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Biblo Palaces

With more than 400 displays, Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, is the first major exhibition in the US to study architectural work from Yugoslavia of those decades

From the mighty halls of ancient Alexandria to the coffered ceilings of the Morgan Library in New York, mankind has had a long, enraptured relationship with libraries. Capturing the grandeur of a few historic reading zones, Italian photographer Massimo Listri leads us to some of the oldest and finest libraries to reveal their architectural, historical, and imaginative wonder. His collection takes us through libraries with great wooden doors, spiralling staircases, and along exquisite, shelf-lined corridors, dating as far back as 766. These medieval, classical and baroque institutions hold some of the most precious records, inscribed and printed in manuscripts, volumes, papyrus scrolls, and incunabula. Featured libraries include the papal collections of the Vatican Apostolic Library, Trinity College Library, home to the Book of Kells and Book of Durrow, and the priceless holdings of the Laurentian Library in Florence, the private library of the powerful House of Medici, designed by Michelangelo and many more.

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