Cartography - Archive of Exhibitions Which Closed in 2024

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November 7, 2023 - January 20, 2024 - Victoria, Seychelles
The new Seychelles National Gallery, located inside the National Library building, will hold its first exhibition: The Seychelles: A Journey through the History of Maps (1482-1830). There will be around 40 maps and models of ships that sailed the Indian Ocean on display. The majority of maps were obtained from museums in France. Additionally there will be exceptional old artifacts linked to navigation and astronomy.

September 18, 2023 - January 30, 2024 – Minneapolis
Eyes on the World : Cartography in the Age of Sail is an exhibit from the James Ford Bell Library which features a wide range of maps and atlases produced by cartographers and printers from the 15th through the 18th century. These cartographers grappled with reconciling traditional world views with the constantly changing new information European travelers of all sorts brought back from around the globe. Exhibition is on view in Elmer L. Andersen Library, Bell Gallery (ground floor), 222 21st Ave S. Open during library hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday).

July 29, 2023 - January 31, 2024 – Corsica
The Corsican Museum invites you to travel and discover the world of maps. Cartografia, Corsica in maps 1520-1900 brings together geography and history in a corpus of representations of the island and the Mediterranean traced under the eye of the cosmographer, the politician, the military, the hydrographer. The exhibition, of over 300 items, presents a selection of ancient documents, maps and plans, books and atlases.

September 18, 2023 – February 23, 2024 - Ann Arbor
Manga no Ryokou: The “Manga Map” and A Journey Through the Art of Depiction in Japanese Cartography examines the intersection between art, narrative, and geography within Japanese cartography. It centers on the titular “manga map”, a rare Japanese travel map of Japan (ca. 1934) that is densely packed with manga illustrations detailing local folklore, history, architecture, flora/fauna, and more. The exhibit also includes works of Japanese art and cartography in order to consider the dichotomy between artistry and geographic depiction, and how that plays with the definition of a “map.” Exhibition can be seen in Clark Library Exhibit Space, Hatcher Library South.

September 23, 2023 - February 24, 2024 – Haverfordwest
An exciting new exhibition of maps from the National Library of Wales will open at the Riverside Gallery, Haverfordwest. The
Wales to the World exhibition will display a selection of maps from the more than 1.5 million objects cared for in the National Map Collection in Aberystwyth. The exhibition ranges from the oldest map in the National Library of Wales to newly commissioned artworks, funded by Welsh Government’s Anti-racist Wales Action Plan. Highlights of the exhibition include Cambriae Typus by Humphrey Llwyd – the earliest printed map specifically of Wales, a Cold War map of Pembroke Dock secretly drawn by the Soviet Union, 17th century playing cards on a map theme, and a German propaganda map quoting David Lloyd George. Brand-new artworks inspired by the map collection will also be on display for the first time in this exhibition, alongside the items that inspired them.

September 16, 2023 - – March 3, 2024 - St.Gallen, Switzerland
Celestial globes made by Jost Bürgi are displayed in the exhibition
Key To The Cosmos at Kulturmuseum St.Gallen, Museumstrasse 50.

September 23, 2023 – March 3, 2024 - 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
The exhibition Mapping Modernity – Mapping Modernity tells the story of our world in 250 maps. You can imagine the makers of the maps: the SS commander who designed the Jewish ghetto with a few lines on the map of Warsaw in 1940, thus sealing the fate of thousands of people. The concerned Rijkswaterstaat official who handed in a map to his bosses with better protection of Zeeland, two days before the flood disaster in 1953. The makers of the 19th century American school atlas which indicates which peoples are civilized and which have yet to develop into white standard (if that is even possible). The exhibition Mapping Modernity – Mapping Modernity is the crowning achievement of the work of the passionate collectors John Steegh and Harrie Teunissen. Exhibition is in Design Museum Den Bosch, De Mortel 4.

April 27, 2023 - March 22, 2024 – Madrid
Before the discovery of America (1492) and the subsequent realization in Europe (around 1503) that these lands were a new continent and not part of Asia, the known world graphically "fit" in a single circle or hemisphere. Thus, both the world maps of the ancient Greek and Roman geographers, as well as the later ones of the Middle Ages, used to have the shape of a circle . The first known map showing America as a separate continent, published in 1507, was also the first to include a small double - hemisphere map as an explanatory diagram of the new configuration of the world. Since then, double-hemisphere maps, colloquially known as "two of oros [coins]" due to their similarity to that card in the Spanish deck of cards, have been associated with the image of ancient cartography, reaching their highest levels of aesthetic beauty during the 17th and 18th centuries when authentic copper-engraved works of art were produced for later printing. The exhibition El mundo en un “Dos de Oros” offers a selection of maps in "two of oros" belonging to different periods, made in different styles. Exhibition is in Instituto Geográfico Nacional, C/ General Ibáñez de Ibero, 3.

July 29, 2023 - March 30, 2024 – Corsica
The Corsican Museum invites us to travel and discover the world of maps. Cartografia, Corsica in maps 1520-1900 brings together geography and history in a corpus of representations of the island and the Mediterranean traced under the eye of the cosmographer, the politician, the military, the hydrographer. The exhibition presents a selection of ancient documents, maps and plans, books and atlases, as well as the actors and the many techniques that participate in the cartographic discipline.

September 28, 2023 - March 2024 - Staunton, Virginia
Scott Ballin is telling a story, at least in part, through maps. An avid collector of maps, Ballin's latest exhibit, Early American Immigrants – 1600-1800: The Shaping of a Future Nation, is currently on display at the Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Rd. At the exhibit, Ballin displays a series of beautiful original maps which demonstrates the evolutionary changes that this country was going through.

September 9, 2023 – April 27, 2024 – Boston
How do Bostonians get from here to there in a city full of trains, trolleys, ferries, and more? Whether in the familiar colored lines of today’s MBTA map or the complicated timetables of long-vanished omnibus routes, maps have long been an indispensable instrument for getting around town. Getting Around Town: Four Centuries of Mapping Boston in Transit will feature an extraordinary collection of transit maps dating from the seventeenth century to the present, and invites questions about how people have moved around the city in the past, present, and future. Exhibition can be seen in Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. Guest curated by Steven Beaucher, author of Boston in Transit and owner of WardMaps.

October 27, 2023 - April 30, 2024 - Las Vegas, Nevada
The history of Nevada’s current boundaries spans hundreds of years and is a story of war, expansion, and the quest for wealth. Follow this history through maps at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, 309 S. Valley View Blvd. Learn how the State of Nevada came to be at the exhibition Mapping Nevada: Tracing Nevada’s Statehood Through Maps.

April 1-30, 2024 – Stanford
Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collection, 397 Panama Mall, presents Earth Day 2024 - Southern Cone Wildlands: an exhibit celebrating Earth Day 2024 and the historic contributions of Tompkins Conservation to rewilding and conservation efforts in Argentina & Chile! The book and map exhibits highlight the natural history of South America's Southern Cone, particularly wildland conservation and ecotourism in Patagonia. Books and a selection of maps are displayed on the library's main floor. Additional maps are displayed on the library mezzanine exhibit wall (access from within the library).

November 1, 2023 - May 26, 2024 - Ostend, Belgium
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the creation of the General East India Company, better known as the Ostend Company. An exhibition, 300 Years of the Ostend Company, is in the City Museum of Ostend, Langestraat 69.

April 24, 2024 - May 31, 2024 – Florence
he exhibition Giovanni da Verrazzano between Florence and New York: cartographies between the 1300s and 1600s can be seen in the headquarters of the Istituto Geografico Militare, Via C. Battisti, 10. The exhibition celebrates the 500th anniversary of Giovanni da Verrazzano's discovery of New York Bay. On display are a selection of planispheres, drawings and prints, produced between the 15th and 17th centuries, offering a historical overview ranging from the rediscovery of Claudius Ptolemy's treatise on 'Geography' to the arrival of the Florentine Giovanni da Verrazzano in the American bay where, in 1665, the city of New York would later rise.

April 17, 2023 - May 2024 - Boulder, Colorado
Featuring the works of two contemporary women artists, Charlotte Bassin and Deborah Cole, and maps from the Earth Sciences & Map Library collection; No Boundaries: Women Transforming the World highlights how using maps in art-making prompts us to re-evaluate what we know about space, place and depiction of ourselves in the world. The exhibit will also a display a number of maps by women cartographers from the map collection highlighting the historic and current role of women in cartography, exploration and geographic representation. Exhibit can be seen in Earth Sciences & Map Library, Benson Earth Sciences Building, 2200 Colorado Avenue.