July 05, 2012
Exhibition: The Diaspora of the Armenian Book 1512–2012
From June 13 to September 9, the exhibition The Diaspora of the Armenian Book 1512–2012 will be held at the Special Collections library of the University of Amsterdam. The exhibition offers a vivid impression of five centuries of Armenian book printing and of the spread of Armenians and their culture across Europe, the Near East and the Far East.
Among the most striking objects of the exhibition are the oldest printed Armenian book, which appeared in Venice in 1512, and the first printed Bible in Armenian, published in Amsterdam in 1668. Also on display is the Armenian type which was produced by the Haarlem type foundry Enschedé. An interactive feature translates Armenian letters into the corresponding sounds. Liturgical objects from the Armenian Church on the Kromboomssloot (in Amsterdam) remind one of the centuries-old presence of Armenians in Amsterdam.
Accompanying the exhibition is a publication in English and Armenian by John A. Lane. The exhibition has been organized in cooperation with the Armenian Ministry of Culture and the National Library of Armenia, in Yerevan. In the winter of 2012, the exhibition can be viewed in Yerevan.
For further information see the Special Collections library website of the University of Amsterdam.
Posted by Francis Cave at July 5, 2012 10:30 PM