The extraordinary Da Vinci Machines Exhibition is coming to Burnie

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie City Council are extremely excited to announce that the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition will be touring to Burnie in February 2014.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) was not only a great painter, most famous for his work the Mona Lisa, but also a great inventor and investigator of physics.

The exhibition demonstrates Leonardo’s studies in nature, anatomy, mechanics, flight and robotics. His work considered more relevant in today’s scientific world than 500 years ago when he first conceived his amazing ideas.

Created by the acclaimed Artisans of Florence in collaboration with the Niccolai Group and Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition now consists of over 75 exhibits, reconstructed from the manuscripts and drawings of the 15th century Renaissance artist.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “The exhibition will also include reproductions of all the paintings attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. This exhibition comes from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence Italy. I have been lucky enough to see this exhibition once before and it will simply be one of the most fantastic exhibitions to have ever come to Burnie.

“Our gallery will be the only Tasmanian venue to host the upgraded exhibition, before it leaves Australia indefinitely.

“All the machines are fantastic and are works of art in themselves, and we are equally excited about the inclusion of the paintings for this tour. This exhibition will be unlike anything the community have seen in the gallery before. It will be a particularly unique opportunity for students. It is a great exhibition for children, where a hands-on approach is encouraged in seeing how the machines work.”

For the first time in Tasmania, 15 exquisite reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s artworks will travel with the exhibition, including The Last Supper and The Virgin of the Rocks.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said “You will be able to come and witness the world’s first helicopter, tank, scuba diver and car. In most cases you can feel, touch and operate the machines and discover for yourself Leonardo’s genius. The flying machine and the robot will be huge drawcards.

“We hope all the local schools will inundate the gallery, and take the opportunity to feel like you are in Italy! I have my predecessor Greg Leong to thank, for being instrumental in securing the exhibition for the gallery in February 2014, just as schools go back.”

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net