Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Exhibition : Capital - Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam

Venice from the 13th century and Amsterdam in the 17th century, both played a significant role in the economic and social development of the West.

The origins of capitalism
In the exhibition Capital - Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam, the Landesmuseum Zürich, in English: National Museum Zürich, introduces us to the origins of our economic system. "The exhibition focuses on the emergence of capitalization and financial instruments between the late Middle Ages and the early modern age. The exhibition looks at the merchants and traders who invented these instruments."  

Capital - Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam
14 Sep 2012 - 17 Feb 2013
Zürich, Switzerland

On display are: model ships, nautical instruments, rare sea charts, handbooks for merchants, architectural models, sumptuous gold and silver objects, magnificently illustrated folios, et cetera. Films, especially produced for this exhibition, can be seen as well. 

Significant for us, there is scripophily exhibited too: one share unlike anything else. 
If your schedule allows it and you are in the neighbourhood of Zürich, this could be your only chance to see the oldest known share of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) : unique and of the highest importance for scripophily. 

Practical info
  • location : Landesmuseum Zürich, Museumstrasse 2, 8021 Zürich
  • duration : 14 Sep 2012 - 17 Feb 2013
  • opening hours : Tue - Sun 10:00 – 17:00, on Thu open until 19:00
  • closed : on Mondays but open on holidays, check opening hours here 
  • entrance fee: adults CHF 10.–, reduc. CHF 8.–, children up to 16 years free of charge

Further reference
  • The exhibition site, see here 
  • Der Kapitalismus - wie alles begann, in English: Capitalism - how it all started, online article by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, including a video report on the exhibition, see here .
  • The National Museum Zürich 
  • Further press information on the exhibition, see there .
  • The oldest VOC share is just a recent discovery, see here.


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