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University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9049)
Randall H. Silverman (Project Director: August 2021 to July 2022)
Randall H. Silverman (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

Exhibitions: Planning
Public Programs

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$74,999 (approved)
$73,130 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 4/30/2024

From Jikji to Gutenberg: The Origins of Printing from Cast-Metal Type

Planning for a synchronous multisite exhibition in 2027 to observe the 650th anniversary of the earliest texts printed by movable metal type in Western Europe and East Asia.

From Jikji to Gutenberg will accurately reflect the development of printing from movable type, first in East Asia and then, independently, in Western Europe. The associated international exhibition will address one of humanity’s greatest achievements in 43 synchronized free or very affordable venues. The exhibit’s centerpiece will be each research library’s Gutenberg Bible paired with a pre-Gutenberg Korean printed book (loaned Korean incunabula will be provided, as necessary). A team of 30 scholars, technical researchers and language specialists have collaborated to bring the general public a comprehensive assessment of early Korean printed books juxtaposed with European incunabula. The two-month show opens on the 650th anniversary of the printing of Jikji, the oldest surviving book printed from metal type. The Library of Congress has agreed to participate in the exhibit as it embraces an inclusive narrative of global proportions.