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Original da Vinci works on show in Singapore

September 24, 2014

Published on Sep 24, 2014


Major new exhibition to go on display at Marina Bay Sands

A collection of original work by Leonardo da Vinci will go on display in Asia for the first time in November.

Travel Daily AsiaMaking its regional debut at Singapore's ArtScience Museum, the 'Da Vinci: Shaping the Future' exhibition will explore the life and work of the Italian artist and scientist.

Among the items on display are 26 original pages of the 'Codex Atlanticus', da Vinci's largest notebook, which features some of his most important drawings and writings. Six original paintings from the School of Leonardo will also be on display.

"Not only are we bringing masterpieces by one of history's greatest geniuses to Singapore for the very first time, but we are doing so in a way that emphasizes just how influential Leonardo da Vinci has been, and remains today," said Honor Harger, executive director of the ArtScience Museum.

"Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary ahead of his time and his works brilliantly illustrate the interdependence between art and science. This exhibition is the perfect representation of ArtScienceMuseum's ongoing efforts to showcase the creativity and interrelation of art, science and technology."

The da Vinci works are traveling to Singapore from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The 'Da Vinci: Shaping the Future' exhibition will be shown only in Singapore, and combines the original works with interactive exhibits, technology, film and art. The exhibition will focus on five key areas of da Vinci's work – mathematics, natural sciences, technology, architecture and music – and over the course of the six-month run, three of the paintings and 13 pages of the Codex Atlanticus will be on display for three months at a time.

"By displaying these masterpieces in two different phases, we are giving visitors greater opportunities to explore the depth and breadth of da Vinci's work. In a sense, Da Vinci: Shaping the Future is an exhibition in two parts, and our programs and activities which enrich the show, will reflect the changing nature of the show," added Ms Harger.

The exhibition will be open to the public from November 15, 2014 to May 2015.

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