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EXPERIENCE THE GENIUS

… as you explore the most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world.

Suitable for all ages, this amazing exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the mind of a genius. The world-shattering scientific and artistic principles Leonardo discovered are truly awe-inspiring – and not to be missed!

Da Vinci – The Genius opened at The Amazing Place in Woodmead, Sandton on 2 April and will be running until 22 June 2014.

NB: to ensure you get the most out of your visit to Da Vinci – The Genius, please read these 10 ”need to know” points (compiled in response to previous visitors’ questions and feedback).

THOUGHT-PROVOKING LEONARDO DA VINCI EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE AMAZING PLACE IN WOODMEAD, SANDTON

(Johannesburg, 02 April 2014) The global travelling exhibition, Da Vinci – The Genius, opened at The Amazing Place in Woodmead Sandton today, offering Gauteng audiences a peek into the awe-inspiring world of renaissance giant, Leonardo da Vinci.

Following a hugely successful run in Cape Town since November last year, which wowed 45,000 visitors, members of the South African media, arts, culture and academic world were last night treated to an exclusive talk revealing 25 new secrets about the Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous painting.

The Mona Lisa’s 25 new secrets – the result of two years’ meticulous study involving a 240 megapixel camera that enabled a virtual “peeling away” of five centuries of paint, varnish and restoration work from the iconic painting – were unveiled by French engineer and Leonardo da Vinci expert, Pascal Cotte, who flew in from Paris especially for the Johannesburg launch of the critically acclaimed exhibition.

“For some five centuries, the enigmatic and elusive smile of Mona Lisa has intrigued and fascinated countless millions of people. What a privilege it is to be here in Johannesburg to share the story and the marvels I discovered in the course of my journey with this painting.

“Just as I did, South Africans will surely feel the same small thrill of wonder and gratitude when they discover the secrets hidden in the painting – secrets ‘hidden’ in plain sight I might add! What are these 25 secrets? Ah, South Africans must come and find out for themselves,” he added enthusiastically.

The exhibition, which has journeyed to 40 cities and been seen by more than four-million people worldwide, has significant educational value and is therefore also a must-see for both learners and educators. Offering a display of more than 200 unique pieces, including 75 life-size machine inventions and high definition renderings of Leonardo’s most notable Renaissance works, all built by Italian artisans using materials available in Leonardo’s era, it is the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind to bring to life the ideas and concepts written in Leonardo’s codices (handwritten manuscripts).

One of the visitors to the Cape Town exhibition, Lesley Daniel, marveled at the sheer brilliance of the exhibition, saying “The Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition is incredible, not only for what the exhibition has revealed about Leonardo’s staggering creativity, but also for how the exhibition has been put together. There is so much on offer, enabling us to learn about the great man, Leonardo. The replicas of Leonardo’s notebooks were so realistically compiled that it seemed as if one was going back in time. Another striking example was seeing the 2D sketches converted into 3D structures, which brought his designs to life and helped us grasp the complexity of his fascinating world.”

One of the exhibition’s main attractions showcases the unveiling of the 25 secrets of the Mona Lisa, ¬ leaving visitors in greater awe of this elusive painting. The exhibition also houses the only 360-degree exact replica of the painting ever made – meticulously crafted by Cotte – to allow visitors an up-close-and-personal look at it. Although the original painting will not be on display, as it is housed permanently at the Louvre in Paris and is too fragile to be moved, the exhibition showcases the priceless piece of art in a way that has never been seen before, through Cotte’s detailed study.

“After launching Da Vinci – The Genius in Cape Town late last year, we have been overwhelmed by the exhibition’s reception and are thrilled to be able to offer Gauteng residents the chance to experience the marvelous world of Leonardo Da Vinci,” says Tyrone Thöle, managing director of Great World Exhibitions, the local promoters and organisers responsible for bringing the exhibition to South Africa.

“Many are unaware that, although Leonardo sketched and conceptualised numerous inventions and ideas, it is believed that less than a handful were built at the time and none exist today. One of the most fascinating components of Da Vinci – The Genius is that it brings these ideas to life, and items that were conceptualised more than 500 years ago – the bicycle, scuba-diving suit and basic flight machines, to name just a few – remain exceptionally important. Without Leonardo’s forward-thinking in the 1500s, society would not be what it is today,” explains Thöle.

The Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition will run until 22 June 2014 at The Amazing Place in Woodmead, Sandton, and brings to life the fascinating world of Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing his genius as an artist, inventor, musician, mathematician, anatomist, architect, sculptor, engineer and all-round Renaissance thinker.

For more information and ticket sales, members of the public are invited to visit www.davinciexhibition.co.za.

Other key attractions of the exhibition include:

  • his remarkable and ahead-of-their-time anatomical sketches;
  • preparatory drawings of the Anghiari Battle, a painting that is presently lost but believed to be hidden by a fresco on a Florentine palace;
  • digitised presentations of The Last Supper – the painting famously featured by author Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code – the Vitruvian Man and the Sforza Horse sculpture that offer never-before-seen perspectives on these famous works;
  • reproduction of the controversial new Leonardo discovery Bella Principessa;
  • educational activities for children.

The exhibition was developed by Grande Exhibitions, Australia, (under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta Di Venezia, and with the assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technologies, France).

DIARY LISTING: THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI SET TO WOW GAUTENG AUDIENCES THIS AUTUMN

Event: Da Vinci – The Genius
Date: 2 April – 22 June 2014
Time: Doors open daily at 09h00 to 19h00 (last admission at 17h30)
Venue: The Amazing Place in Woodmead, Sandton
Ticket Prices: From R80 – R140

The world of Leonardo da Vinci is coming to Gauteng audiences in a wide-ranging and thought-provoking exhibition showcasing the Renaissance giant’s breadth of talent, wisdom and ideas.

Da Vinci – The Genius opens on 2 April at The Amazing Place in Woodmead, near Sandton. The internationally acclaimed exhibition demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo’s remarkable achievements as an artist, inventor, engineer, anatomist, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician and all-round Renaissance thinker.

Fresh off the back of a hugely popular run in Cape Town, the exhibition will immerse visitors in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale models of his inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art. A prominent replica of Leonardo’s most cherished creation, the Mona Lisa, will feature prominently in the exhibition, where 25 astonishing new secrets about the enigmatic Renaissance masterpiece will be revealed…

The interactive and absorbing travelling exhibition has been seen by more than four million people in over 50 cities across the world and is a must-see for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore over 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions built using materials from Leonardo’s era, interactive touchscreens featuring facsimiles of his remarkable codices (handwritten manuscripts), and replicas of his most notable Renaissance artworks.

Da Vinci – The Genius promises visitors an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience. Art, history, engineering, architect, mathematics, medicine and philosophy enthusiasts will be equally as inspired as those who are exploring the depth and breadth of Leonardo’s work for the very first time. Schools will also find an inexhaustible source of knowledge and inspiration for their learners and teachers.

Tickets will be available online from Webtickets, www.webtickets.co.za, from 10 March 2014. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the venue from 2 April 2014 (although online bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment in the event of tickets selling out).

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WEBSITE COMPETITION WINNERS!

10 March 2014

Many congratulations to Clive du Toit, Gulam Mather and Catherine Pritchard – the lucky winners of our website competition, which ended yesterday, 9 March. Each of our randomly selected winners have won two tickets to Da Vinci – The Genius. Enjoy!

We would also like to sincerely thank all of the 248 entrants who took the time to enter our competition and answer the question “What intrigues you most about Leonardo Da Vinci?” Everyone at Great World Exhibitions was truly touched and inspired by your enlightened responses. Here is what our winners had to say:

Da Vinci was one of the most extraordinary people to walk this earth, and one that looked forward at all the possibilities in life. Utilising every opportunity available to advance not only himself but those around him and mankind as a whole. He is an inspiration to all and a motivator to push yourself as far as possible.

Whenever I look at his work, drawings, paintings et I am reminded of that little boy in me that recieved a book of his sketches. I carried that book everywhere, we were inseperable. I grew to be an artist, had some success and contribute much of my understanding and appreciation for composition and form to Da Vinci. When my son turned 7, two years ago I gave him a book on Da Vinci and his inventions. I lost my son and his mother shortly after in an accident. Of the few things I keep out, that belonged to my boy are his picture and his drawings of cars and planes…he will always be my little Da Vinci… I would go see this exhibition, for my son and that little in me.

That his life work fused science and art like no other, that his passions crossed so many disciplines and resulted in so many theories and great works, that he gave us the puzzle is the mona lisa and the answer to why the sky is blue. i think he was just driven by his insatiable curiosity and the question: why? why? why?

DEPARTMENT HEAD OF CHESTERHOUSE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL DUBS DA VINCI - THE GENIUS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

24 January 2014

A group of students from Chersterhouse International School were treated to an experience few of them will forget – a visit to the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town.

This group of learners became the first school group in Cape Town to experience the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, brought to life in this awe-inspiring exhibition.

Head of Chesterhouse International School’s Arts & Culture Department, Kerryann Collier, marvelled at the full-scale interpretations of Leonardo’s inventions and studies of his iconic artwork, commenting:

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was really impressed with the quality and presentation of the exhibition. There are interactive screens and DVD screenings on the Last Supper and Vitruvian Man, not to mention several incredible prints of the Mona Lisa that shows us her hidden secrets.”

“This exhibition is brilliant for Science pupils too as it has wonderful inventions made to scale. I would encourage other teachers to visit this exhibition with their students as it provides valuable enrichment for all learners.”

INSPIRATIONAL NEW LEONARDO DA VINCI EXHIBITION OPENS IN CAPE TOWN

27 November 2013

  • The Most Comprehensive Traveling Exhibition Ever Compiled on Leonardo da Vinci Da Vinci – The Genius on show at Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront from 27 November – 9 February 2014.
  • Exhibition is a coup for Cape Town as global World Design Capital 2014

Cognoscenti from the South African media, arts, culture and academic world were last night treated to an exclusive talk revealing 25 new secrets about the Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous painting, at the launch of global traveling exhibition, Da Vinci – The Genius, which showcases the work and influence of Italian Renaissance giant, Leonardo da Vinci.

The Mona Lisa’s 25 new secrets – the result of two years’ meticulous study involving a 240 megapixel camera that enabled a virtual “peeling away” of five centuries of paint, varnish and restoration work from the iconic painting – were unveiled by French engineer and Leonardo da Vinci expert, Pascal Cotte, who flew in from Paris especially for the launch of the exhibition at the V&A Waterfront.

Cotte’s passion for Leonardo was clear during the course of his 40-minute talk. A self-confessed lifelong Leonardo aficionado, Cotte’s fascinating insights and new claims about Mona Lisa – all verified by the Louvre and the French government – seem certain to prolong the world’s love affair with the famous painting. He remarked: “For some five centuries, the enigmatic and elusive smile of Mona Lisa has intrigued and fascinated countless millions of people. What a privilege it is to be here in Cape Town to share the story and the marvels I discovered in the course of my journey with this painting.

“Just as I did, South Africans will surely feel the same small thrill of wonder and gratitude when they discover the secrets hidden in the painting – secrets ‘hidden’ in plain sight I might add! What are these 25 secrets? Ah, South Africans must come and find out for themselves,” he added enthusiastically.

Da Vinci – The Genius, which opened this morning and runs until 9 February at Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, is a coup for Cape Town just weeks ahead of the Mother City beginning its year-long tenure as the global World Design Capital (WDC) 2014. The exhibition, which has been to 40 cities and been seen by more than 4 million people worldwide, is an accredited WDC 2014 initiative.

Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape, remarked: “Da Vinci – The Genius is a celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and has been developed to educate and entertain. It is awe-inspiring to see how far-sighted he was and how his inventions impact our lives today.

“The Western Cape Government is delighted that this exhibition has come to Cape Town. It will provide employment and inject approximately R5m into the local economy through salaries and wages, location rental, marketing and advertising spend and taxes.”

Da Vinci – The Genius features more than 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions and 3D renderings of Leonardo’s most notable Renaissance works.

Of huge popular interest will be the Mona Lisa’s 25 new secrets – unveiled by Cotte at the launch and now available to visitors – which is a special feature of the exhibition. Although the original painting will not be on display – it is housed permanently at the Louvre in Paris and is too fragile to be moved – the exhibition features the only 360-degree exact replica ever made.

Da Vinci – The Genius is educational and engaging with visitors able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of the exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them. Plasma touch screen versions of Leonardo’s actual codices (notebooks) will allow visitors to enjoy a glimpse into his mysterious alphabet and mirror-writing techniques which he used to disguise his work and findings.

Although Leonardo sketched and conceptualised numerous inventions and ideas, none were ever built. This exhibition is ground-breaking because it’s the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind to bring to life the ideas and concepts written in the codices. Adding an extra layer of authenticity is the fact that the items on display have been faithfully created using materials that were available in Leonardo’s day.

Da Vinci – The Genius offers visitors of all ages and backgrounds an informative and educational experience, whether they are art and history aficionados or seeing Leonardo’s work for the first time,” explains Tyrone Thöle, managing director of Great World Exhibitions, the company which initiated bringing the exhibition to South Africa and is now promoting and organising the event locally.

“We’re delighted to bring this exceptional project to South African audiences. Visitors will be fascinated to discover how Leonardo laid the groundwork for some of modern society’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle,” he continues.

For more information and ticket sales, members of the public are invited to visit www.davinciexhibition.co.za.

Other key attractions of the exhibition include:

  • reproductions of his famous paintings The Virgin of the Rocks, and The Annunciation;
  • the controversial new Leonardo discovery Bella Principessa;
  • his remarkable and ahead-of-their time anatomical sketches;
  • preparatory drawings of the Anghiari Battle, a painting that is presently lost but believed to be hidden by a fresco on a Florentine palace;
  • three-dimensional interactive presentations of The Last Supper – the painting famously featured by author Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code – the Vitruvian Man and the Sforza Horse sculpture that offer never-before-seen perspectives on these famous works;
  • educational activities for children.

The exhibition was developed by Grande Exhibitions, Australia, and the Anthropos Association, Italy (under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta Di Venezia, and with the assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technologies, France).

DIARY LISTING: THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI COMES TO LIFE IN THE MOTHER CITY

Event: Da Vinci – The Genius
Date: 27 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
Time: Doors open daily at 09h00 to 21h00 (last admission at 19h30)
Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront
Ticket Prices: From R90 – R140

The ingenuity, innovation and marvels of Leonardo da Vinci’s world will be brought to life in a wide-ranging and stimulating exhibition opening in Cape Town on 27 November 2013. The highly interactive experience will immerse visitors in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of his inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art.

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo’s remarkable achievements as an artist, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, mathematician, architect and all-round Renaissance thinker. Capetonians will have the opportunity to experience over 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions built using materials from Leonardo’s era and three-dimensional renderings of his most notable Renaissance works.

The exhibition is a must-see for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, providing an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience whether they are art, history, engineering, mathematics, medicine or general philosophy enthusiasts – or if they are simply seeing the depth and breadth of Leonardo’s work for the very first time.

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