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Month: September 2016

Aldo Manuzio. Il rinascimento di Venezia [Aldo Manuzio. The Renaissance of Venice]

Aldo Manuzio. Il rinascimento di Venezia  [Aldo Manuzio. The Renaissance of Venice]

Galleria dell’Accademia, Venezia

19 March–31 July 2016

Curated by Lodovico Beltramini, Davide Gasparotto, and Giulio Manieri Elia, the exhibition centers on the publisher Aldo Manuzio not simply by showcasing the innovations in his trade that transformed print culture. The history of his editions is placed in the context of Renaissance scholarly culture and visuality, with a keen attention to the social status of the book among his sophisticated first readers (often depicted in paintings by Titian and Lotto while holding one of the Aldine editions in their hands).

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

The British Library

15 April–6 September 2016

Shakespeare in Ten Acts, a superb and expansive exhibition at the British Library, offers a view into ten productions of Shakespeare that changed Shakespeare forever. Arranged chronologically, but offering pathways throughout to earlier and later centuries, ten displays both tap into traditional expectations and satisfy new curiosities. Coming from a variety of repositories, the materials range from the First Folio to a video clip of the Wooster Group’s digital-age Hamlet, delving all the while into topics including stage technology, globalism, gender, race, textual authenticity, and stage aesthetics.

Scholar, Courtier, Magician: The Lost Library of John Dee

Scholar, Courtier, Magician: The Lost Library of John Dee

Royal College of Physicians of London

18 January-28 July 2016

At the Royal College of Physicians, the oldest medical college in England, founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII and now located across from the southern boundary of Regents Park at 11 St. Andrews Place, London, there is a brilliant exhibition on the public and private life of John Dee examined through his books, works, and artifacts. In the College’s modern multi-tiered exhibition halls the life of John Dee (1527-1609) as student, scholar, courtier, mathematician, astrologer, magician and interpreter of the language of the angels is surveyed.

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016.

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

25 January–28 May 2016.

In answer to America’s “First Folio!” project, which will see copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio on display in museums, universities, public libraries, and at historical sites across the country, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Rare Book Library, the Thomas Fisher Library of University of Toronto, has assembled the most ambitious display of Shakespeare-related books in Canada, an exhibition complemented by a glorious full-colour catalogue, sized to match the Fisher’s extra-tall First Folio.

Miguel de Cervantes: de la vida al mito (1616-2016)

Miguel de Cervantes: de la vida al mito (1616-2016)

Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid)

4 March–22 May 2016

The exhibition has been put together jointly by Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) within the framework of a programme of activities held throughout the year to commemorate the fourth centenary of Cervantes’s death. The focus on the prominent author encompasses a three-folded perspective. The man, the personage and the myth are presented with the purpose of providing the spectator with a global vision of the impact of his legacy in the Western World, where his imperishable memory remains associated to the culture of Spain.