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Da Vinci: Shaping the Future is a journey through the work and legacy of the most celebrated artist and scientist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Presenting original masterpieces by da Vinci for the first time in Southeast Asia, the exhibition focuses on the Codex Atlanticus, da Vinci’s largest notebook.

Featuring groundbreaking designs, stunning artistic sketches and pioneering technological innovations, the Codex Atlanticus is the basis for an exploration of five key areas of da Vinci’s mastery: mathematics, natural sciences, architecture, technology, and music.  Original paintings by the School of da Vinci are presented in the centre of the exhibition, while the original pages of the Codex Atlanticus are displayed at the end.  Interwoven throughout the journey are five contemporary art installations, including three new commissions, which reveal how da Vinci's ideas and thinking remains strikingly resonant today.

Combining his original works, with innovative contemporary design, interactive exhibits, technology, film and contemporary art, the exhibition presents rich insights into da Vinci’s art, science, technology and his fascination with nature.  As the pioneer of what has become known as systemic thinking, da Vinci's approach to interweave connections among different disciplines, mark him out as a figure centuries ahead of his time.  Although he was born more than 500 years ago, da Vinci's genius, creativity, and unique approach continue to inspire and shape the future we live in.
As Asia's only museum exploring the intersection between art, science and technology, there is no more fitting venue for Southeast Asia's first exhibition of original masterpieces by history's most canonical artist and scientist.

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About Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance artist, architect, scientist, engineer, mathematician, designer, and musician. He is widely believed to be one of the greatest painters of all time, and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. From his iconic paintings, which include the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, to his groundbreaking work in anatomy, physics, hydraulics, technology and military engineering, da Vinci’s contribution to human knowledge is vastly significant.

Fundamental to his life and works was a deep respect for nature and a strong preference for direct observation and experience. While the texts of ancient Greece and Rome were popular sources of information for his Renaissance contemporaries, da Vinci did not take this information for granted. He considered experience to be the only means of obtaining truth and knowledge. This approach, combined with his innovative holistic perspective, was the root of his technological ingenuity and his artistic genius, which continue to teach and inspire practitioners in both the arts and sciences today.

Leonardo da Vinci’s mastery in such a diverse range of subjects

Everything Connects

Leonardo da Vinci’s mastery in such a diverse range of subjects mark him out as the archetypal Renaissance man. Yet his fundamental approach to artistic and scientific studies was far from typical. Unlike his contemporaries, a deep respect and fascination with nature was at the core of all da Vinci’s pursuits. He viewed the natural world as a living, profoundly dynamic and interconnected system, which he relentlessly sought to understand. 

Da Vinci: Shaping the Future addresses five key subjects of da Vinci’s work: mathematics, natural sciences, architecture, technology, and music. At the heart of each section of the exhibition lies da Vinci’s holistic perspective. He applied the principles of one subject to each of the others, breaking disciplinary boundaries to invent new and innovative solutions. Through the lens of each subject, the infinite web of interdisciplinary connections present in his work can be discovered. 

Da Vinci’s holistic perspective, now known as ‘systemic thinking’, placed him hundreds of years ahead of his time. His ability to observe and draw upon nature’s inherent connectivity is perhaps his greatest legacy.  Since the major issues of the world we live in, from food security to climate change, cannot be solved in isolation, da Vinci’s innovative approach is acutely relevant to us today.  Everything connects

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus

The Codex Atlanticus

At the heart of the exhibition is the display of original pages from the  Codex Atlanticus. The Codex Atlanticus is the world’s largest collection of writings and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, which explores a variety of subjects, from mathematics, to natural sciences, architecture, technology and music. For the first time in Southeast Asia, 13 original pages from da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus are presented in this exhibition.  In February 2015, these 13 pages will be replaced by 13 new pages from the Codex Atlanticus, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience 26 pages in total, over the lifespan of the exhibition.
The original pages are not only a testament to da Vinci’s innovative interdisciplinary approach, but have a history of their own. Since the death of da Vinci, they have been passed from hand to hand, bound together then unbound, studied by experts internationally, and travelled across the world. These masterpieces have stood the test of time, connecting people for centuries as they continue to inspire and shape the future.
In Da Vinci: Shaping the Future, the pages are displayed in a specially constructed gallery at the conclusion of the show.

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Da Vinci and his School

Da Vinci and his School

Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and well-known painters of all time. Grounded in traditional practice, he was able to transform his methods and materials to express unprecedented intellectual and artistic concerns. For da Vinci, the creation of works of art was not just a profession, but also an expression of a larger pursuit to observe and understand nature. It was through this approach that he revolutionised painting.
His mastery of painting ensured he had a strong following of pupils who continued his artistic legacy. They became known as the School of da Vinci.  Original masterpieces by the School of da Vinci are presented in this exhibition for the first time in Southeast Asia. These paintings, some of the most well-known works of the Renaissance, are reproductions of some of Leonardo Da Vinci's most important works. On display in the paintings gallery are:
Adoration of the Child with Saint Roch by Giampietrino (Gian Pietro Rizzoli)
(Early 1520's)
Portrait of a Lady by Painter between Lombardy and Emilia
(Circa 1490)
Christ Child with the Lamb by Bernardino Luini

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Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in Milan, Italy. Founded in 1607 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, it was the first library to be open to anyone who could read and write and currently counts more than 1,000,000 printed books, 15,000 parchments and 30,000 manuscripts. Among its treasures is the Codex Atlanticus, the world’s largest collection of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci, consisting of 1119 papers.
In 1618, alongside the Library, Cardinal Borromeo created an art gallery, which was to serve as a support for a future Fine Arts Academy, to train young artists. Among the masterpieces featured in the Ambrosiana’s collections are: the Portrait of a Musician by Leonardo da Vinci, the Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, the Madonna of the Pavilion by Botticelli and the great Cartoon of the School of Athens by Raphael.
The original masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, and his School, are on loan from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
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