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26 June - 30 July 2018: Capsule: Inside the Medieval Book

In the winter of 2015 Professor Anthony Bale, a medievalist at Birkbeck College, rediscovered four beautiful and rare books in the College’s library. Dating from c. 1425 to 1499, these books are the inspiration for this art project, the result of a creative collaboration between Bale and Shay Hamias, who specialises in narrative-based animation art.

The four medieval books are a kind of ‘capsule collection’ of medieval culture and art: representing religion in France, medicine in Siena, philosophy in Verona and historical literature in Venice.  The exhibition at the Peltz Gallery explores the materiality of the medieval book and the idea of the ‘capsule collection’ to showcase contemporary ways of thinking through medieval objects. Birkbeck’s four medieval books will be on public display at the centre of the exhibition, with explanatory material for the general public; Hamias’ artwork will surround and animate the manuscripts, drawing the visitor into the enticing world of the medieval book.

26th June 2018 - 6-8.00pm Exhibition opening and private view. Book your ticket here, all welcome!

4th July 2018 - 6.30-8pm Walkabout with Professor Anthony Bale and Leverhulme artist-in-residence Shay Hamias. Book your tickets here, all welcome!

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