1514. BOOK. 2014.


Books have always belonged to someone, and still do. A book is at once a material and an intellectual possession, concealing a powerful force of influence. Books preserve and create knowledge, they allow the imagination to reach places where the body has never been. The printed book changed the world by first changing its readers. The period 500 years ago was significant, because back then, as today, when digital content is coming to replace printed material, the nature of the book was undergoing important changes. With the development of printing technology, books became cheaper, more convenient to read and accessible to a wider audience; books became the messengers of religious and social change. The distant year 1514 vividly characterises the age of great change: the end of the Renaissance and the blossoming of humanism, culminating in the Reformation. This exhibition provides an opportunity to examine the books published in that particular year across Europe, revealing the cultural richness and diversity of the age. The exhibition shows relationship between books and individuals 500 years ago. 

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