Two very different map-themed exhibitions currently taking place in London: Mapping the City, and Maps of Persia 1477-1925.
Mapping the City at Somerset House is an innovative and surprising show of works by 50 established and emerging street and graffiti artists. A mixed-media show, with work ranging from the literal to the abstract, Mapping the City exploits the unique viewpoint of the street artist in relation to his or her chosen city. Over 40 of the works have been specially commissioned by collaborative arts organisation A(by)P, and are for sale during the show.
Mapping the City
22 January – 15 February 2015
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
In direct contrast, Maps of Persia 1477-1925 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, takes us on a graphical journey though the history of Iran. The exhibition features a selection of the most significant urban plans, topographic maps, and sea charts illustrating how the mapping of the region advanced with scientific accuracy in detail, whilst incorporating artistic and design elements so intrinsic to the region.
The maps along with other supporting material – there are some fantastic engravings of the Shah of Iran’s visits to London from the London Illustrated News – are presented within the context of Persia as an important cultural cross-road in southwest and central Asia.
Maps of Persia 1477-1925
23 January – 21 March 2015
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG