October 23, 2001 - February, 2002 - Jerusalem
The Israel Museum will have an exhibition with the title Cartographic Images of the Holy Land. Included will be maps from the Bier Map Collection and globes on loan from Austrian National Library, Globe Museum, Vienna.
November 15, 2001 - February 1, 2002 - Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Tentoonstelling Hoogtepunten van de Friese cartografie [Exhibition Highlights of the Friesian cartography] at the Ryksargyf Friesland [State Archives of Friesland], The Netherlands, Boterhoek 3. The exhibition shows the maps which are featured in a recently published book with same title as the exhibition.
November 16, 2001 - February 14, 2002 - Venice
Carte di Riso, an exhibition of Chinese manuscript maps of the Società Geografica Italiana in the Biblioteca Marciana. The exhibition shows a part (a very small one, around 50 of 2,000 pieces) of the impressive collection of manuscript maps from China and Nippon gave as gift to the Società Geografica by Italian ambassadors in the East during the end of XIX century and the beginning of the next one. The material is of great value from the technical, historical and artistical points of view; and it is almost unknown to the world of history of cartography being only in the very recent years properly described, restored and open to the public.
January 17, 2002 - March 28, 2002 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Broward County Libraries Division's Bienes Center for the Literary Arts presents Florida: The Making of a State, A Cartographic Adventure. The exhibition will showcase approximately 40 maps and accompanying art works, photographs, realia and ephemera dating from the late 1600s to 1900s that trace the discovery and colonization of the New World territory known as Florida. Additionally, four sub-themes will focus on:
The Seminole Indian Wars
Waterways and Boating
The Creation of Broward County
Dredging and Drainage
In the exhibition, viewers will be taken on a graphic chronological tour that both accurately and inaccurately depicts the early discoveries in the exploration of the region. It will feature maps and other items on loan from the Library of Congress, the Broward County Historical Commission and various local collectors. A printed catalog containing an introduction to the world of cartography will be published to accompany the exhibit. It will include essays by the prominent map historian and collector, Joseph H Fitzgerald. For information on the exhibition and related events contact James Findlay, Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-8692 (voice), 954-357-6762 (fax).
November 30, 2001 - April 1, 2002 - Venice
The Civic Museum has an exhibition of 15th - 18th century Isolari e portolani del Museo. The many documents show the relationship of Venice with the sea, and its place in commerce between Europe and the East.
July 27, 2001 - April 7, 2002 - London
Lie of the Land - the secret life of maps at the British Library. Fascinating and unexpected stories in maps, old and new! "What we see on a map is rarely the same as the land under our feet. Some maps deliberately set out to deceive. Many show a selective view and reflect only the interests of the people who made them. Stunning maps from ancient to modern reveal a secret world for you to discover. In every case there is more than meets the eye..." Admission is free. The exhibition hours are:- Monday; Wednesday to Friday 9.30 - 18.00; Tuesday (evening opening) 9.30 - 20.00; Saturday 9.30 - 17.00; Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 11.00 - 17.00 [NB the exhibition will be closed 3-6 September and open only from 13.00 on 2 September. See the website for other closure periods].
September 26, 2001 - April 7, 2002 - Milan, Italy
The city of Milan (Musei e Mostre) will organise an exhibition entitled Sogni e segni della Terra at the Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo, together with the well-known cartography and history-of-art publishing house Instituto Geografico De Agostini (Novara-Milano), to commemorate de Agostini's 100th anniversay. The history of our earth will be illustrated by old maps, atlases, graphic works and globes. The exhibits will be on loan from important European and American museums and research institutions, as well as from private collectors.
February 22, 2002 - April 28, 2002 - Turnhout, Belgium
Taxandriamuseum, Begijnstraat 28 and Begijnhofmuseum, Begijnhof 56, both in B-2300 Turnhout, De 'Beschrijving van de Nederlanden' door Lodovico Guiccardini in het kader van vijn tijd, Tue. to Sat. 14-17h, Sun. 11-17h, closed Mon. For more information tel. ++32-(0)14- 44.33.55, fax ++32-(0)14-44.33.54. This is the exhibition previously shown in Breda, at the time of the Map Fair last November.
January 10, 2002 - April 30, 2002 - Modena, Italy
Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Palazzo dei Musei, Largo S. Agostino 337, Alla Scoperta del Mondo - l'arte della cartografia da Tolomeo a Mercatore [Discovering the World - The Art of Cartography from Ptolemy to Mercator]: every day except public holidays, 9-13h. For more information tel. ++39-059-22.22.48, fax ++39-059-23.01.95.
Until May 11, 2002 - Tampa, Florida
When Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492, he found the gold ornaments and heard tales of great quantities of gold to the south. Dreams of wealth and opportunity would fuel exploration and immigration for the next five hundred years. Myths and Dreams: Exploring the Cultural Legacies of Florida and the Caribbean illustrates Florida's history of contact and change through artifacts, maps, and documents. Among the cartographic highlights of the traveling exhibition is Arnoldus Montanus' 1671 book on geography, "Die Nieuwe en Onbenkended Weerld of Beschryving van America en't Zuid-Land." Also featured is Sebastian Munster's woodcut of the New World from the "Novae Insulae, XVII Nova Tabula" of 1540 and M. Bellin's 1754 map of Haiti as it appeared in 1492. Myths and Dreams will he on display at the Tampa Bay History Center.
June 14, 2001 - May 15, 2002 - Newton, Massachusetts
The Jackson Homestead: Newton's City Museum and Historical Society, 527 Washington Street (phone: 617-552-7238, fax: 617-552-7228) announces the opening of its newest exhibit Rivers, Roads & Rails: Mapping Newton. The exhibit highlights early maps of Newton drawn from the extensive collection of The Jackson Homestead and the City of Newton Archives. Featuring several rare and never before seen maps, the exhibit chronicles how Newton developed in the context of the development of Massachusetts and explores the reasons behind the creation of these maps. The exhibit's earliest map of Newton was created to determine the placement of the center of town so that a new meetinghouse could be built. The map, lost for 100 years, was rediscovered in the mid 1800s and "thought to be of little value." Today it has been conserved and restored and is on display as part of the exhibit. Another fascinating map, created by Caroline Jackson in 1832 when she was 13 years old, shows the roads and buildings of the "North District." A series of town maps (1831, 1848, and 1855) were ordered by the general court of Massachusetts to aid in the construction of a state map. These maps show the new railroads and the City's development from an agricultural community to what would become a suburban city. An interactive computer station will allow visitors to access modern maps of Newton to gain a better understanding of how the city has changed and what it looks like today.
This exhibit is made possible through the collaborative efforts of The Jackson Homestead, Newton Free Library, Newton City Archives, City of Newton Engineering Department, City of Newton Information Technology Department, and the Newton Historical Society. The Jackson Homestead is a nationally accredited museum and serves as center for Newton History. The Homestead's schedule of exhibitions, publications and programs highlight the city's rich and diverse past. The museum's collections, which pertain to Newton's cultural, economic and physical development, include paintings, decorative arts, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and building histories.
May 1, 2002 - June 30, 2002 - Ottawa
The Belgian Connection: Original Maps, Atlases and Engravings featured in National Library of Canada exhibit. A 1635 map of the North Pole and one of the first published atlases are among the many rare documents featured. The Belgian Connection, sponsored by the Embassy of Belgium and the National Library of Canada, in cooperation with the National Archives of Canada, centres around maps, atlases and travel accounts of explorers of the New World and early missionaries of the 16th and 17th century. Featured in the exhibit are the works of Belgian cartographers and chroniclers such as Abraham Ortelius, Gerard Mercator, Théodore de Bry and Cornelius de Jode. These works are among the oldest original documents in the collections of both the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada. The National Library's Rare Book Collection also includes works of Jesuit and Récollet missionaries who came to New France at the end of the 17th century, Louis Hennepin being the most famous. These maps, atlases and travel journals provided seafarers and adventurers with valuable information on the New World. The exhibit will run in Exhibition Room D of the National Library of Canada, 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Admission is free of charge
April 17, 2002 - July 21, 2002 - New York Borders and Boundaries: Maps of the Holy Land, 15th - 19th Centuries, an exhibition at the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, One East 65th Street. A catalogue accompanies this exhibit of 35 maps and views of the Holy Land. Included are maps by Schedel, Waldseemüller, Münster, Gastaldi, Hogenberg, Plancius, Zaltieri, Ortelius, Montanus, Hondius, Visscher, and Stoopendaal. Museum hours are Sunday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. For further information please call 212-744-1400.
June 5, 2002 - August 3, 2002 - Stuttgart, Germany
250 years ago the famous German astronomer and cartographer Tobias Mayer published a strip map Nuernberg - Goettingen at Homann-Erben. Therefore the Tobias-Mayer-Museum (Marbach/Neckar) prepared a map exhibition at the Württembergische Landesbibliothek showing only this special type of strip maps. From the stocks of WLB Stuttgart and the private collections of W. Lierz, E. Rieber and others, over 130 objects are being shown, e.g. river panoramas, railway maps, cycling and motoring maps - everything in the form of strip maps. The time range is from the Roman Peutinger Map up until today, with the main impact on the 19th and 20th century. The exhibit moves to Göttingen, Nieders. Staats- und Univ.-Bibl. in September.
April 17, 2002 - August 16, 2002 - New York
The exhibition Scandia: Important Early Maps of the Northern Regions and Maps and Charts of Norway from the Collection of William B. and Inger G. Ginsberg opens at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets). This exhibition of 76 early maps and sea charts presents some of the most significant maps in the history of printed cartography of Scandinavia and Norway. The exhibition also includes half a dozen historically important world maps that illustrate the context in which the mapping of Scandinavia took place.
From antiquity to the present day, cartography has both enhanced and reflected our understanding of the world. Ancient maps depict gods and monsters, celestial bodies, and earthly terrain, demonstrating not only man's knowledge of natural boundaries, but his view of his place in the world. This exhibition celebrates the earliest maps of Scandinavia, from the first map of the area in 1482, to the sumptuous maps of the major cartographers of the 17th century, to the detailed maps made by 19th century Scandinavians. The diversity of source, purpose, and function of these maps, together with their elements of science and fantasy, decoration and utility, and history and propaganda, make them fascinating objects for study, appreciation, and enjoyment. While the maps in the exhibition contain elaborate decorative elements, they have been selected primarily for their importance in the history of cartography. They include maps printed from wood blocks and from copper plates, maps contained in books of maps (though not necessarily atlases in the modern sense of the word), maps published separately, and maps included as illustrations in books.
The first part of the exhibition, "Important Early Maps of the Northern Regions," covers the earliest period of printed maps of Scandinavia, specifically 1482 to 1601. The 43 maps comprising this section include the first printed map of Scandinavia (published in Ulm in 1482), maps of Scandinavia and Denmark from the first modern atlas (published by Abraham Ortelius in 1570), and rare world maps by Gastaldi (1546) and Rosaccio (a wall map first published in 1597). The second part is devoted to "Maps of Norway, 1602-1795" and "Sea Charts of Norway, 1585-1798." Among the 33 maps in this section are the first map showing Norway alone, the first map of Norway drawn and issued by a Norwegian cartographer, and a sea chart from the first official coastal survey of Norway.
Gallery talks will be held at 12:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays: April 30, May 7 and 21, and June 4. Scandinavia House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
May 21, 2002 - August 16, 2002 - Toronto
Expectations and Experience: the World of the Medieval and Renaissance Traveller is an exhibit at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. This exhibit will feature a variety of early maps, manuscripts, and early printed books drawn from the rich resources of the University of Toronto libraries and associated institutions: the Fisher Rare Book Library, the Robarts Map Library, and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Library. The exhibited images will provide a powerful visible reminder of how eagerly medieval and early modem westerners sought to learn more about the regions farther east and farther west, impelled both by the practical desire to extend trade routes and conquer new territories, and by the idealistic desire to explore new worlds.
October 31, 2001 - August 31, 2002 - Brussels Bruxelles à ciel ouvert - Brussel tussen hemel en aarde - Open Spaces in Brussels in the Brussels Town Museum.
June 4, 2002 - September 14, 2002 - Chambéry, France
The year 2002 has been named "International Year of the Mountains" by the United Nations. The Media library Jean-Jacques Rousseau will have an exhibition, The Mountain Discovered, of books, charts, atlases, prints, models, and posters demonstrating the relationship between man and the mountain.
August 8, 2002 - September 22, 2002 - Emden, Germany
The exhibition Columbus, Cook & Co, Nautical instruments, charts and travels from five centuries will be in the Johannes a Lasco Library, Kirchstr. 22, 26721 Emden, Tel. 0049 (0)4921/9150-0, Fax 0049 (0)4921/9150-50.
May 2002 - October 14, 2002 - Montreal
The achievements of the French king's colonial engineers are chronicled in an exhibition at the Stewart Museum titled: France in the Americas: Cities of the King's Engineers in the New World in the 17th and 18th Centuries. More than 200 maps, plans and archaeological artefacts are displayed. The exhibition was originally put together by La Corderie Royale, Rochefort, France. Its five components show structures at many sites including Louisbourg, Quebec, Montreal, Detroit, Louisiana, Martinique and Cayenne before the arrival of the king's engineers, then the training of the engineers, followed by street maps of the cities as planned by the engineers and designs of public buildings. The last section shows how these early plans still shape the way many of these cities look today. The exhibition will tour in 2003 to some U. S. cities, including Detroit (Dec. 2002-May, 2003), as well as some Canadian cities (2003-2004). Additional information from Eileen Meillon, Stewart Museum, Montreal, Tel. 514-861-6701, Fax. 514-284-0123.
August 6, 2001 - October 2002 - Scotland
"Mapping the Realm": Timothy Pont's portrait of Renaissance Scotland, is a small traveling exhibition prepared by the National Library of Scotland, which will be touring throughout Scotland, over the next few months. Mounted on ten panels the exhibition explores Pont's life, the background to his manuscript maps (the first detailed maps of Scotland prepared in the 1580s and 1590s) and his contribution to the first atlas of Scotland - volume 5 of Blaeu's Atlas Novus (1654). Some venues will also offer access to the Pont maps website. For information contact Project Pont, Map Library, National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SL, Scotland, UK; Tel 0131-226 4531 ext 3411/3418, Fax 0131-668 3472.
Venues arranged are:
Aug. 6- Sept.: 21 National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Sept. 24-29: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 24 George St. Edinburgh
Oct.: Dundee Central Library
Nov.: Glasgow: Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Dec.: Elgin Library
Jan.: Carnoustie Library
Feb.: Glenrothes: Lomond Centre
Mar.: South Ayrshire Libraries
Apr.: Dumfries & Galloway Libraries
May: Perth & Kinross Libraries
June-Aug.: Hawick Museum
Sept.: Glasgow: Mitchell Library
Oct.: North Lanarkshire Council
May 27, 2002 - October 27, 2002 - São Paulo, Brazil
O Tesouro dos Mapas - A cartografia na formação do Brasil [The Treasure of maps - The cartography in the formation of Brazil] at Instituto Cultural Banco Santos, Rua Hungria, 1100 - Jardim Paulistano.
May 2, 2002 - November 9, 2002 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Lancaster County Historical Society is exhibiting Putting Lancaster on the Map: Historic Maps of Lancaster County. The new, family-oriented exhibition features the gems of the historical society's map collection, a few treasures loaned by private collectors, and a hands-on discovery center for children. Admission to the exhibition is free. Putting Lancaster on the Map explores maps as pages of a history book, with each map revealing a piece of the past. These fascinating works provide insights into how Lancaster grew, what people considered important, and how they traveled from place to place. Several include illustrated scenes of county landmarks, giving viewers an even better sense of what the area was like at the time. The exhibition also introduces a few of the people who mapped Lancaster County, both on the ground and on paper. Among the exhibition's highlights are a 1764 map used by James Hamilton to plot out Lancaster City, 1824 maps of Lancaster County and the "Conestogo River," and four wall maps from the 1800s depicting Lancaster City. The historical society's first hands-on discovery center makes its debut in Putting Lancaster on the Map. In the discovery center, children can go on a treasure hunt, piece together a county-shaped puzzle, and draw and display a map of where they live. Visitors are invited to test their knowledge of county and state geography on computer games developed by the Lancaster County Geographic Information Systems Department. The Lancaster County Historical Society is located at 230 North President Avenue in Lancaster, at the corner of President and Marietta Avenues, next to James Buchanan's Wheatland. The historical society is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and remains open until 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission to exhibitions is free. For more information call 717-392-4633.
September 18, 2002 - November 10, 2002 - Paris
Du paysage à la Carte - Trois siècles de cartographie de la France [From Landscape to Maps - three centuries of cartography in France] at Château du Vincennes. Presented by the History Services of the Armed Forces, Wednesday to Sunday 14.00-18.00.
September 5, 2002 - November 11, 2002 - Helsinki
Map Exhibition From the 'Snout of a Pike-perch' to 'No Man's Land' at the National Archives of Finland, Rauhankatu 17, open Mon-Fri 1100-1600. Unique historical maps (mostly manuscript maps). The National Archives holds about 950.000 catalogued maps, town plans and drawings in over 200 archives or collections. The exhibition includes maps by the first surveyors to arrive in Finland.
September 30, 2002 - November 24, 2002 - Göttingen, Germany
250 years ago the famous German astronomer and cartographer Tobias Mayer published a strip map Nuernberg - Goettingen at Homann-Erben. Therefore the Tobias-Mayer-Museum (Marbach/Neckar) prepared a map exhibition at the Nieders. Staats- und Univ.-Bibl. showing only this special type of strip maps. From the stocks of WLB Stuttgart and the private collections of W. Lierz, E. Rieber and others, over 130 objects are being shown, e.g. river panoramas, railway maps, cycling and motoring maps - everything in the form of strip maps. The time range is from the Roman Peutinger Map up until today, with the main impact on the 19th and 20th century.
September 19, 2002 - November 24, 2002 - Nuremberg, Germany
"Auserlesene und allerneueste Landkarten" - Der Homännische Verlag in Nürnberg 1702-1848. An exhibition in the City Museum Fembohaus. With the Homann map publishing enterprise, Nuremberg became a European centre of map production. The printing workshop was founded by Johann Baptist Homann 300 years ago, and between 1734 and 1848 was located in the building later to be called Fembohaus. For a long time, the company was unrivaled in Germany, producing attractive and inexpensive, sometimes even excellent maps. The maps were often created by scientists who in years of painstaking work had consulted all available sources of their time.
While walking through the beautifully decorated original rooms of the former publishing house, now the City Museum, visitors will learn about the company history. Many beautiful old maps, tools and instruments will demonstrate the production process of copperplate maps: what preparations were necessary; how were the maps engraved, printed, and coloured; where were they sold; who used them and for what purpose?
About 150 maps, tools, instruments and documents tell the success story of the Homann publishing company and give an insight into the world of the production of maps during the 18th century.
If you have any questions, please contact Rudolf Käs M.A., Stadtmuseum Fembohaus Burgstraße 15, D-90402 Nürnberg, Phone: 0049-911-231 5418, Fax: 0049-911-231 5422; or Ruth Bach-Damaskinos, Stadtarchiv Nürnberg, Norishalle, Marientorgraben 8, 90317 Nürnberg, Phone: 0049-911-231 2774, Fax: 0049-911-231 4091; or Markus Heinz (scientific concept), Tegeler Strasse 35 S-13353 Berlin, Phone: 0049-30-45491655.
October 4, 2002 - December 1, 2002 - Amsterdam
The Amsterdam City Archive, Amsteldijk 67, will feature Kaarten van Amsterdam 1866-2000 [Maps of Amsterdam 1866-2000]. The exhibition is open daily from 10 to 5. An important reason to hold this exhibition is the publication of a catalogue on the same subject. This catalogue is written by Marc Hameleers and will contain over 200 entries. Over one hundred maps will be on show, and most of them are part of the collection of the City Archive. The maps show the history of the many expansions of the city. The highlight of the exhibition is the map made by J.G. van Niftrik in 1866, showing his plan to expand the city. Other well known maps represented are the map by Kalff (1975), Scheltema (1900) and the expansion plan by Van Eesteren (1935). Some maps have impressive dimensions, e.g. the map by Van Niftrik measures more than 3 by 4 metres.
Different kind of subjects are covered, such as tourist attractions, air-raid precautions during World War II, and the areas in Amsterdam where you were most likely to get infected by cholera. All the maps are accompanied by a 'contemporary' photograph so that the visitor can visualise what the city must have looked like at that certain point in time. A multimedia presentation will also be presented, showing how maps are made in the present time. In the special project called 'Real Time Saved, Dagboek in sporen' you will be able to see residents of Amsterdam carrying a GPS (Global Positioning System) device, making a trail through the city.
September 27, 2002 - December 1, 2002 - Breda, The Netherlands
This is Breda's 750th anniversary. The Museum of Breda (Parade 12 - Chassépark, entrance on Keizerstraat, tel.: 076 - 5299300) will exhibit a large collection of cartographical and topographical documents and pictures entitled Breda in Kaart [Breda in Maps]. Opening times: Tuesday through Sunday 10AM-5PM.
Many maps and prints exist from the entire period which give a picture of the historic evolution of the town. At this exhibition, the earliest date from the 16th century. A number of the rare maps and prints come from Breda itself, from the collections in Breda's Museum and the City Archives. Others come from collections both inside the Netherlands and from other countries. The result is a unique assemblage of the best materials for the exhibition. The exhibition is a wonderful way to close the commemorative year. A number of the items in this exhibition will appear at a special exhibition at Breda's Grote Kerk from November 20 until December 1, this to coincide with the November 22 & 23 holding of the European Map Fair at that location. Breda in Kaart will also be a book, and it will contain the best of the items on display at the museum. Many have not been published in books before. The cost of the book will be Euro 25, and be available beginning September 27. 96 pages in full color, illustrated, bound. 1500 copies will be printed. ISBN 90-806108-2-8
November 30, 2001 - December 1, 2002 - Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg will host At the Edge of the World: Mapping Scotland, a loan exhibition on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibition will feature 40-50 maps, charts and views that illustrate a fascinating blend of science and social history with some of the earliest efforts at the art of map making, a profession that emerged in the 15th century when Scotland was on the edge of the known world.
Mapping Scotland will include an exploration of early maps and urban views of Britain and Scotland, nautical charts, elaborate coffee table atlases and other cartographic miscellany. Significantly, this is only the second such display of Scottish maps in the U.S., the first having taken place at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, R.I., in 1995. Scottish map aficionados will note that the exhibition's opening date of Nov. 30 coincides with St. Andrew's Day honoring Scotland's patron saint.
Exhibition highlights will include: "The Wooly Mammoth Map," a 1522 interpretation of Ptolemy's second-century world map by Martin Waldseemuller; English historian John Speed's 1611 work, "History of Great Britaine," with its imaginative drawings of the early Scots with painted and tattooed bodies; a rare and possibly unique composite atlas primarily by John Adair, including his six marine charts of Scottish waters published in 1703; "The Orcades," the first scientific survey of Scottish waters by Murdoch Mackenzie, 1750; and Murdoch Mackenzie's 1757 maritime atlas of the coasts of Ireland and western Scotland.
Curiously, few of the creators of these works are actually British. "Of all the mapmakers represented in this exhibition, none are Scottish and only one, John Speed, is English," said John Hyman, Colonial Williamsburg guest curator. "From Ptolemy onward, the map trade was dominated by Europeans -- first the Germans, then the Italians and finally the Dutch. Though the English map trade clearly prospered, much of its production was engraved elsewhere, or was adapted or pirated from foreign sources since only a few mapmakers had the resources or skills needed for original work."
Hyman currently is writing a monograph to supplement the exhibition. The book will be published by Colonial Williamsburg. "Colonial Williamsburg is fortunate to benefit from the broad and generous scholarship of guest curator John Hyman, whose passion for collecting and researching Scottish treasures such as the items displayed in Mapping Scotland has provided us with this wonderful new exhibition," said Colonial Williamsburg vice president of collections and museums Ronald L. Hurst.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's award winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Colonial Williamsburg, displays the foundation's exceptional collection of English and American decorative arts. Entered through the reconstructed Public Hospital of 1773, the museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open daily. Hours vary seasonally. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate one-day or annual museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.
July 1, 2002 - December 21, 2002 - Oxford
As part of the Bodleian Library's 400th Anniversary celebrations, the current exhibition Wonderful things from 400 years of collecting: the Bodleian Library 1602-2002 includes the Gough Map, the oldest surviving road map of Great Britain dating from ca.1360. Admission is free. Mon. to Fri. 0930 to 1645, Sat. 0930 to 1230. Entrance to the Exhibition Room is from the Old Schools Quadrangle, Catte Street.
November 4, 2002 - December 31, 2002 - Warsaw
Imago Poloniae, an exhibition of treasures from the collection of Dr. Thomasz Niewodniczanski, will be at the Royal Palace. The collection, which also contains numerous printed documents and manuscripts, centers around historical impressions of maps depicting Poland. The exhibit moves to Cracow and Wroclaw in 2003.