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Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science, Then and Now - Art Exhibition - FREE EVENT



Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science, Then and Now - Art Exhibition - FREE EVENT

FREE ENTRANCE: City University Exhibition Gallery - Opening hours: 10.00am - 7.00pm daily / except Mondays


Jointly organised by CityU and the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana-Milan, the Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science, Then and Now Exhibition will be curated by Alberto Rocca, Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Isabelle Frank and Jeffrey Shaw.

The exhibition will include 12 original drawings from Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus from the Pinacoteca and Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, brought to Hong Kong for the first time to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.

The drawings will be accompanied by five machines modelled on Leonardo’s designs, and by works of contemporary artists reflecting Leonardo’s ongoing legacy and influence into the digital age.

In addition, faculty members of CityU's School of Creative Media will provide new media artworks inspired by and responding to Leonardo’s brilliant artistic creations. These two parts will showcase Leonardo’s unique creations that combine Art, Science, Technology and how his legacy survives into the present.

Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist, painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, mathematician, and even a musician, but he was first and foremost a polymath inventor and creator.

Whether looking at plants, musical harmonies, or elliptical curves of cannon balls, Leonardo was fascinated by the world around him, and devoted his life to exploring and transcribing it. His indiscriminate love for and exploration of the diversity of human and natural knowledge - arts, humanities, sciences and technology - earned him the name of a Renaissance man.

The most prolific artist of his time, Leonardo left behind over 6,000 drawings that reveal his scientific and creative mental world. Though Leonardo was revered as a painter during his lifetime, these thousands of sheets remained largely unknown before the 19th century (only his unfinished “Treatise on Painting” was published). Since then, however, his writings, overflowing with artistic, scientific, and technological inventions have become almost more famous than his artwork. They reveal a polymath whose prescient observations and scientific analyses seem to foreshadow later discoveries; one need only think of his flying machines, his perfect rendering of hydrodynamic water turbulence, and his industrial-age style machines.

As a tribute to Leonardo’s continuing influence, nine contemporary artists (eight based in Hong Kong) produced new artworks, imagining what Leonardo might have done in an era of digital media and virtual reality.

Combining new and old media, the artists respond to his ideas on flight, movement, light, and the act of drawing itself. Fully embedded in contemporary technology, these pieces nonetheless hark back in startlingly direct ways to the legacies of Leonardo’s drawings, paintings, and unlimited curiosity.

Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science, Then and Now Exhibition is part of Italia Mia Festival 2019



Data: Da Ven 20 Set 2019 a Dom 15 Dic 2019

Organizzato da : City University of Hong Kong / Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana - Milan

In collaborazione con : Consulate General of Italy / Italian Cultural Institute / Istituto Italo Cinese / Vivere all'Italiana / Marco Polo Society / Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao / Leonardo 1519-2019

Ingresso : Libero


City University Exhibition Gallery, 18/F Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong