LEONARDO DA VINCI: ART & SCIENCE; THEN & NOW | Hong Kong, City University Exhibition Gallery

This vibrant, immersive, contemporary exhibition on Leonardo Da Vinci almost feels like a science fiction school lesson, with touchscreen information panels and rotating 3D renderings. Wondering what Da Vinci’s painting Madonna of the Rocks would look like in real life? No problem; just pick up the iPad outside an empty “holodeck” style room and walk around to explore.

In collaboration with the Pinacoteca and Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, celebrating 500 years since the artist’s death, twelve original drawings by Da Vinci are on display, for the first time in Hong Kong. Due to the way these thin sheets of paper have been mounted and lit, they actually look more like prints than the originals they are. The exhibition’s technical wizardry almost outshines them, but it’s great to get up close and personal with Da Vinci’s paper and ink nonetheless.

But the heart of the exhibition feels like it lies in the fifth and final section: “New Media and Contemporary Artworks”, all of which are inspired by Da Vinci’s legacy. reconFIGURING the CAVE developed and redeveloped by a large team between 1997 and 2019. Viewers put on 3D glasses and stand before a blank, holodeck-like corner, manipulating a Vitruvian man on a touchscreen, as a whirl of ever-changing fractals and impossible shapes pop out at you.

It’s difficult to turn twelve little drawings into a fully fledged exhibition, but the interactive and educational quality is so good you’ll be amazed it’s free entry.

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【城大舉辦達文西展覽 12幅手稿首次於香港展出】  為紀念文藝復興大師李奧納多.達文西逝世500周年,城大展覽館與米蘭昂布羅修圖書館合作,於9月20日至12月15日舉行「達文西:藝術與科學.過去與現在」展覽。展品包括12幅首次於香港展出的達文西手稿真跡、達文西著名畫作摹本及根據達文西手稿創作的機械模型。 https://bit.ly/30J8WgB  CityU holds Hong Kong’s 1st exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s original works On the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, CityU Exhibition Gallery is pleased to present “Leonardo da Vinci: Art & Science. Then & Now” from 20 September to 15 December 2019 in collaboration with the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. The exhibition will feature for the first time in Hong Kong 12 original da Vinci drawings and showcase his machine models and a replica of one of his famous painting. https://bit.ly/30MrigV

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Check out the exhibition online. Until 15 December 2019.

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