By journeying with Plantin through the 16th century

Mini-expo

In the spring and summer of 2020, we will be going on a journey. Plantin travelled a lot, but never for his own leisure. It was always business first. We will head off on business trips to Leiden, Paris and Frankfurt.

Plantin travelled a lot, to Paris, where he had a bookshop and lace trade, to Leiden where he had a second company, to Frankfurt for the Book Fair (Buchmesse), ... He was on the road for almost half of the year. He was an experienced traveller.

How did people travel at a time with no motorways, GPS, smartphones or TripAdvisor? Plantin carried tables that calculated how long each journey took. Unfortunately, he didn't keep accurate records of where he slept, ate and how much he spent. Fortunately, there are other contemporaries, such as Dürer and Montaigne, who did take extensive notes during their travels.

We are dispatching young photographers to follow in Plantin's footsteps, using different means of transport. In what ways do travel distances and travel times differ from journeys in the 16th century?

From 25 April to 30 August 2020 - intervention in the permanent collection

Museum Plantin-Moretus
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