Leonardo Da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind

June 21 – August 30, 2015
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind, is a rare chance to see da Vinci’s original drawings and related water-themed theories, including his ideas about the cause of tides and origin of the moon. The wider exhibit surrounding the Leonardo’s offers an examination of the interface between art, science, mathematics and nature. As curator Alex Bortolot writes:

The exhibition is organized to explore ways in which ‘thinking on paper’, curiosity, and observation lead to innovation. It is Leonardo’s approach to examining the world, as much as what he revealed about it, that is his greatest legacy. He combined acute powers of observation, omnivorous curiosity, and intellectual rigor to explore the world around him and push beyond existing boundaries into new realms of understanding. By juxtaposing works from today with the Codex, we’re making connections between Leonardo and the creative potential of today’s artists, engineers, and designers.

Included in the exhibition is the IFF’s Coral Forest, plus a selection of newly curated miniature coral Pod Worlds, and a pedagogical section devoted to the mathematics behind the Crochet Coral Reef project.

Picking up the watery theme, the exhibition also features Bill Viola’s video installation The Raft.

Images © Institute For Figuring