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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MBS Arts Science Museum - Da Vinci, Shaping the Future

6 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018974
Tel: 6688 8888

The long-awaited Da Vinci: Shaping The Future exhibition is finally here, at Marina Bay Sands' Arts Science Museum. Tickets are priced at SGD$25.00 but for Singaporeans / PRs, the special rate of SGD$19.00 is offered.

Anyway, this exhibition entails the life works of the very talented Leonardo Da Vinci - painter, musician, engineer / architecture, mathematician; he was gifted in everything it seems. And for the first time in Asia, some original masterpieces of his works are being displayed.

I took photos of most of what was being permitted, but shall only display a few of my favorites here, mostly because of "The Da Vinci Code" (book and movie by Dan Brown) - Madonna on the Rocks, The Vitruvian Man, The Last Supper and of course, Mona Lisa.

There were some sections which stated clearly that no photography was allowed , such as the one showcasing all the original drawings by the great man himself.

The timeline was interesting as we slowly came to learn of his progress and projects in life. The year 1503 was a special year in which Da Vinci started on his famous painting "Mona Lisa" (which he took about 10 years to complete), and Michelangelo finished his famous sculpture "David".

This was special because I was amazed that he could draw like that! It looks exactly like what we would require special design software programs to come up with, these days.

And he was a Scientist as well, dissecting up body parts to study them. It was an illegal task at that time, by the way. The eyes (optic) fascinated him the most.

In this Exhibition Hall, he engineered and designed flying vehicles (i.e. planes and parachutes).  There are many other Exhibition Halls as such, depicting some models and drawings with detailed information on his works around the entire venue - one of his Engineering talent, one of his Architectural talent, one of his Military talent plus the weapons he designed, one of his Musical talent showcasing the musical instruments he designed and the Mathematical genius penned down on paper as well.

He actually studied the different flight positions of birds in his design of flight vessels, trying to imitate how they took to the skies and landed gracefully. Errrr.. who said Wright Brothers invented the planes again?

Last but not least, a couple of really stunning darkened halls with glass exhibits - one of them looking like this.

Oh well, that's it. As mentioned, there are many halls exhibiting his different area of talent and marvelous works of contributions, as well as the workshop area etc, but I am not going to spoil the fun for those of you visiting the museum for this exhibition. Do go for it and enjoy yourself - really fascinating display of wonderment and creations beyond his counterparts and even era.

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