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Milano is the city where Leonardo da Vinci stayed the longest. Here Leonardo arrived in 1482, at the service of Duke Ludovico Sforza, and his presence has left an indelible mark in the history and artistic production of the City and in the entire region of Lombardy.

For this reason, Milano celebrates 500 years since his death with an events schedule that spans nine months (May 2019 – January 2020) which will see its main hub at the Castello Sforzesco.

Institutions, public and private agencies, associations and societies throughout Lombardy have been involved in defining a continuously updated events schedule.

These are the highlights of the programme.

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Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Exhibition at Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

On stage at the Museum a fascinating exhibition in which newly displayed Leonardesque historical models parade next to frescoes by 16th century Lombard painters from the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Unusual combinations of art and science to celebrate the 500 years from the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci: early ideas for the Last Supper

Exhibition at Cenacolo Vinciano

Ten preparatory drawings for the Last Supper, performed by Leonardo and his pupils, are lent by the Royal Collection Trust and exhibited in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie to present the artist’s creative process, from the early ideas to the ultimate masterpiece. October 13th 2018 - January 13th 2019.

Leonardo and his school in the Ambrosiana’s paintings collections – Four exhibitions for the 5th centenary of his death

Exhibitions at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

The four scheduled exhibitions explore different aspects of the art of Leonardo and of his circle, such as the various drawing techniques introduced by the artist in Milan, his engineering, architectural and scientific studies, and his artistic activity during the French period. The first two exhibitions will have the same theme, but will display different sheets  for conservation reasons.

 

18 December 2018 - 17 March 2019
Leonardo da Vinci and the secrets of the Codex Atlanticus

 

19 March - 16 June 2019
Leonardo da Vinci and the secrets of the Codex Atlanticus

 

18 June - 15 September 2019
Leonardo in France. Sheets from the French days of the Codex

 

17 September 2019 - 12 January 2020
Leonardo and his legacy: the artists and the techniques. Sketches from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana Collection

Theo Jansen - Dream Beasts

Exhibition at Museo Nazionale della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

500 years after the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Museum brings in Italy for the first time the works of the Dutch artist Theo Jansen, known all over the world for his kinetic sculptures Strandbees ("beach animals"), hybrid creatures from zoomorphic aspect that move using the thrust of the wind. Defined by international critics as a modern Leonardo, Theo Jansen, in the Strandbeest exhibition brings together art and science in a dialogue inaugurated at the Museum with the exhibition of 1953 dedicated precisely to the genius of Leonardo.

The wonderful world of nature

Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

Leonardo modified our perception and representation of nature. And nature itself is the subject of the beautiful complex of twenty paintings making up the so-called Sala del Grechetto, to which the exhibition is dedicated. A unique instance in the tradition of Italian pain- ting, both for dimension and for the amount of portrayed animal species. 13 March – 14 July 2019.

The Last Supper after Leonardo

Exhibition at Fondazione Stelline

Leonardo keeps on influencing contemporary art, as proven by Anish Kapoor, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun and Nicola Samorì. These are some of the artists who have been invited to interpret the most sacred and iconic painting of our western culture in a contemporary key. 2 April – 30 June 2019.

Being Leonardo da Vinci. An impossible interview

Show at Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato

In the form of an impossible interview conducted by Gianni Quillico and Jacopo Rampini, Massimiliano Finnazer Flory plays Leonardo and traces the main events of the artist’s life, art and poetics. 2 – 5 May 2019

In the shadow of the Moro. The Sala delle Asse

Multimedia path Castello Sforzesco, Museo d’Arte Antica, Sala delle Asse

Leonardo’s Sala delle Asse is once again open to visitors after the removal of scaffoldings that were used for the restoration works. A catwalk offers a close view of the socalled Monochrome and of the preparatory drawings that have surfaced on the walls. A multimedia installation guides
visitors through the interpretation of the grandiose work conceived to celebrate Ludovico il Moro. 16 May 2019 – 12 January 2020

Virtual Museum of Leonardo’s Milano

Multimedia path Castello Sforzesco, Museo d’Arte Antica, Sala delle Armi

A virtual tour guides the visitor along places associated with Leonardo in Milan, underscoring,
after five centuries, the social composition and the aspect of urban spaces, palaces, gardens and sacred buildings. A georeferenced visual map allows  to identify what has survived of those places. 16 May 2019 – 12 January 2020

Leonardo and the Sala delle Asse converging nature, art and science

Exhibition at Castello Sforzesco, Museo d’Arte Antica, Sala dei Ducali

A selection of nature drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and by other great maestros of the Renaissance reveal the close iconographic and stylistic relations with Sala delle Asse and, particularly, with the recent findings on the wall under the plaster layer. 16 May – 18 August 2019

Leonardo’s Horse

Art installation, multimedia path Ippodromo di San Siro SNAI

The famous “Leonardo Horse” by Nina Akamu is the pivotal work to which a group of designers pay tribute through reproductions in scale of the sculpture. After the exhibition at the San Siro Racecourse during Design Week, artworks by different artists will be placed in different locations within the city. Exclusive contents on the history both of Leonardo and his great Horse can be examined in depth through a customised app. May – November 2019

Leonardo as contemporary encyclopedic genius

Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

The Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani Institute celebrates Leonardo with an exhibition project that speaks of his genius in the language of contemporaneity. The Studio Azzurro artists ensemble creates an immersive and interactive itinerary peopled by Leonardo’s machines turned into narrative devices thanks to state-of-the-art technologies. May - August 2019

Atlantico - Giardino Abusivo

Exhibition at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna and Museo di Storia Naturale

The Museo del Novecento collection will be enriched in 2019 by two contemporary works of art dedicated to Leonardo. Ettore Favini and Eugenio Tibaldi are the winners of the 2018 contest for an original production inspired by the Master. The installation Atlantico by Favini has as topic the fog and will be on display at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna. Giardino Abusivo (Unauthorized Garden) by Tibaldi is a site-specific work where natural elements like plants bring a reflection on consumption in contemporary society. It will be on set up at the Museo di Storia Naturale. May - December 2019

Lucio Fontana. Tribute to Leonardo

Exhibition at Museo del Novecento

The exhibition is focused on the iconography of the horse, on the prancing horse and on the horse and rider, so frequent in 20th century art. Starting from these topics, the aim is to create a parallel between a segment of the artistic research of Lucio Fontana, especially from the Thirties, with the work of Leonardo da Vinci. 14 June – 15 September 2019

Gaffurio and the Maestros of the Chapel in the Duomo di Milano at Leonardo’s time

Concert - Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Music by Franchino Gaffurio, along with compositions by Loyset Compére, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Josquin Desprez, Alexander Agricola, create the sound atmospheres in which the rituals of Milano under the Sforzas were carried out and pleasantly experienced in Leonardo’s time. 17 June 2019 - 20:30

Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ for Francis I: a masterpiece of silk and silver

Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

One of the first copies of Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ is exhibited for the first time after its restoration. The work of art, which is the property of the Musei Vaticani, was produced on tapestry between 1505 and 1510, commissioned by Luisa of Savoy and Francis Duke of Angoulême, who later became King Francis I of France. 7 October 2019 - 17 November 2019

Around Leonardo. The Madonna Litta and the master’s workshop

Exhibition at Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Madonna Litta, one of the most famous paintings in the world, and masterpiece of the Ermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, has a Milanese origin. It comes from one of the most important Milanese private collections of the 19th Century, hence its own name. The famous painting is now displayed next to another work from the Litta Collection, the Madonna della Rosa by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, the best of Leonardo’s pupils in Milan. Through the
comparison with other fine paintings and drawings, it will be possible to reconstruct Leonardo’s Milanese workshop activity in the late 15th Century and the relationship between Leonardo and his pupils. 8 November 2019 - 10 February 2020

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