Leonardo 500: events in April

One year of events to celebrate 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci

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Here you can find all the events that are part of the Leonardo 500 programme that will take place during the month of April 2019.

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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 celebrate the 500 years from the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

 

Until October 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

These exhibitions explore various aspects of Leonardo’s art and the art of his entourage, such as the different drawing techniques the artist introduced in Milano, the engineering architectural and scientific studies, and the artistic activity during the French years.

 

Here is the schedule of events:

 

Leonardo and the secrets of the Codex Atlanticus

First part till March 17th 2019, second part March 19th – June 16th 2019

 

Leonardo in France. Sheets from the French years of the Codex

From June 18th till September 15th 2019

 

Leonardo and his legacy: the artists and the techniques. Drawings from the Ambrosiana collection

From September 17th 2019 till January 12th 2020

Theo Jansen - Dream Beasts

Exhibition at Museo Nazionale della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

For the first time Italy can enjoy the works of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, best known around the world for his kinetic sculptures called Strandbeest, hybrids with a zoomorphological aspect that move by using the thrust of the wind. Called by international critics a modern Leonardo, Theo Jansen relates art and science in a dialogue inaugurated at the Museum by a 1953 exhibition dedicated indeed to the genius of Leonardo. 

 

February 20th - May 19th 2019

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 painting, both for dimension and for the amount of portrayed animal species.

 

13 March - 14 July 2019

i.lab Leonardo

Interactive laboratory at Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

At the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia (Science and Technology Museum) an interactive laboratory is dedicated to Leonardo. In the new i.lab visitors can discover Leonardo as an artist who loved experimenting as well as an engineer dealing with the construction sites of the Renaissance. Exploring first hand how Leonardo worked might stimulate everyone to find new ways of acting and thinking.

 

Permanent activity at the Museums

LA VERGINE DELLE ROCCE DEL BORGHETTO BY FRANCESCO MELZI

Chiesa di San Michele del Dosso via Lanzone 53, Milano

Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary, the Fondazione Orsoline di San Carlo is presenting to the public La Vergine delle rocce del Borghetto by Francesco Melzi.

 

January 30th – December 31st 2019

Mon - Fri: 16:30 / 17:30
Sat: 10:00 / 11:30 - 15:00 / 17:30
Sun: 15:00 / 17:30

Fee payment. Reservation is compulsory

pactaSOUNDzone2019 - COME STA LA LUNA?

Pacta Salone - via Ulisse Dini 7

A series of concerts, sound and light events, live electronics, seminars. The red thread of the evenings is the poetic and scientific question Leonardo da Vinci asked first of all to himself and that pactaSOUNDzone is asking back through the voices of the invited artists: La luna, densa e grave / densa e grave, / come sta la luna (This dense and sombre moon/dense and sombre/ how is the moon doing)?

 

January - April 2019, complete programme on the website

Leonardo 2019

Four lessons at Politecnico di Milano - Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Aula De Donato

Four lessons held by experts of Leonardo and the Sforza era, open to the city in order to make the academic world meet with a wider audience and to present the results of researches on Leonardo’s Milanese years.

 

Calendari

Tuesday, March 5th 2019, 18:00: 
Rodolfo Maffeis, "E la grandezza della luna troverò": astronomia di Leonardo

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 18:00: 
Jessica Gritti, Il palazzo Ducale di Milano tra Francesco Sforza e Ludovico il Moro

Tuesday, May 7th 2019, 18:00:
Damiano Iacobone, L’architettura fortificata al tempo di Leonardo

Tuesday, June 4th 2019, 18:00: 
Claudia Candia, La Milano di Leonardo

MILAN AND ITS CULTURAL AND MUSICAL IMPORTANCE BETWEEN THE 15TH AND THE END OF THE 17TH CENTURY

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, sala del Cenacolo

By Accademia di Musica Antica di Milano, 2019 Concert Season

From the second half of the 15th Century, Milano becomes an artistic and cultural centre among the most renowned in Europe, thank also to Leonardo da Vinci’s presence (1452-1519) and that of Franchino Gaffurio (1451-1522), the latter guiding the Cappella Musicale del Duomo di Milano.

A.M.A.M.I. wishes to celebrate these two great artistic personalities exploring some of the formal and stylistic themes of the musical language of the first Renaissance period.

Five concerts (March 21st and 28th, May 16th, 23rd and 30th) with the participation of musical ensembles such as the Collegium Nova Ars Cantandi, the Ensemble La Réverdie, the Capella de Ministrers, the Ensemble Fonte Musica, the Ensemble Micrologus.

 

March - May 2019

Complete programme on the official website

THE LAST SUPPER IN PICTURES. CINEMA AND IMAGES TELLING LEONARDO’S LAST SUPPER

MIC – Museo Interattivo del Cinema, Gallerie d’Italia and chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

A cinema festival, an exhibition and a series of meetings with free admission to let the Last Supper “out” of its conservation place, allow people to know it better and check its influence along the years.

The festival hosted in several venues consists of about ten films (documentaries on the restoration, famous films citing the iconography of the masterpiece and precious archive films of which one copy only exists).

 

The exhibition, starting in May 2019, is hosted in the spaces of the Museo del Cenacolo Vinciano and tells the story of how the museum evolved and the thrilling story the frescoed wall, from the aerial bombing of 1943 to the big restoration campaigns of the 20th Century.

 

To finish off, a series of four encounters and a day of study on the Last Supper and its restoration on the background of 20th-Century Milano.

 

Free admission

 

From March 3rd to December 8th, 2019. Complete programme in the website

THE LAST SUPPER AFTER LEONARDO

Fondazione Stelline

Leonardo keeps on influencing contemporary art, as proven by the artists who have been invited to revisit the most sacred and iconic painting of our western culture in a contemporary key.
Key figures on the contemporary art scene, who come from different cultural traditions, namely Anish Kapoor, Robert Longo, Masbedo, Nicola Samorì, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun, re-read the theme of the Last Supper in an original dialogue between East and West.

 

2 April – 30 June 2019

Leonardo and the machine of imagination

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.

 

19 April - 14 July 2019

Leonardo horse project

Ippodromo di San Siro SNAI and various locations

Leonardo's Horse, a bronze statue created by Nina Akamu on drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and kept at the Snai San Siro Racetrack, is the protagonist of an important promotion project: the Leonardo Horse Project.

The inauguration, on April 10th, unveils the 13 scale reproductions of the Horse, interpreted by a pool of internationally renowned artists and designers according to their own style. The Design Horses, exhibited at the Racecourse during the Design Week, will then peacefully invade the City of Milano until  the end of October, placed in different locations linked to the history of the Genius Engineer. An increased reality App accompanies the public to discover the statue and the works, in an experiential and immersive journey, rich in content.

An anthological exhibition, in collaboration with the Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari, dedicated to the studies that Leonardo carried out on the equestrian figure will also be happening at the Racecourse.

 

10 April - 9 November 2019

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SCIENCE

LEONARDO3 – THE WORLD OF LEONARDO

Exhibition and laboratories Sale del Re - piazza della Scala (entrance from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II)

Multimedia and interactive exhibition allowing to discover the genius of Leonardo through never-before-seen reconstructions of his machines and restorations of his paintings in a world premiere.

 

Until December 31st 2019

1519/2019 THE GENIUS IN TREZZO SULL’ADDA

Exhibition at Castello Visconteo - Sale espositive Villa, via Valverde 33 Trezzo sull'Adda

30 models of machines designed by Leonardo and built full-size by craftsmen of wood with special attention to every single detail now on display, as well as some reproductions of paintings by the Artist, the Last Supper among them. 

 

March 2nd - October 27th 2019

VISUAL ARTS

Leonardo & Warhol in Milano | The genius experience

Cripta di San Sepolcro - piazza San Sepolcro

A journey through time, from 15th-Century Milano to nowadays. A multimedia itinerary during which it will be possible to discover Leonardo’s writings and have a look at ”The Last Supper" rethought by Andy Warhol.

 

1 March - 30 June 2019

RE-READING LEONARDO: A CONTEMPORARY LOOK

Exhibition at Associazione Circuiti Dinamici, via A. Giovanola 19/21c

A collective exhibition comparing works of contemporary artists with the world of Leonardo, originating a collective new look on his genius that was so inspirational for artists with such different poetic languages. Among the suggestions: nature (flora, fauna, fossils, minerals), the Last Supper, the portraits and the faces, the human body and architecture.

 

April 8th - May 2nd 2019

LEONARDO IS PASSING BY LAMBRATE

Pictorial performance from graffiti artists at “Space & 20” | Piazza Rimembranze di Lambrate, Milano

On the occasion of the “Milan Design Week”, an event in the Lambrate District where firms and designers are presenting their products with exhibitions, workshops and conferences. On the final day, writers will reinterpret the multiple fields explored by Leonardo da Vinci through their graffitis.

 

April 9th - 14th 2019

PERFORMANCES

Festival Meetings 2019 - THE SUSTAINABLE FLIGHT!

Youth orchestras in concert at Teatro PIME – via Mosé Bianchi 94

On the hype of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Festival is promoting a series of concerts, activities and meditations inspired by Leonardo’s cultural legacy aimed at pupils from schools, many of which are inserted in the SMIM network of Milano.

 

Until June 12th 2019

CREATIVITY

AQUA. DA VINCI’S WATER VISION

An immersive experience at Conca dell’Incoronata, via San Marco

On the occasion of the 58th Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the Conca dell’Incoronata is presenting an immersive experience developed with Balich Worldwide Shows, celebrating the uniqueness and the deep vision of Leonardo’s studies on water.

 

April 5th - 14th 2019

DE-SIGNO

Scenographic and cinematic show at Salone del Mobile

The genius of Leonardo and his connection with Italian contemporary design get life in this immersive installation. Through a scenographic and cinematic show, visitors will be able to discover the industrious laboratories of the Renaissance as related to contemporary design firms.

 

April 9th - 14th 2019

MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO "IL MILANESE IMBRUTTITO"

Made to promote the schedule for Leonardo 500 in schools

The Department of Education of the Municipality, together with the Scuola Civica di Cinema Luchino Visconti, released a video starring actor Germano Lanzoni (Milanese Imbruttito) and Luca Caricato (an expert of Leonardo’s life and work), to promote in schools the many opportunities to enjoy events related to Leonardo as well as his works.

WATERWAYS. A POETIC GUIDE TO TRAVEL IN THE LEONARDO DA VINCI COUNTRYSIDE AT VIGEVANO

The guide tells the story of an inhospitable country transformed by Ludovico il Moro in a pleasant and fertile land, thanks to 30 years of feverish work between 1460 and 1499. Water is its main character and Leonardo da Vinci one of the engineers who drew up the network of irrigating canals allowing for the cultivation of rice.

 

April 4th 2019 | Ciclobbi – via Borsieri, 4 Milano

TOURIST ITINERARY

LEONARDO DA VINCI 500 TOUR

Tour of Milan in a vintage Fiat 500 vehicle. Start: via Bagutta, corner piazza san Babila, Milano

Two itineraries to discover Leonardo’s surroundings in Milan aboard the historical Fiat 500 town car with a tour operator driving you around: from the Science and Technology Museum to Santa Maria delle Grazie, from the Sforza Castle to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, passing by Palazzo Litta, Piazza Duomo, Piazza della Scala and the State Archive at Palazzo del Senato/Archivio di Stato.

 

Until December 31st 2019

MILANO CREATIVA ON THE TRACKS OF LEONARDO 500

An itinerary by bike

A Bike tour dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years since his death. An itinerary to discover places in Milan where Leonardo lived and worked during the years he spent in our city.

 

31 March - 29 September 2019, Sunday mornings 10:00 to 13:30

LEONARDO BY BIKE

A commemorative bike trip from Milano to Amboise - Gogol'Ostello & Caffè Letteario Via Chieti, 1

A bike tour to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, connecting Milan (where he lived and worked) to Amboise (where he spent his last years).

 

April 24th - May 13th 2019

FOOD

LEONARDO’S GEOMETRICAL “LUDI”

Exhibition at Strati Atelier della Pastafrolla - Via Bernardino Lanino, 11

Strati Atelier is celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death with a series of cookies inspired by the beautiful drawings of the "De Ludo Geometrico", an essay Leonardo never completed, the sheets of which are included in the Codex Atlanticus.

 

April 9th - December 31st 2019

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