Leonardo 500: events in September

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 September 2019.

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE MORO. THE SALA DELLE ASSE

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 so-called 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

LEONARDO IN MILANO

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 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 13 October 2019

LEONARDO AND HIS SCHOOL IN THE AMBROSIANA’S PAINTINGS COLLECTIONS – FOUR EXHIBITIONS FOR THE 5TH CENTENARY OF HIS DEATH

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

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 Museum

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.

 

30 January - 31 December 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

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 Milan.

 

Free admission

 

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

LA MISURA DEL PARADISO. Leonardo alla corte del Moro

Docufilm by Fondazione Milano - Civica Scuola di Cinema L. Visconti

Leonardo five hundred years later. Thousands of pages have been written about him as an artist, an engineer and a scientist. There is yet a lesser known part of his artistic activity. The documentary wishes to tell the story of Leonardo as an entertainer: a musician, a scenographer, a costume designer for parties, tournaments and banquets at the Milanese court.

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

Leonardo horse project - pdf 1.81 MB

After Leonardo. Installations by Ettore Favini and Eugenio Tibaldi

Museo del Novecento

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.

19 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

CONVERSATIONS ON ART

Palazzo Reale, Conference room, piazza Duomo 14

Conversazioni d’Arte (Conversations on Art) is back with a journey to the discovery of Leonardo’s masterpieces hosted in Milan or created for the city. From the arts to science and technology, from his relationship with major patrons to hand-on experiments, six encounters at Palazzo Reale from May to October to enter Leonardo’s world.

 

Thursday, May 16th: LEONARDO & I POTENTI (Leonardo and the Mighty) with Pietro Cesare Marani
Wednesday, June 5th: LEONARDO & LE MACCHINE (Leonardo and the Machines) with Antonio Calabrò
Thursday, July 4th: LEONARDO & LA CORTE (Leonardo and the Court) with Francesca Tasso
Thursday August 1st: LEONARDO & IL DENARO (Leonardo and Money) with Marco Carminati
Wednesday September 11th: LEONARDO & LE LETTERE (Leonardo and Culture) with Stefano Zuffi
Wednesday, October 9th: LEONARDO & LA LUNA (Leonardo and the Moon) with Paolo Galluzzi

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND GUIDO DA VIGEVANO: ANATOMIES IN FIGURES

Castello di Vigevano – Scuderie del Castello, Piazza Ducale 20, Vigevano (PV)

Leonardo made his most significant studies and drawings on anatomy in Lombardy, between Milan and Pavia, and he intended to represent in ‘figure’ the entire structure of the human body. One of his forerunners was Guido da Vigevano, the author of  the essay Anothomia designata per figuras (1345 c.).

 

18 May – 20 October 2019

Leonardo in Lombardia. Presentation of the itineraries about Leonardo in Lombardy

Sala degli Scarlioni - Castello Sforzesco

Multimedia presentation of Leonardo’s places in Lombardy:

 

  • Around the Naviglio Grande 
  • Leonardo between Brescia, the valleys around Brescia and the Orobic valleys 
  • The Lakes of Brianza, along the Adda river and the Martesana Canal
  • Leonardo between Lario, Valsassina and Valtellina
  • Leonardo and Isabella d’Este in Mantua and Cremona
  • Leonardo in Pavia
  • The pattern of the Vergine delle Rocce: the embroideries at the Sacro Monte in Varese
  • Leonardo in Vigevano

 

16 May 2019 - 12 January 2020

LEONARDO IN THE GARDEN

MUBA - Museo dei bambini Milano, via Enrico Besana 12

This activity invites to observe and explore the garden of the Rotonda di via Besana as Leonardo would do. Kids can make up a Codex of their own that they can use in all their future experiences in contact with nature.

 

5 May, 2 June, 1 September, 6 October 2019

Leonardo's Lombardy from above

Belvedere di Palazzo Lombardia

The Belvedere terrace of Palazzo Lombardia is exceptionally open to the public. On display are the model of a wing realized by the Science and Technology Museum after Leonardo’s sketches, and exhibitory panels about Leonardo’s life and work in Lombardy. The window decals will help visitors around and identify the main Leonardo-related places in Lombardy.

 

From 12 May to 22 December 2019 every Sunday

GENIO & IMPRESA

MEET - piazza Oberdan, viale Vittorio Veneto 2

An exhibition celebrating the relationship between Leonardo da Vinci and Ludovico Sforza through high-quality firms on the Lombard territory. With multimedia and experimental setup, visitors will be guided to discover new contemporary Dyads of Genius – Entrepreneur, which are at the basis of our businesses’ main innovations still to this day.

 

3 June - 3 September 2019

Lucio Fontana. Hommage 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

Dimore, luoghi e cronache al tempo di Leonardo in Lombardia. “Le dame, i cavalier, l’arme, gli amori…” Conferenze itineranti su alcuni aspetti delle famiglie e della vita sociale nelle città di Milano, Como e Lecco al tempo di Leonardo da Vinci

Series of conferences. Various locations

A series of conferences analyzing the society surrounding Leonardo  and reliving stories of prominent people who were long obscured by the genius of Leonardo.

 

September 21st, 10.00, The Visconti Banquets told by the Sforza’s Historian, Bernardino Cairo by M. Montecchiari e M. Rossetto, Cascina Cotica

October 3rd, 10.00, Agricultural Production Techniques in the Milanese Lowlands in Leonardo’s Time: a presentation of Cascina Merlata’s Agricultural  produce by E. Roveda, Cascina Merlata

October 12th, 17.00, Bernardino Corio (1459 – 1519: Historian an Biographer at the Sforza Court by A. Terreni, Biblioteca Civica di Niguarda 

October 14th 18.00, The King, the Lieutenant, the Engineer: Louis XII, Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, Leonardo and Milanese Fortifications by M. Viganò, “Weill Weiss” hall, Sforza Castle 

October 17th, 9.30, Court Banquets and Cuisine at Leonardo’s Time, with Tastings from Master Martino’s Recipes by M. Rossetto, Istituto Enogastronomico Carlo Porta 

October 26th, 17.00, Master Martino da Como and Court Banquets, at the end of the conference delicatessen tasting with the recipes by Maestro Martino da Como, Biblioteca Civica di Niguarda 

November 9th, 10.00, Bishop Guido Antonio Arcimboldi through his archive by C. Cenedella, Archivio di Stato di Milano

Il miracolo della cena

Show at Teatro Grassi

Sonia Bergamasco reads writings and notes by Fernanda Wittgens, historian and art critic, a headstrong woman who always put her love for the arts and her ethics and sense of civic duty first.
A fine scholar, the first woman to be Superintendent to the Milan Galleries and the first woman in Italy to win a selection for that position in 1940, Wittgens took part at once and with great energy in the safeguard of numerous Milanese monuments against the risks of war-caused damage.
Even Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper was protected from gunshots, explosions and miraculously avoided destruction: “The Last Supper is safe!“ she wrote in her notes after the bombings.

 

24 September 2019 19:30

25 September 2019 20:30

Premio internazionale Leonardo da Vinci

Award ceremony

The City of Vigevano proposes an annual exclusive event, with the aim of highlighting the best national and international research papers dedicated to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci (monographs, exhibition catalogues, essays on journals, contributions in miscellaneous volumes). A high-profile jury of 5 will select the winners of the award.

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SCIENCE

Leonardo3 – THE WORLD OF LEONARDO

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 di 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

A COME LEONARDO. ARTE-ARCHITETTURA E ACQUA IN VILLA ARCONATI-FAR

Exhibition at Villa Arconati-FAR, via Fametta 1 - Bollate (MI)

A tale in pictures which develops itself along the unexplored spaces of Villa Arconati-FAR, along a route where the visitor is central, in a dialogue with Leonardo and within the uniqueness of the Villa. The setting consists of three dark rooms, illuminated only by black light, thanks to a new printing technology with fluorescent toners.

 

From May 5th 2019 every Sunday

CON LEONARDO A VILLA ARCONATI-FAR. IL CODICE ATLANTICO E L’INCONTRO CON LA CULTURA DEL NOSTRO TEMPO

Villa Arconati-FAR, via Fametta 1 - Bollate (MI)

400 years later, Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus is back at Villa Arconati-FAR. A journey between curiosity and imagination, an opportunity to meet the present and think about the future, putting Leonardo’s work alongside modern technology. Experts of the worlds of culture and science will bring more to it..

 

From May 5th 2019 every Sunday

Vaprio e la Valle dell’Adda: lo sguardo di Leonardo

Exhibition at Casa del Custode delle Acque, via Alzaia Sud 3, Vaprio d'Adda

An exhibition itinerary exploring the bond between Leonardo and the Adda river territory through the sketches and studies he realised there. Those precious sheets came back home after the Master's death thanks to Francesco Melzi, the beloved pupil to whom Leonardo left «tutti et ciaschaduno li libri» (each and everyone of the books). Of the numerous sketches that reached the present day  spread in the various Codexes, the most important for the area of Vaprio d’Adda, its surroundings and Leonardo's studies on water have been selected.

 

14 April -  29 September 2019

LEONARDO STREET ART

Street art in the NOLO-Via Padova area

Three permanently visible public art/street art interventions. Created by Associazione Atelier Spazio Xpò as good renovation practices, within an "urban" itinerary to important spots of the city loved by the Milanese, with Leonardo as the main character.

 

1) Via Mosso 4
2) BELL NETT, radio Nolo, Largo Fratelli Cervi corner Via Veniniu 
3) STREET ORT, via Esterle corner via Palmanova

Leonardo al Castello Sforzesco

Guided visits to the Sforza Castle Museums and its secret spaces

Guided visits to the Sforza Castle Museums and its secret spaces, and to its new multimedia installations. Acted visits, escape rooms, game tours and virtual reality, making the cultural memory of the Castle in Leonardo's days into a new cultural experience.

 

From 18 May to 15 September 2019

MEMORIAE2019

Mural at Ponte delle Milizie Alzaia Naviglio Grande

The artist Elisabetta Mastro wanted to pay her personal tribute to the great Renaissance inventor with one of her murals, in which his masterpiece (The Last Supper) is revisited in a new, personal interpretative key, with an essential trait, emphasis on colour and subtle play, segmented by infinite form-suggested nuances.

 

From 20 May 2019

Galleria Interattiva Leonardo in Adda

Exhibition and activities at Casa Custode delle Acque, via Alzaia sud 3 Vaprio d’Adda (MI)

In the prestigious setting of Casa del Custode delle Acque, three multimedia spaces to discover the link between Leonardo and the Adda river: Moti delle Acque, Teatro del Codice Atlantico, Trattato del Paesaggio.

 

Open on Sunday 30 June, 28 July, 25 August and 29 September 2019. Open on reservation every day

CREATIVITY

THE LUMINOUS THOUGHT

Light installation along via Fratelli Ruffini 1-11

An installation of texts and luminous thoughts by Leonardo Da Vinci, placed along via Fratelli Ruffini, the street leading to the site where the Last Supper is preserved. At the end of the event, the works will be auctioned to benefit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

 

May 2nd - September 30th 2019

MULTIMEDIA

SEETIES

An interactive guide in augmented reality

An augmented reality guide to accompany the tourist along the points of interest connected with Leonardo Da Vinci. Each place is linked to a video explaining his work, wrapping the user up in a unique experience.

 

May 1st - December 31st 2019

LEOWALK - TRACING LEONARDO

An activity to promote the territory via a web-app

A discovery experience of Leonardo and Milan in 25 stops, divided into five special itineraries. A free web-app will make it possible to access the text and photo contents and the five audio tracks narrated by Carlo Pastore, accompanying the different routes.

 

May 1st - December 31st 2019

LEONARDO DA VINCI 3D

Exhibition at Fabbrica del Vapore - La Cattedrale, Via C. Procaccini 4

In an extraordinary and picturesque scenario, a revolutionary and futuristic exhibition celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s immense genius in a multisensorial language through augmented reality, holograms, immersive routes.

 

May 30th - September 22nd 2019

TOURIST ITINERARIES

LEONARDO DA VINCI 500 TOUR

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

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 Meeting point: Piazza IV Novembre, 5 Milano

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.

 

March 31st - September 29th 2019

ON LEONARDO’S TRACKS. A CYCLOTOURISM TOUR FROM BERGAMO TO MILAN

Biketour Bergamo, Lecco, Milano

A bicycle trip for each and everyone, whether expert cyclists or beginners. Pedaling on Leonardo’s tracks: from Bergamo riding towards Lake Como down along the Adda river cycle-track - an open-air Leonardo museum - all the way to Milan.

 

From May 4th to October 12th 2019

Un weekend leonardesco

Bike tour from Lecco to Milano

A bike tour for everybody, trained and less trained bikers. Biking on Leonardo's tracks: from Lecco towards Lake Como, down the Adda river bike route, a true open-air museum regarding Leonardo, to Milan.

 

From 26 April to 21 June and from 23 August to 11 October 2019

DOWN THE ALPS ALONG LEONARDO’S WAYS, BIKETOUR FROM ST. MORITZ TO MILAN

St. Moritz, Valtellina, Lecco, Milan

A bike tour for everyone, bikers or amateurs. By bike on the tracks of Leonardo: from St. Moritz towards Lake Como, down along the Adda river cycling routes, an open-air museum on Leonardo, all the way to Milan.

 

From May 25th to September 14th 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

KIDS

Bimbi al Castello Estate 2019

Activities for families at Castello Sforzesco

A rich calendar of activities for families: laboratories, games, treasure hunts - transforming guided visits in thrilling itineraries discovering Leonardo da Vinci and his works. Proposals change according to three different age groups: 4-5 year-old, 6-10 year-old, 10 year-old and onwards.

 

From 18 May to 15 September 2019

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