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'Da Vinci: Shaping the Future': Illustrious fusion of the past and present

By Ang Jia YunEvents - 15 November 2014 1:24 PM | Updated 13 May 2015

'Da Vinci: Shaping the Future': Illustrious fusion of the past and present

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If there were work resumes back in the day, Leonardo da Vinci would have had one boasting diversity and talent so great that landing any job in the business would be as easy as pie. 

From 15 November to May 2015, the ArtScience Museum is determined to do justice to the archetypal Renaissance man – as a painter, geologist, botanist, musician, architect and mathematician – with the exhibition of ‘Da Vinci: Shaping the Future’.

“For Leonardo, there were no barriers between the arts, the sciences, technology, architecture and music. For him, the human knowledge was one system, and we’ve really tried to encapsulate that message within this exhibition – these notions, systems [of] thinking, and that everything connects,” said ArtScience Museum executive director Honor Harger.



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It will also feature works from both local and international contemporary artists, including French architect Yann Follain, British sculptor Luke Jerram, Singapore artist Donna Ong and British art duo Semiconductor. You might not wish to stall your visit for too long, as there will be Curator Guided Tours, Curator Talks and Artist’s Gallery Talks only on its opening weekend. 

Viewers will be intrigued by fascinating facts about da Vinci’s works, as well as illustrated insights into his ideas and inventions. Furthermore, the artists themselves are making appearances to share about their contemporary takes on da Vinci’s works.

Although he is best known for creating arguably the most famous painting in the world today, there is more to his Mona Lisa’s and The Last Supper’s. The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, a family of whopping five art installations inspired by da Vinci’s masteries will be on display, which will encompass 69 facsimiles reproduced from his notebook and three-dimensional models of his designs.



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“Technology is not opposite to tradition,” said the director of Italy’s Biblioteca Ambriosiana, Alberto Rocca.

For instance, the mathematical section celebrates the key principles of geometry and proportions, while da Vinci’s respect for nature is displayed through visualisations of microbiological life. While music is often seen as a subjective and intangible facet, he deciphered it through theoretical drawings and instrumental designs.

Also a believer of intersecting natural and man-made phenomena, his architectural designs showcases his originality and contribution to Renaissance architecture and even urban planning – especially in the grid-like spectacle of 'The Ideal City', which devises links between transportation and sewage.



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If you’re seeking some inspiration for your next architectural project or have a simple desire to be surrounded by historic, prestigious artwork, da Vinci is here – even in this time and age. 

Highlights of Opening Weekend 
Saturday, 15 November 2014 
Curator Guided Tour: 11.30am and 5pm; beginning at the first gallery of Da Vinci: Shaping the Future 
Curator Talk (The da Vinci Codex Atlanticus): 2.30pm; held on Level 4 of ArtScience Museum, Expression Gallery 
Artist's Gallery Talks: 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm; held within the exhibition galleries at Basement 2 

Sunday, 16 November 2014 
Curator Guided Tour: 11.30am and 5pm; beginning at the first gallery of Da Vinci: Shaping the Future 
Artist's Talks: 2.30pm - 4.30pm; held on Level 4 of ArtScience Museum, Expression Gallery 

'Da Vinci: Shaping the Future' | Date: 15 November - 17 May 2015 | Venue: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue | Tickets: $25-$68 (standard), $19-$51 (for Singapore residents), $30 (season pass, unlimited visits)