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! You could also experience Da Vinci in a whole new light – by joining us for our LAST Da Vinci – After Dark evening in Cape Town on 18 March. But hurry – tickets for the first three DVAD events sold out quickly.
Watch this brief clip of our new DSTV ad for a glimpse of what you will experience at Da Vinci – The Genius at Chavonnes Battery Museum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town until 23 March 2014.
Also, 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).
5 February 2014
INSPIRATIONAL LEONARDO DA VINCI EXHIBITION IN CAPE TOWN NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 23 MARCH
- The most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world,
Da Vinci – The Genius (showing at Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront) has now been extended until 23 March.
- Original run was 27 November 2013 – 9 February 2014, but demand for tickets has led organisers to extend the exhibition for a further 6 weeks.
Cape Town’s fascination with and appreciation for the global travelling exhibition Da Vinci – The Genius, which showcases the world-shattering achievements of Renaissance giant, Leonardo da Vinci, has prompted organisers to extend the exhibition’s run by a further 6 weeks until 23 March 2014.
A surge in last-minute ticket sales ahead of the original closing date, coupled with a large number of visits from schools and educational facilities in recent weeks, prompted the decision by organisers to add a further 6 weeks to the run which was originally planned to finish on Sunday 9 February.
“Da Vinci – The Genius enlightens visitors about the unimaginable depth and breadth of Leonardo’s influence and intellectualism. We have been blown away by the phenomenal response from Cape Town visitors, and we are very excited to now have the opportunity to introduce even more people to Da Vinci – The Genius,” said Tyrone Thöle, managing director of Great World Exhibitions, the company which has brought Da Vinci – The Genius to South Africa and is now promoting and organising the event locally.
“This exhibition is a must-see for anyone who appreciates Leonardo’s exceptional works of art, not least the Mona Lisa, and for anyone who is interested in discovering 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 continued.
The codices and Leonardo’s mysterious ‘mirror-writing’ technique
Currently showing at Chavonnes Battery Museum located in the Clock Tower precinct of the V&A Waterfront, 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. Plasma touch screen versions of Leonardo’s actual codices (handwritten manuscripts) will allow visitors to enjoy a glimpse into his mysterious alphabet and mirror-writing techniques, which some experts believe he used to disguise his work and findings.
Although Leonardo sketched and conceptualised numerous inventions and ideas, most were never built and none survive today. Da Vinci – The Genius is 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 crafted using materials that were available in Leonardo’s day.
A series of schools such as Chesterhouse have visited the exhibition since the opening in November 2013. Head of the school’s Arts & Culture Department, Kerryann Collier, marveled at the full-scale interpretations of Leonardo’s inventions and studies of his iconic artwork, saying: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was really impressed with the quality and presentation of the exhibition. It is brilliant for Science pupils too as it has wonderful inventions made to scale and I would encourage other teachers to visit this exhibition with their students as it provides valuable enrichment for all learners.”
Another visitor to the exhibition, Monica Blignaut added, “It was fascinating! As someone who was privileged to see the real Mona Lisa in the Louvre, this was a wonderful experience to appreciate and enjoy the mastery and attention the masterpiece deserves. It was factual and enlightening and anyone interested in science, biology or the arts should definitely visit this exhibition.”
25 Secrets of the Mona Lisa
One of the exhibition’s most popular features so far has been the unveiling of the “25 secrets” of Leonardo’s most famous creation, the Mona Lisa. The 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 – have delighted and enthralled visitors who have enjoyed close examination of the lady’s enigmatic smile (amongst other things!) and the exact 360-degree replica of her on display. (The original Mona Lisa, which is far too fragile and priceless to be moved, is housed permanently in the Louvre Musuem in Paris.)
For more information and ticket sales, members of the public are invited to visit www.davinciexhibition.co.za.
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.”
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).
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.