Leonardo da Vinci:
The Mechanics of Genius

from 10/02/2016 to 04/09/2016 | Science Museum, London

Leonardo da Vinci:
The Mechanics of Genius


from 10/02/2016 to 04/09/2016 | Science Museum, London

From February 10, 2016 at the Science Museum in London “Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius". The exhibition is organized as part of the collaboration between the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan and Universcience in Paris, with the sponsorship of the industrial Airbus group, the support of the People's Postcode Lottery and the media partnership of the Guardian.

The exhibition presents a number of machines drawn by Leonardo, reinterpreting them with spectacular large-scale 3D reproductions. Alongside these models are 13 interactive stations and 10 multimedia installations that present the scientific and technological work of Leonardo da Vinci, focusing on his working methods and on his connections with the historical and technological context of his time.

The exhibition is curated by Claudio Giorgione, curator of the Department Leonardo Art and Science of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, and Eric Lapie, curator of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris.

The Museum participates in the exhibition with 39 historical models from its collections - including flying machines, underwater devices and weapons – all created in 1952 in Milan to celebrate the 500th birthday of the artist.

The 39 works are presented in the 6 thematic sections constituting the 800 square meter exhibition.

Each section is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci as engineer and interpreter of nature, exploring his work through historical models, interactive multimedia, exhibits and animations.


Image credit © EPPDCSI-PhLEVY/Universcience