Uppsala University Library

Exhibitions 2005-2016

You can find more information on the exhibitions from the year 2005 to 2015 below.
You can still buy catalogues from past exhibitions at the shop in Carolina Rediviva's foyer.  A few of them are available to buy online.

Apart from the exhibitions below there has been a yearly exhibition to honor the Nobel laureate of literature.

KABOOM!! Tecknade serier – kul, kult eller kultur?

En utställning om serier ur Uppsala universitetsbiblioteks samlingar
10 september 2016 – 8 januari 2017

Tecknade serier väcker associationer, känslor och reaktioner.  För många har det varit vägen till läsning, för andra en stunds förströelse eller vuxit till ett stort och initierat intresse. Serier har också mötts med skepsis och betraktats som undermålig litteratur. Trots att kritiken mot serier som företeelse tenderar att återkomma är serietecknandet ett synnerligen livaktigt litterärt och konstnärligt skapande samt ett forskningsområde inom flera ämnen, bland andra litteraturvetenskap och konstvetenskap.
Denna utställning inbjuder dig att följa med på en exposé genom seriernas värld och en inblick i dagens serieforskning. 

Serietidningen med dess figurgallerier kan ses som en spegelbild av samhället. Världshändelser, goda som onda, blir en del av serievärlden. När faror hotar kan figurer som Stålmannen konstrueras för att rädda världen och när tiderna är relativt lugna skapas serier om ett vardagsliv med skruvad humor eller med fartfylld action för att skapa spänning i tillvaron. Även i dagens serier av feministiska och samhällskritiska serieskapare kan vi se kopplingen mellan fiktion och verklighet.

Fokus för utställningen är Sverige, men svenskt serieskapande har även influerats och påverkats av internationella serier, framförallt från USA. Flera exempel på detta finns i utställningen.

Konst i bokform - Jörgen Hammars konstnärsböcker

28 maj – 28 augusti, Carolina Rediviva.

Under tre sommarmånader visades teckningar och målningar av konstnären Jörgen Hammar (f. 1935). Jörgen Hammar är framförallt verksam som skulptör, men också som tecknare, grafiker och målare. Konstnären har under de senaste 15 åren tolkat litterära verk och urkunder, t.ex. Bibeln och det finska nationaleposet Kalevala. Till universitetsbiblioteket har Jörgen Hammar donerat ett 70-tal av sina konstnärsböcker (artists' books) med tolkningar i teckning och måleri.

Vernissage med invigning av Europaparlamentariker Cecilia Wikström ägde rum den 28 maj kl. 15.00.

Mer information om donationen och konstnärsböckerna: Jörgen Hammars konstnärsböcker

Andreas Vesalius and the Anatomical Renaissance

This year’s exhibition at Carolina Rediviva celebrates the quincentenary of Andreas Vesalius’s birth.

Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564) is acknowledged as the founder of modern anatomy and his pioneering work De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543) is a milestone in medical history. Vesalius also made a significant contribution to the art of anatomical illustration. All his works on the subject are illustrated, and the pictures are often very well executed.

After the publication of Fabrica, illustrations became a natural feature of almost every anatomical atlas, his illustrations having paved the way for a new tradition in anatomical illustration, examples of which can be seen in the exhibition.

The exhibition is a co-operation between Hagströmerbiblioteket (Karolinska Institutet) and Uppsala University Library.

Opening hours of the exhibition hall and additional information regarding availability.

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The Book of all of us – a small exhibition about the Bible

6 May 2015 - 16 May 2015 - Carolina Redivia

The exhibition showed old, beautiful manuscripts and interesting translations of the Bible, to a number of different languages.

The exhibition is now available in digital form online. (In Swedish only.)

The Book of all of us – a small exhibition about the Bible

Graphic design by Karl-Erik Forsberg

15 May 2014 - 3 May 2015 - Carolina Rediviva

Karl-Erik Forsberg (1914-1995) is one of Sweden’s most famous graphic designers. Among his diverse production are the many trademarks he designed such as those for Gustavsberg, the Swedish Radio (SR), the Swedish National Encyclopedia (NE), VOLVO and for Uppsala University he also created the AUU logo for the publication series Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.

In addition he has drawn a number of typefaces, the most well-known being Berling Antiqua, a typeface which Uppsala University uses in its graphic profile. The typeface is one of the few produced in Sweden to have achieved international acclaim. Another of the alphabets drawn by Forsberg can be seen in the text “UPPSALA UNIVERSITET” in the University’s seal.
An important part of Karl-Erik Forsberg’s production was the design of books and book wrappers. He designed more than 1,000 books in four decades.

The exhibition was constructed using the University Library’s Karl-Erik Forsberg collection and gave a retrospective presentation of this man’s richly diverse production.

Bokstavskonst av Karl-Erik Forsberg

Platonic Solids and Quasicrystals - Moments in the History of Crystallography

30 May 2013 - 4 May 2014 - Carolina Rediviva

The exhibition was about crystallography and showed how this science has been perceived over time. By collaborating with the Museum of Evolution at Uppsala University, we could exhibit books side by side with real crystals, models of crystals and instruments that have been used to measure the angles of these strange formations that seem to have been cut and polished by human hand whereas in fact they have been shaped by uniform atomic structures.

The exhibition was inaugurated on 30 May by Professor Ulf Danielsson.

The Apples of their Eyes

27 May 2008 - 8 May 2009 - Carolina Rediviva

This exhibition showed how important collecting - especially that of book collectors - is for the Library. Collections are created, scattered and new ones founded. The exhibition put on view books, photographs, drawings and manuscripts from the collections of collectors from the 17th century up to the present day, collections which in one way or another have become part of the Uppsala University Library.

Books from the Jarl and Anna Hellichius' large private book-binding collection were also exhibited. The artistry of hand bound books, book-binding experts and specialists and even a sculptor were represented in the exhibition.

Fennica vetera - a mini exhibition

17 May - 22 May 2013 - Carolina Rediviva

During a few days the exhibition displayed finnish documents from the Library's collections, among them two of the oldest known finnish manuscripts and a latin book of manuscript formerly owned by Bishop Thomas of Finland (d. 1248).

From a stubborn root to a notable tree

22 May 2007 - 8 May 2008 - Carolina Rediviva

View the Exhibition online

Uppsala University Library commemorated Linnaeus with a unique exhibition. For nearly a whole year, from the 22 May of Linnaeus' tercentenary, an unusually broad selection from the Library's invaluable Linnaeus collections were on view for the public.

Manuscripts written in his own hand, letters, first editions of seminal works and rare editions illuminated the life and achievements of our most famous scientist. 

Taking autobiographical material as a starting point, the exhibition focused on three major themes:

”I arrived at this place and became registered at the student house called Småland” – Linnaeus and Uppsala

”I have, I maintain, seen this myself” – Linnaeus on his travels

”Expand reputation with action” – Linnaeus in an international perspective

Fire and flame! From tottering power to a new nation 1809

28 May 2009 - 7 May 2010 - Carolina Rediviva

The exhibition celebrated that 200 years had passed since Sweden and Finland went their separate ways in 1809.

For a Barrel of Rye Flour - An Exhibition on Bookbinding, Ownership and Use of Books

24 May 2012 - 30 April 2013 - Carolina Rediviva

The exhibition offered a wide insight into books both as utility items and pieces of artwork. A selection of books from the University Library's collections were exhibited under three headings: book bindings, ownership and usage. The selection covered four centuries, from the 15th -19th century. You could see various techniques, materials, colours and decorations that have been used in book making. There were examples of various types of ownership markers and documentation in and around the books that afforded them a special place in a social context for the vendor, purchaser, donator, recipient and owner. These notes, markers and other traces of reading showed how the books were used in older times.

Gustaf Fröding

Uppsala University Library's online exhibition commemorated the centenary of the death of the Swedish poet Gustaf Fröding, 1860-1911. The exhibition was based on the time that Gustaf Fröding spent in the Mental Hospital in Uppsala and on manuscripts held in the Library. Unfortunately, the exihibtion is no longer available.

At the Wedding Photographer

24 June - 29 August 2010 - Carolina Rediviva

The exhibition showed wedding photographs 1870-1970 from the Library's image collection.

Bridal couples have visited the professional photographers since the end of the 19th century. The wedding photography looks much the same during the years, although the photos of the brides and bridegrooms of today sometimes try to find an expression of their own. But almost all bridal couples have one thing in common; in spite of all the private cameras, they have turned to a professional photographer – the wedding photographer.

Weird animals - a cross section of the fauna

24 June - 29 August 2010 - Carolina Rediviva

The exhibition was Uppsala University Library's contribution to the Museum Day that took place on November 8th 2009 at Upplands Museum. The event was organised by the Uppsala Museums' information society - UMI.  

The weird animal in the picture was found among drawings of animals in the Linnean Collection.

A feather-clad virtuoso - 600 years with people and canaries

15 June - 31 August 2012, Carolina Rediviva

The canary, a little member of the finch family with a great singing voice, started its conquest of Europe and other parts of the world at the beginning of the 15th century. Canaries showed great potential not just a singing birds, but also possessed other qualities that won them friends everywhere. Lots of Swedish writers have sung the praises of canaries, football teams have been named after them and devoted breeders have developed a multitude of varieties of canaries.

This was an exhibition about man's first real pet, kept purely for his pleasure. The Swedish and international history of the canary is presented through a selection of the numerous books written about this fascinating bird.

Take up and write - a history of the pen

1 June 2006 - 5 May 2007 - Carolina Rediviva

Using pens and pencils as a starting point a history of the pen with three sub-themes was presented. Pens and books, which in one or other way are connected to the history of the pen, were used to illustrate the history:

A breath from the past - and the pen.
Symbol, science - and the pencil.
The anatomy of writing - and the ballpoint pen.

The Call of the Orient - The professor's chair in Semitic languages in Uppsala 400 years

3 June 2005 - 3 May 2006 - Carolina Rediviva

The exhibition was arranged to coincide with the symposium The professor's chair in Semitic languages in Uppsala - 400 years, 1605-2005 ( 21-23 September 2005). The exhibition was opened by Professor Bo Isaksson.

The exhibition was a journey of 400 years at Uppsala University and one of its oldest fields of research, the Semitic languages. It began with Karl IX's letter establishing the professor's chair and the dominant research topic of the times, the Old Testament and its studies of the Jewish holy texts. The journey then went to Mecca and invaluable manuscripts of the Koran.  It continued with the division of the Semitic languages, different characters and alphabets and reached the 19th century with its great diversity of research, and finally landed in today's penetrating studies in the area. The exhibition also highlighted the rich cultural contacts that Sweden has had with the Near East and North Africa and the importance of these contacts. Swedish studies in situ were given due exposure, as were the lives and activities of the large immigrant groups in Sweden.

The curators of the exhibition were Hans Nordesjö (senior librarian) and  Xtina Wootz (senior administrative officer).

Printed in Uppsala for 500 years

27 May 2010 - 7 May 2011 - Carolina Rediviva

In 1510, the first book was printed in Uppsala, Psalterium Upsalense, by the printer Paul Grijs. This event was the starting shot for a uniquely rich production of books and other printed matter, which is continuing even today. In this year’s exhibition at Carolina Rediviva, we follow the art of book printing in Uppsala from the early 16th century via the academic press and the growth of the large-scale private printing operation during the 19th century, up to the modern digital era.

Wulfila and the Gothic Bible

25 May 2011 - 28 April 2012 - Carolina Rediviva

The Visigothic Bishop Wulfila (311– ca 381 A.D.) was the person who translated the Bible into Gothic and who created the Gothic alphabet. The Codex Argenteus, or Silver Bible, kept at Uppsala University Library, is today the most important physical remnant of Wulfila's Bible translation.

Wulfila's 1,700-year Jubilee 2011 was celebrated in various places in Europe, not least here in Uppsala.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, Anders Wejryd.