Confindustria Presents Imagining the future. Leonardo da Vinci: in the mind of an Italian genius at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

By East City Art Editorial Team on June 19, 2023

Wed, June 21 2023 — Sun, August 20 2023

Digging machine courtesy of Confindustria.

Confindustria brings The Leonardo da Vinci Drawings to be Exhibited for the First Time in the U.S. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC.

The Exhibition opens to the public on June 21, 2023.

On June 20 at 11:00am at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, DC, an international press conference will be held to present the exhibition “Imagining the future. Leonardo da Vinci: in the mind of an Italian genius,” the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the Atlantic Codex in the USA.

The exhibit is spearheaded by Confindustria (the largest business association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy), together with the partner companies (Intesa Sanpaolo main partner; ITA Airways official carrier; 24ORE Cultura; Dolce&Gabbana; Dompè; Pirelli; Trenitalia; and the DC Public Library), with the curatorship of Alberto Rocca, Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington DC.

From June 21 to August 20, 2023, Library visitors will have the extremely rare opportunity to view Leonardo da Vinci sketches and notes dating to the 1400s, not seen in the United States until now. Twelve autograph drawings selected from the 1,119 sheets that make up the Codex.

The exhibit bears witness to the life intellectual of the Italian Master from 1478 to 1519, and retraces the themes most studied by Leonardo: mechanics, flight, hydraulics, perpetual motion, development of machines and gears. The philosophy of genius was based on observation and experimentation, which represent the cornerstones of Italian entrepreneurship.

Alongside the exhibit, the Library is hosting “Leonardo’s Lab,” an interactive exhibition developed by the Carnegie Science Center, with the opportunity for children and guys (6-14 years) to participate in activities like constructing structures with wooden slats, exploring aerodynamics with homemade ‘ornithopters’ and testing their skills at reverse writing on mounted chalkboards. Leonardo’s Lab is brought to us by the DC Public Library Foundation.

Imagining the Future will be open during regular Library hours and is free to the public. The exhibit closes on August 20, 2023.

Due to the high level of interest in Imagining the Future, visitors may encounter a wait to enter the exhibit.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is located at 901 G St. NW Washington, D.C., near the Metro Center and Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stations.