Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries

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Library and Archives Canada cordially invites you to visit the exhibition Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries, presented from September 22, 2016 to May 5, 2017, in the lobby at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa, Ontario.

Created by the architects Daniel V. Rauchwerger and Noam Dvir, and originally presented at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the exhibition explores the architecture of national libraries and their complex and fascinating relationship to a nation’s culture and history.

Drawing on historical materials collected from libraries and architects from around the world, it features examples like the majestic Baroque interiors of the Austrian National Library and Neoclassical masterpieces like Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Post-Soviet construction boom as displayed in Belarus National Library, as well as recent ultramodern projects in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. 

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