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ArtScience Museum: The DA VINCI Future Code

I wasn’t quite acquainted with Leonardo Da Vinci and his works until I read Dan Brown’s mystery novel on the conspiracy theories behind Da Vinci’s masterpieces. And a couple of days back, I had the opportunity to learn more about this one man who so cleverly married the domains of art and sciences together at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands.

Before the media conference, I was clueless as to what Da Vinci’s exhibit would be about but after going for the exclusive media tour around the exhibition halls, I was so darn glad that I actually attended this media tour which is held a day before the opening of the Da Vinci: Shaping the Future Exhibit. It’s always cool to catch the first glimpse of the original masterpieces by history’s foremost ArtScientist before everyone else. This exhibition will run from 15 November till May 2015.

The main exhibits at ArtScience Museum has never failed to keep me in awe and amazement thus far and Da Vinci’s exhibit is enlivening, inspiring and very stimulating. It isn’t just about his works of Science and Art but also his character traits and personality that forms an empowering legacy for us, as the people living in this age, to learn from.

The exhibition focuses on five key domains of da Vinci’s mystery : Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Technology, Architecture and Music.

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We had a guide for the media tour who provided us with so much insights on Leonardo da Vinci as a innovator, artist, mathematician and naturalist. The exhibition would showcase the original pages of the Codex Atlanticus (da Vinci’s largest notebook), paintings from the School of Leonardo hailing from Italy’s Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, facsimiles of additional pages of the Codex, video projectsions, models of his inventions, extensive audiovisual material as well as innovative interactive exhibits.

I was soaked in deep thoughts as begin to understand so much more about this genius who lived 500 years ago. His ideas back then is still relevant today. And my favorite exhibition space is Natural Sciences where we really get to explore da Vinci’s take on natural sciences and learn how his respect for nature.

To cater to visual and kinesthetic learners out there, they had installed drop-in activity stations, hands-on activity space and interactive stations to engage visitors. You can play and experiment with the platonic shapes to see if you can create magic similar to da Vinci’s imagination on geometry. There are also family-friendly workshops like Illustrating Nature, Bridges, Projectiles and Vitruvian Man which creates enriching learning opportunities for both adults and kids!

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Through the Looking Glass 
by WY-TO Pte Ltd

On display, there are also contemporary art installations which are inspired by da Vinci’s work. Through the Looking Glass, for instance, is inspired by da Vinci’s approach to mathematics.

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One of the key highlights of the exhibit is the Studies on the Flight of Birds (1505) where you catch a glimpse of da Vinci’s visual demonstrations of the flight of birds.

Glass Microbiology Series
by Luke Jerram

da Vinci was able to draw accurate close-up drawings of plant specimens without the use of magnifying glass.

Don’t leave the exhibit without watching this 7-minute video on The Last Supper where the masterpiece was carefully analyzed to illustrate how much thought and effort da Vinci invested in to deliver this classic piece of artwork. He is mostly certainly a type of person whom I yearned to be, being skilful and knowledgeable in both areas of arts and science. I, too, love the beauty behind both arts and sciences and believe that both domains are inseparable. Opposites exists only when they are placed side by side, don’t you think?

Saint John the Baptist
By Gian Giacomo Caprotti (Salai)
This is an artwork by Gian Giacomo Caprotti (Salai), one of da Vinci’s favourite pupils. This painting is based on da Vinci’s Saint John the Baptist which is now displayed in the Lourve Museum.

Tiburio of the Milan Cathedral (Circa 1487 – 90)

One of the takeaways from da Vinci’s exhibit is we should be more receptive of the world and how we should be immerse in the moment. Observe your surroundings and make notes because your environment is the source of inspiration.

Keep a notebook with you, just like how da Vinci would so as to capture all that sparks from your neurones.

Could there be another da Vinci present in this modern world?

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Source: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

For more information,visit this link: http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/davinci/exhibition.html and download their exhibition guide which you could read up for more information before visiting the exhibit.

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