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LEONARDO DA VINCI is hailed as the greatest genius of all time from the Renaissance Period (late 14th century to about 1600). He is well-known as the artist behind The Mona Lisa.
But with the discovery of his codices (think coded idea notebooks) and the reconstruction of his inventions, people now get to further appreciate his forward thinking, vision, and artistry, which was well ahead of his time. One of his famous drawings is that of the Aerial Screw, believed to be the forerunner of the modern helicopter.
Finally, the most comprehensive traveling exhibition (with over 200+ exhibits) of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works is now here in Manila. The Mind Museum and Grande Exhibitions Australia presents "Da Vinci – The Genius" for a limited 3-month exhibition which opened today. 🙂
Admittedly, I thought the exhibition would be boring and only for the renaissance art lovers and hopeless inventors. But it was actually very inspirational, and you leave with a passion to make your own difference in the world.
So, is it worth going to? Read this first before going to the Da Vinci exhibit…
Leornardo da Vinci Machines Museum, Venice, Italy
Le Macchine di Leonardo
Campo S.Barnaba 2771 | Dorsoduro | Venezia
Tel: 339.7985464 | Fax: 0583.312252
Ticket price: 3 Euros/ person
DA VINCI The Genius Traveling Exhibit @TheMindMuseum, Philippines
Finally, we can experience the same exhibit and more, right here in Manila!
Da Vince – The Genius is a more comprehensive exhibit that not only features Leonardo's Renaissance artworks and interactive machine reproductions from his codices, but also his works in music and optics, hydraulics and aquatics, physics, and anatomy.
A lot of people love the Renaissance Art hall, which showcases high-quality reproductions of Leonardo's Renaissance artworks.
The Vitruvian Man featuring the Golden Ratio and illustrating the perfect proportions of the human body.
The Last Supper which is digitally projected into the wall (instead of an actual reproduction).
It's also fascinating to see Leonardo's ideas about war machines like…
Carro Armato, a precursor to the Modern Tank.
Cannone a Vapore or the Steam Cannon.
Multi-Directional Gun Machine or Machine Gun.
Music and Optical
Here's an exhibit on his Portable Piano Idea.
One of the most photographed exhibits is the Mirrors Room…
(Tip: This is a photo-op with the family you should not miss. :))
Hydraulic and Aquatic
Here's an interactive exhibit on Archimedes' Screw for lifting water effortlessly.
Here's a demonstration of the Emergency Bridge idea, made from small tree trunks and to be used during battle. You can do it yourself for a better understanding of the concept. Who knows, you might use it someday.
…the Aerial Screw (Modern Helicopter).
In the Physics area, you can get lost in just playing with the interactive machines like the Weight Study Mechanism or Compound Hoist…
…and Flying Wheels.
The Humanoid Automaton or Modern Robot idea.
Leonardo’s Self-Propelled Car…
…and his Crank Operated Cart.
Overall, it's an inspiring, educational exhibit that is a must-see with your whole family. I love the interactive machines, the Renaissance art, and the mirror room. 🙂 Check out his life story, explore the Codices, and watch the documentary to fully appreciate the mystery surrounding Leonardo.
It's indeed worth every peso, and it's not as boring as I expected it to be but actually awe-inspiring.
Don't miss this traveling exhibition which is only in Manila until the end of November!
DA VINCI – THE GENIUS Traveling Exhibition
Special Exhibition Hall @ The Mind Museum
September 1 to November 30, 2013
Da Vinci only: Adult (P250), Children/Students (P200)
Da Vinci + 3-hour Museum: Adult (P800), Children/Private School Students (P600)
Da Vinci + All-Day Museum: P950, Public School Students and Teachers (P300)
Buy your tickets from: tickets.themindmuseum.org
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. I have not been to the other Da Vinci Workshop exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum in the Mall of Asia. How does it compare?
P.P.S. Thank you to the Mind Museum for the Instameet Sneak Preview of the exhibit. 🙂