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OCTOBER 23 2012 | AUGUST 18 2013

Léonard de Vinci. Projets, dessins, machines



Forty historic models of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines from the Museum collection on display at Paris’s historical and interactive exhibition devoted to Leonardo.

The exhibition

Created and delivered by Universcience in cooperation with the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci and the Deutsches Museum of Monaco.


Within the context of the international relationships cemented between these three important cultural institutions, an important historical and interactive exhibition devoted to Leonardo has been in preparation for over two years. It will be presented for the first time at the Citè des Sciences et de l’industrie on October 23rd 2012.

Léonard de Vinci. Projets, dessins, machines

Da sinistra Jean Botti, Chief Technical Officer di EADS, Fiorenzo Galli, Direttore Generale del Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Claudie Haigneré, Presidente di Universcience


The display will enable the great public to discover Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific-technological output, focusing on his method of work as well as the boundaries with the historical and technological context of his time. Forty historic models from the National Museum of Science and Technology alongside with interactive and multimedia points will be the underlying theme, enabling visitors to explore the evolution of Leonardo’s career, both as an engineer and a technologist.

Léonard de Vinci. Projets, dessins, machines

Curiosity, learning desire, observation of nature, flexible and transversal thinking allowed Leonardo to investigate the universe and its laws. To what extent can current research be inspired by his method of work today, and how can nature lead to innovation? These questions are the starting point for the "contemporary counterpoints" of the exhibition, where it will be possible to learn interesting examples of research in current biomimetics.

The exhibition supervised by Claudio Giorgione, curator of the Leonardo Art and Science department of the Museum and by Éric Lapie, curator of the Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie, is developed in six thematic areas that explore Leonardo’s personality through historic models, interactive multimedia, exhibits and animations:

  • Transforming motion, to discover how Leonardo’s apprenticeship in Florence by the painter Verrocchio was a moment of observation and learning of the engineering tradition.
  • Preparing for war, to learn more about his activity as a military engineer at the court of Ludovico Sforza in Milan.
  • Getting inspired by nature, to explore how nature and its forms are a source of inspiration and observation for today’s scientists and engineers.
  • Imagining flight, to grasp how careful observation of nature, living beings, their morphology and movements is the starting point for Leonardo’s investigations of flight.
  • Improving production, to discover a lesser known aspect of Leonardo’s activity, who invented mechanical systems to automatize some activities of the textile production.
  • Unifying knowledge, which reveals the extraordinary synthesis skills for different disciplines and the curiosity towards the world of this many-sided personality.


Léonard de Vinci. Projets, dessins, machines

During the period of the exhibition visitors of the Museum will be able anyway to explore the historic models on display, which give the chance to go through the main technical-scientific domains studied by Leonardo, through the interpretation of his drawings.





Information

Where
Citè des sciences et de l’industrie
30, avenue Corentin-Cariou 75019 Paris
MM Porte de la Villette

When
October 23 2012 | August 18 2013

Realized by

Created and delivered by Universcience in cooperation with the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci and the Deutsches Museum of Monaco.

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