Nowadays we enter an address on Google Maps and we are explained in great detail how to get there. You used to use a map to determine your route. And maps, that is exactly what the new exhibition ‘Maps: navigating and manipulation‘ in the Museum of Ethnology in Leiden is all about. You visit it from today, 10 October 1024!
With maps from the collection of the Leiden University Libraries and work by contemporary artists, the museum delves into a world of navigation and manipulation in this exhibition. This new exhibition will not open just like that: it is part of Leiden City of Science 1024. Come see it!
Many different cards
Cards come in many shapes and sizes and one thing applies to all variants: there is always a reason to make one. When you look at a copy, you should really ask yourself: who is mapping what and why. For example, is it to find your way from A to B? Or to clarify which area needs to be conquered? Exactly that versatility is what you will see in this exhibition.
Read more under the photo >
Once inside the museum you will discover that the exhibition is divided into three parts:
- The first part shows in which
different forms maps may appear, such as navigation maps and expanded variants of the universe.
Part two addresses the question what you can map
. For example, you can view the special work The Autistic Brain, a map that shows life with autism.
The last part is about the effects of cards. In other words: what influence or power can you exert with it?
Put on your critical glasses
With this exhibition, the Museum of Ethnology challenges you to look critically at the maps. Do you see a ‘real’ card here or is there perhaps a catch and the maker is trying to mislead you? You get an insight into the different layers that can be seen in cards: cool!
Score a ticket
Are you curious about the collection of cards and the special work of the artists? Then score tickets and visit this new exhibition! ‘Maps: Navigating and Manipulating’ can be seen from 10 October 2023 to 29 October
in the Museum of Ethnology in Leiden.